Thank you all for joining us on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2024

Esmah Lahlah, Member of Parliament, ambassador of Rooted

THank you for joiNing us!

We look back on an inspiring first edition of Rooted Festival on Thursday 20 June 2024 at De Hoorneboeg (Hilversum).

Thank you to everyone involved, we are grateful that you’ve joined us and contributed to the success of Rooted Festival 2024!

Have a look at a selection of photos here.

Have a look at the aftermovie below.

Rooted supports people with a migratory background in rooting in the Netherlands and mostly, in themselves. At Rooted we believe rooting goes beyond finding a job, learning a language, and joining a community. Rooting is about living as your authentic self, grounding your memories of the past and dreams for the future in the present moment. It is about learning to dance with your multiple identities and accepting that there is a place for ‘all of you’ in the here and now. At Rooted we provide a safe space, increased consciousness, and concrete tools to be your true and rooted self.

What does it take to integrate in a new society, while staying true to who you truly are? How do we build a collective home, with room for all our identities and roots?

How can we give shape to integration systems in which people are supported in rooting and creating a sense of belonging? How do I let my authentic voice be heard? How do I feel rooted in Dutch nature?

You will explore these questions through engaging workshops and panel discussions. You can also watch short films and enjoy music, inspiring speakers and theater performances. We invite you to come home and root with us.

  • 13.30 ARRIVAL
  • 14:00 – 15.00 PLENARY SESSION
  • 15:00 – 15.30 BREAK
  • 15:30 – 16:45 WORKSHOP ROUND I
  • 16:45 – 17:15 BREAK
  • 17.15 – 18.30 WORKSHOP ROUND II
  • 18.30 – 20.00 DINNER AND DRINKS
  • 20:00 – 22.00 PLENARY SESSION

Your ticket gives you access to participate in everything. This includes workshops, two drinks, and dinner. Our chef, Kevin from Bij De Tuinman, and two guest chefs: Natalia and Bader, have designed a menu rooted in their cultural heritage!

The address is: Hoorneboeg 5, 1213 RE, Hilversum (The Netherlands). We are easily accessible by public transport or OV-bike. Our parking space is limited, but if you have no other option, you can reserve a parking spot for €10 per day. You will see this option automatically when you purchase your ticket.

The festival takes place outdoors. Enjoy the beautiful nature at De Hoorneboeg! Don’t worry about the weather, as there will be a large festival tent.

We are happy to help you. Please contact the festival team via

Leila Prnjavorac, public speaker and presenter, ambassador of Rooted

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Van kwetsbaarheid naar kracht

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Rodaan Al Galidi, award-winning author and poet, ambassador of Rooted


ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) ESMAH LAHLAHMember of parliament

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) FRANK CANDELChairman Board of Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) NAAZSinger

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) SAMAN AMINISinger and actor

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) ANNA DRIJVERActress and writer

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) ANDREA VONKEMANHead of UNHCR the Netherlands

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) LEILA PRNJAVORACSpeaker and presenter

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) NOOR CORNELISSENFounder and director of Rooted

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) HANNA VERBOOMFounder and creative director of Cinetree

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) SORAYA SHAWKIPoet and researcher

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) ELENA PONZONIAssistant professor VU Amsterdam

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) ALEJANDRA ORTIZWriter

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) Dilan YurdakulActress, writer and performer

ActiviteitPlenary01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) Weini WolduTranscultural system therapist


ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) CHILDREN OF THE LABYRINTH“Writing to our children.”

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) Tapestry of memories - Welcome app“Rooting in our (artistic) traditions.”

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) MAKERS UNITE“Connecting makers. Uniting people.”

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) P4Mi (Platform for Migration and Integration)“Bridging cultural gaps and promoting inclusion through cultural mediation.”

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) Show me who you arein a poem and a picture

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) SANDRA NAUTA VAN DER RIJST“Rooting: what is the title of your history book?”

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) WICK LICHTVELD“Being as one: we are all rooted.”

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) HESTER DAM“Voice liberation: let your authentic voice be heard.”

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) CHARO DURAN“We long to belong.”

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) THE UKRAINIAN VILLAGEShort film screening and interview with filmmakers

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0000:0009:00 - 00:00(GMT+02:00) QiGongby Olga Verbovska

ActiviteitWorkshops01apr09:0010:0009:00 - 10:00(GMT+02:00) SACHA POST“Nature's seasonal flow”


art & poetry exhibitions, weave along, People for people, Rooted library, pick your own herbs

film selection on the cinetree film platform

Van kwetsbaarheid naar kracht

Werk samen aan verandering

Wil je langer blijven?

Hilversum 600
Ben & Jerry’s
Bij de Tuinman
De Hoorneboeg
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