Kwaku Summer Festival
Kwaku Summer Festival
The annual Kwaku Summer Festival will be taking over Nelson Mandela Park (formerly known as Bijlmer Park) in the south-east of Amsterdam over the course of four weekends for a multicultural melting pot of food, sports, dance and music. This year, Friday night celebrations have been added to the mix, as well as the usual Saturdays and Sundays.
This is a vibrant celebration of the culture from Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and the Caribbean!
Kwaku Festival: celebrating diversity
The Kwaku Festival (formerly Kwakoe) originally began as a football tournament organised for the first time in 1975 for youths living in Southeast Amsterdam. In 1983, the event became a full-blown festival celebrating Surinamese culture focused on those living in the high-rise social housing projects in the south-east of the city.
The event quickly became a beloved and lively celebration of art, food, sport and culture, leading to a dramatic expansion that now includes a diverse mix of ethnicities and backgrounds.
One of the most vivid festivals in the Netherlands, more than 300.000 visitors come to experience a whirlwind tour of multicultural Amsterdam through the popular food-trucks, dance workshops, visual arts, Caribbean market, a football tournament and mix of DJs and live musicians.
Festival opening times
Here are the opening times of the 2019 Kwaku Festival:
- Friday, July 19 and Friday, August 2: 5pm-12am
- Saturdays and Sundays from July 13-August 4: 2pm-12am
Music performance timetable
Visitors can enjoy live performances until the following times:
- Concerts on stage on Fridays: until 10pm
- Concerts in tents on Fridays: until 11pm
- Concerts on Saturdays and Sundays: until 10pm
Kwaku Festival highlights
The Kwaku Festival programme changes each year, and this means that there is always something new to look forward to. For the 2019 edition, perennial favourites, including the many food-trucks, main stage concerts and open-air market, will all be returning. This year, Kwaku boasts 100 food stands!
One of the most beloved events is the football tournament that sees amateur teams of all ages competing against each other for the Kwaku Cup.
Buy your Kwaku tickets
Plan your visit to Kwaku Summer Festival and book your tickets in advance on the Kwaku website.