Amsterdam Roots Festival
Oosterpark, Amsterdam © Arthena
Now a major event on the global music calendar, Amsterdam's Roots Festival started in 1983 as a celebration of African music. Today the annual programme draws top artists from everywhere around the world, and hordes of concertgoers who come to enjoy their talents. The festival concludes each year with a massive open-air concert in the Oosterpark, with performances spanning six stages. This final outdoor concert used to be free but now has a small cover charge; this concert is the highlight of the festival for many and a fantastic experience even if you are not familiar with the music. During the rest of the festival week about 60 concerts are held at different venues around the city. The Roots Festival is part of the Holland Festival and a wonderful experience for lovers of world music. Music genres are diverse, with main stages including World Stage, Club Stage, Urban Groove and Bass Stage and a lot of pop and dance music in the mix. Apart from the music there are dance and music workshops, lots of clothing and craft markets and a massive food fair where you can sample international cuisines as well as local specialties. There is an area dedicated to children's entertainment as well.
Venue: Various locations
Date: 19 - 25 June 2017