A festival of commemoration and celebration

With the abolition of slavery in 1863, the Surinamese people were finally emancipated from slavery in the Netherlands Antilles (formerly Dutch West Indies) and in Suriname. Today the people from these communities provide a key aspect of the colour and personality of Amsterdam, and are an integral ingredient in the city’s melting pot. As for the festival, Keti Koti, meaning 'Broken Chains' in Surinamese, is a free celebration of liberty, equality and solidarity. And it just keeps on getting bigger and better each year.

Rewriting legacies

From 13:00, the Bigi Spikiri parade begins, weaving its way to Oosterpark, where an explosion of Surinamese colour and joy will erupt throughout the field. From 18:15 onwards, a number of stages will showcase top musical talents such as Julian Marley, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Giovanca and Shirma Rouse, as well as lots of Surinamese character. The park will also be awash with traditional food and drink, debates, a Caribbean market and art exhibitions.

For the full programme, visit the Keti Koti Festival.