ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne amps it up!

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30. September 2021
New look, new swing, new rooms – on the 1st of October 2021 there is reason to celebrate, and you’re more than invited!

We are especially happy that we could win the great soul and jazz band “The Dead Cats” (from Lille/FR) for a guest performance!

Where: RRCGN relaunch event with live music, dancing, screenings and finger food!
When: 10/01/2021, 17:00 to 21:00 (coming later/leaving earlier no problem!).
Where: iJuLa room, Herthastraße 50 (backyard), Cologne-Zollstock
With: 3G (proof of immunization or test no older than 48h)
Please register at so that we can keep track of the total number of guests and comply with the Corona regulations.

It’s been 20 years since Rotterdam was European Capital of Culture in 2001 – and a small local project was born: ROOTS & ROUTES!
In 2006, 15 years ago, the first international ROOTS & ROUTES project in Cologne immediately rocked the main stage of the Summerjam festival.
In fall 2014, 7 years ago, the first two projects of the newly founded ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne (RRCGN) association started.
Time for a look back, a look forward and a change of scenery!

On October 1st we want to celebrate with you 20 years of ROOTS & ROUTES and 7 years of RRCGN projects. And take the opportunity to relaunch our website and public relations: The new logo shows three stylized knobs, more and more turned up – we support young artists* to be heard and turn up the volume! The new claim “createxchange” focuses on the core of RRCGN’s work: creating spaces for creative exchange – whether at international youth encounters, or most recently at our intersectional youth creative lab (iJuLa) in Zollstock. What remains is the association name, the red hue that ROOTS & ROUTES has had in its logo for 20 years – and of course our international network!

This includes Cologne’s twin cities like Lille: that’s where Freddy Chattuais comes from, who participated in various ROOTS & ROUTES projects from 2013 to ’15. With his band “The Dead Cats” he will enrich the evening with live music – joined on piano: Maximien Aldebert (now Florence), music coach in some RRCGN projects.

Other musical contributions will come from the fantastic newcomer band “Die Horsecocks,” whose members are active on the iJuLa Youth Board of Trustees, and from RRCGN team member Mehregan Behrouz, who participated as a vocalist in the first-ever “The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience” project in 2008.

We look forward to a great afternoon and evening with you!

Kind regards

Janna, Mehregan, Tim, Yves & Sascha