17-25 June 2006. The annual world music Roots Festival in Amsterdam opens with a performance of Karmen by Goran Bregovic and his Orchestra for Weddings and Funerals at the Paradiso on 17 June at 21.00. Other concerts and performances with music from India, Sudan, Spain, Cuba and Senegal are held at venues around the Dutch capital including the Tropentheater and the Melkweg. The high point is the free open-air festival in Oosterpark on 18 June: seven stages feature African, Balkan and Latin music as well as a multicultural market, workshops and parades 12.00-22.00. Gilberto Gil and his group from Brazil close the festival with a concert entitled Capoeira Amsterdam at the Concertgebouw at 21.00. A retrospective of Emir Kusturicas films (with music by Goran Bregovic) and a photo exhibition by Angle Etoundi Essamba are also on show at the Melkweg. Admission to Karmen 35. See website for detailed information.
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Amsterdam Roots Festival.
The Paradiso is at 6-8 Weteringschans, 1017 Amsterdam. By tram 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 & 10. The Oosterpark is near the Tropenmuseum in East Amsterdam. Bus 22 or tram 9 from Central Station. Tel. +31 (0) 20-5318181 firstname.lastname@example.org