Kwakoe festival draws 350,000 visitors

10th August 2009, Comments 1 comment

The annual Kwakoe festival has drawn about 350,000 visitors, 50,000 more than last year.

Amsterdam - The annual Kwakoe festival held during the past six weekends in the Bijlmerpark in the southeast of Amsterdam has drawn about 350,000 visitors, 50,000 more than last year.

Kwakoe, which started in 1975 as a football tournament of the Surinamese community, has gradually grown into one of the main multi-cultural festivals in the Netherlands, including a tropical market, live music and a variety of cultural performances.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • steve posted:

    on 11th August 2009, 09:51:19 - Reply

    It is however sad that Kwakoe festival is failingon a number of fronts:
    Officials do not respect Kwakoe founding activity, football to such extent that the pitch is half sand and half grass; Players do not have where to dress from and they are not given even a drop of water during the entire match despite paying an entry fee of 175 euros per team; There is no medical team on the ground; The standard of refeering is pathetic...
    Secondly, the Police has taken Kwakoe for a place to make money by giving tickets to every car that drops or picks someone by the roadside around Kwakoe. As such relatives and freinds are dropped kilometers from Kwakoe which make them worn out by the time they get to the festival. The eldely have abandoned going to Kwakoe altogether. Perhaps the turn-out would be higher than 350,000 visitors!