From the beaches of Goa, LaLaLand is coming to Ruigoord Amsterdam on Saturday,
July 8 & Sunday, July 9.

Get to know amazing India without flying! The first edition of the two-day event LaLaLand will take place at Ruigoord Amsterdam. For a whole weekend (8 & 9 July) you  can enjoy more than 30 performances, from dance acts, (classical) Indian music, to DJs, meditation and Yoga by Happinez. Meet contemporary India with workshops, arts&crafts, Bollywood, Artificial Intelligence, hip hop, rap, reggae, a magician, field hockey and cricket and delicious Indian food. LaLaLand is a great opportunity to experience together with family and friends!

Felix Room

Classic Indian music and dance can be heard at LaLaLand in the “Felix Room”, a glass dome at Ruigoord. The Felix Room is dedicated to the curator of ethnomusicology and “the father of Indian music in the Netherlands” Felix van Lamsweerde (1934-2021). Among other things, Van Lamsweerde organized concerts of Indian musicians in the Netherlands such as Ravi Shankar from the 1950s in the last century and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Van Lamsweerde was invaluable in establishing cultural connections between India and the Netherlands. His daughter Lalita van Lamsweerde – de Goederen, together with Noreen van Holstein, are the creators of LaLaLand-the Magic of India. 

DesiYUP will also participate during the first edition of LaLaLand. On the 8th of July the children’s book ‘Radha’s first concert’, written by Mahesvari Autar and illustrated by Alissa Lubrano will be available at the Felix Room. 

A mix of musical performances  

LaLaLand is characterized by a diverse and varied program. From Bharatanatyam to Bollywood dance, from classical Indian music to hip-hop and rap, from drama to illusionism. In addition to the master of the slide guitar Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, ClimateProv, Bhisaji Gadekar, Manmeet Kaur and DJ Baba Robijn, there are many artists coming from India and The Netherlands such Tritha Sinha aka DJ Pagli, the music ensemble Lakkshya Quartet and spoken word artist Priyam Redican, Bollywood dance group Bollylicious, the duo Lenneke van Staalen (violin) & Heiko Dijker (tabla), the dance company Kalpanarts, the magician Ramana Magic and the Sarnami-Hindustani reggae company SHIWA.

Yoga and Sports

The LaLaLand programme includes soft power elements that India is famous for. There will be food, sports activities such as cricket, field hockey clinics and yoga workshops with various yoga teachers from Yoga By Happinez such as Afke Reijenga.

Don’t miss out and visit LaLaLand Amsterdam on 8 & 9 July! A day pass costs € 37.50, children up to 12 years have free entrance. Book your tickets here: 

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