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Kwaku festival about to get underway in Amsterdam

Kwaku festival about to get underway in Amsterdam
14 Jul 2014

From July 12th to August 10th Amsterdam Zuidoost  will be transformed into multicultural hub of fun and excitement as Bijlmerpark welcomes the Kwaku summer festival for two consecutive weekends.

Formally known as the Kwakoe Festival, the Kwaku will be in its 38th year in 2014 as the gathering celebrates diversity, food, unity, music and dance.

The festival’s beginnings are grounded in the celebration of the abolition of slavery in the Dutch Antilles and Suriname and its main aim is to bring together people of different races and cultures.

In this year's event there will also be an expanded offering of theatre and dance, with new additions the Bijlmer Parktheater and Podium ZO! being incorporated into the festivities for the first time.

Some 300,000 visitors are expected this year, and they’ll be entertained with DJs, dance workshops and live music.

A huge Caribbean marker will also be in place, selling a range of cultural foods and items. There’s something for everyone at the Kwaku Festival and there will be a number of family friendly activities as well as those for couples and singles.

What’s more, there will be a massive selection in terms of things to eat. The festival is famous for the wide array of street food vendors that set up stall every year. From Surinamese cuisine to Korean tacos, there’s an acquired taste for all to try at the event.

The selection of global foods available is quite staggering and this is definitely on of the key draws for the festival.

For football fans there's also the Kwaku cup, where teams from various different nationalities compete as the festival goes on. The winners get their hands on a trophy and anyone can enter a team.

Amsterdam is a city of rich history and culture and there are many things to do on a city break of extended trip. World class museums include the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk and the Van Gogh Museum and there’s also the flower market and the Vondelpark to explore.ADNFCR-408-ID-801734932-ADNFCR

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