Date(s) - 26/07/2015
14:00 - 22:00
Nelson Mandela Park
Kwaku is the biggest Surinam-Caribbean festival in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. It is organized in the Nelson Mandelapark, in the middle of the Surinam-Caribean neighborhood of Amsterdam. One day during this multi-day festival the LGBT community gets centre stage: this year on the 26th of July.
Because of the former Dutch colonies in the Caribbean and South America (the present day country Surinam) there is a large Surinam and Caribbean community in Amsterdam. Although this community has a strong religious tradition and can sometimes by socially conservative, Kwaku festival has since several years a special LGBT day: Roze Kwaku. This day also functions as a kick off for the Amsterdam Pride, the week long LGBT festival with the world famous Canal Parade.
The festival has a relaxed, laid back atmosphere with beautiful people, young and old, men and women, strolling through the festival. Bands perform, discussions ar being organized, people sell stuff and especially food and drinks. The Surinam cuisine is one of the most eclectic in the world with influences form Indonesia, India, China and Africa.
The festival is within easy reach from the city centre with the metro to Bijlmer Station. From this station it is a 15 minute walk. Tickets to the festival can be bought at the gate for a reasonable €5,-