Tropikali Festival announces return to Amsterdam for sixth time

The queer-owned and produced festival is expanding this year from a single-day affair to a full weekend

Amsterdam's Tropikali Festival has announced its line-up for 2024, this time expanding from a one-dayer to a full weekend across June 22 and 23.

The queer-owned and produced festival promises its visitors - of which 5000 are expected per day at NDSM wharf - a musical journey "from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro, with a layover in Beirut".

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Over the two days, the festival's four stages are set to showcase different musical cultures to celebrate diversity within the LGBTQIA+ community. The Rosario stage is set to focus on music inspired by Latin America, welcoming names including ketia, Nala Brown and Populous whilst the Latinichta stage welcomes DJs including Ben Santana and Maura V to embrace beats of Latin and reggaeton from South America and the Caribbean. There is also include a stage takeover by The Planet, an Amsterdam-based FLINTA* club night featuring artists including DIORA, Slimfit, Adriana Lucid and Sukubratz.

On the Sunday, uptempo Balkan rhythms and Middle Eastern sounds are embraced on the Kalinichta stage, headlined by KasbaH, whilst the newly-added Secreto Stage meanders through house and techno, showcasing emerging names from queer underground club music, including Cashu and Slim Soledad.

It doesn't stop at music, either, as Tropikali welcomes a range of performances. Think theatre dancers, drag queens, oriental belly dancing, rope art and beyond.

Tropikali emerged in 2018, as Amsterdam queer parties Rosario and Kalinichta - focusing on Latin and electronic music and Balkan and Middle Eastern music respectively - came together. Its co-founders, partners Diederik Broekhuizen and Nicola Rinaldi, connected with local LGBTQIA+ communities upon their travels in these regions and having returned to Amsterdam, launched their parties. As a result, Tropikali was launched with the intention to platform Amsterdam's electronic music scene to those genres and the city's international queer community.

"We're especially looking forward to this year because we get to extend the Tropikali fun from one day, into a weekender," the pair explain. "We're very happy about the expansion of our musical offer, so we can extend our musical journey further, while uniting different groups within Amsterdam's queer community."

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Tickets for Tropikali festival are available here.

Niamh Ingram is Mixmag's Weekend Editor, follow her on Instagram