Roots Festival: Pages Bookstore founder Samer Al-Kadri
|location||:||Pakhuis De Zwijger|
|address||:||Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam|
|time||:||from 19:00 till 22:00|
On 20 June, the Founder of Pages Bookstore Café, Samer Al-Kadri will be interviewed during World Refugee Day. The event is part of the Amsterdam Roots Festival 2017 and explores the changing perspectives on refugees by investigating the power of art as a positive influence on the prevailing imagery, and its contribution to gaining new societal insights. An event full of music, inspiring speakers, interesting discussions, and art.
Samer Al-Kadri created the original Pages Bookstore Café in Istanbul as a meeting place and a space for spontaneous events, where locals and displaced Syrians alike could meet and enjoy literature, music, performance, and art. Its motto: “Pages, it’s your home.”
On 12 June Pages Bookstore Café opened its doors as the first Arabic bookstore in Amsterdam - a collaboration between founder Samer Al-Kadri, the Prince Claus Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).
With a tradition of over 35 years, Amsterdam Roots Festival presents artistic talent at the crossover between cultures, tradition, and innovation, creating an imagine of the global society.
From 19 to 25 June 2017, you can enjoy seven days of concerts, documentaries, theatrical boat tours, talks, performances, circus performances, and workshops.
On 20 June, Amsterdam Roots, in collaboration with Musicians without Borders and Pakhuis de Zwijger, organises an evening-filled programme around World Refugee Day.
Pakhuis De Zwijger
19:00-20:00: Reception, welcome word
20:00-22:00: Programme for World Refugee Day
22:00 hours: End of programme
Photo: Omar Imam , “Live, Love, Refugee”
Omar Imam is a Beirut-based, Syrian photographer and filmmaker. His project, “Live, Love, Refugee” examines the mental state of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, asking how relations and dreams are affected by conflict and displacement. It is a visual evocation of the pain and desire of Syrians who struggle to survive in their new land.