"Kwakoe Festival" Events Tip by isolina_it

Events, Amsterdam: 24 reviews and 26 photos


Soccer, fun, laughter, sun, new experiences and foods, the best bbq'd chicken in the northern hemisphere, beer, more food, dancing and relaxation. A truly memorable experience.

Once a year, Amsterdam is treated to the greatest and most colourful festival around. What makes this festival so unique is that it's organised by and for the many migrant cultures of Amsterdam. The majority of the people live in the infamous "Bijlmer", which is where the white folk normally don't dare come after dark because of the drugs problem.

This festival gives the local community the opportunity to firstly hangout with old friends, family and other peopleof the same nationality. Secondly they can present their culture and heritage in a positive attitude, to all those willing to listen and learn.
Big mama's frying food, singing along with the Bob marley on the radio. Old black dudes with hair white as snow, sitting around a table sipping on 1 litre bottles of Djogo beer, cigar dangling out their mouths, laughing their asses off and just chilling. African style. The majority come from Suriname, which is a former colony of the netherlands on the north east coast of South America. Primarily of african descent but also a large community of suriname-hindoestanis of asian descent. Other countries include e.g. ghana, algeria, nigeria, and other african countries. Theres tons of booths that sell tradional homemade food, drinks and clothing and other assorted ***.
When the Kwakoe festival first started, it was basically just a simple soccer tournament. The different nationalties of the Bijlmer would make teams and then play against each other. Now it's a full-on social event. However the soccer is still the main item. The soccer field is in the centre of the festival area and all other stands etc. are in a circle around the field. Nowadays even amateur soccer teams fly from southamerica and africa to partake in these friendly matches.

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  • Written Apr 4, 2003
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