Meo's Colosseum at Kwaku Summer Festival
Kwakoe started in 1975 as a small-scale football tournament between the high-rise buildings of the Bijlmermeer. The initiators at the time, Chas Warning, Roy Groenberg alias Kaikusi, Guno Bakboord and Emile Esajas, pater familias of the famous “Esa Boys”, thought that this would give the youth who could not go on holiday a pleasant summer. The name of the tournament soon spreads beyond the city limits via the “mofo-corantie”. Football teams from all over the Netherlands travel to the Vogeltjeswei in the Bijlmer not only to enjoy the often exciting competition there, but also to meet each other over bamie, black pudding and flutter. There is a lively trade in food and drink from the trunk of parked cars. Kwakoe has become a household name.
In the 1990s, under the inspiring leadership of Winston Kout, Kwakoe grew into the current mega happening that has become an integral part of the annual party calendar. The Kwakoe festival now not only offers football as entertainment, the event has a whole range of activities programmed: Music performances, sports, food, beauty pageants, the presentation of a literature prize, debates and lectures. But there is a constant ; The famous Kwakoe atmosphere. The Kwakoe festival maintains that atmosphere regardless of the increase in the number of festivals, regardless of the negative publicity, regardless of the bad weather.
The Kwaku Summer Festival is a grand celebration of cultural diversity and identity in the Southeast district with culture, sports and food as the main forms of expression and where broad (social) participation and the Surinamese origin are the most important pillars.
To celebrate our partnership with Meo’s Colosseum we have created a brand new graphic T-Shirt showcasing our respective logos to show the power of communities coming together to grow together. So, whether you're a seasoned Surinamese food lover or curious to explore new culinary horizons, make Meo's Colosseum your go-to destination for an authentic Surinamese feast. Join us at our cozy eatery in Amsterdam and let us transport you to the vibrant streets of Suriname through the power of their irresistible dishes.
At Meo's Colosseum, they take pride in serving exceptional food and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Their friendly staff is ready to guide you through the menu, ensuring you find the perfect dish to suit your preferences. Whether you choose to dine in or take away, they guarantee a memorable experience that will keep you coming back for more.