Clandestino Festival is an alternative music festival that also includes other art forms and talks, that has taken place in Göteborg since 2003. The festivalfeatures international artists from places that are shaped by the the waves of global migration, creating a new alternative to commercial mainstream culture.

One of the original motifs was to bring attention to the case of Peter Ekwiri who was incorrectly deported to Ghana, even though he came from Uganda and Sudan,  after having been refused asylum in Sweden.

The festival reaches beyond multi-culturalism and fights the new faces of racism. It takes place at the center of migration and pluralism and challenges dominating ideas of cultural differences. The project in its entirety inspires to think rethink differences between people, beyon exotism, victimization and demonization.

By means of a genre defying electronic uproar, a posing of known and future legends, underground academic excursions and suggestive sound art, Clandestino Festival creates a different heart beat.

Over the years we have had the honor to present artsists such as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Orchestra Baobab, Fatoumata Diawara, Buju Banton, Hindi Zahra, Konono N° 1, José González, Susheela Raman, Little Dragon, The Göteborg String Theory, Khaira Arby, Wu Fei, Junip, Tavlin Singh, Fun^da^mental, Midaircondo, Le peuple de l’herbe and many, many more. A few examples of authors we have presented: Nawal El Saadawi, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak och Trinh T Minh-ha.

Previous editions:
Clandestino Festival 2012
Clandestino Festival 2011
Clandestino Festival 2010
Clandestino Festival 2009
Clandestino Festival 2008
Clandestino Festival 2007
Clandestino Festival 2006
Clandestino Festival 2005
Clandestino Festival 2004
Clandestino Festival 2003

There is no general rule about how old you have to be to attend our events. Certain restrictions for people younger than 18 years apply to venues that serve alcohol, due to Swedish alcohol legislation. For more information please contact the venue in question.

Clandestino Festival is arranged by the non-profit organisation Clandestino Institut, with support from Västra Götalandsregionens Kulturnämnd, Göteborgs Stads Kulturnämnd and Statens Kulturråd. Artistic director: Aleksander Motturi. Press and text production: Markus Görsch. Project coordinator: Karin Gréen. Grafic design: Dan Bunnskog. Technical coordination: David Zackrisson. Economy: Silva Hildebrand. Web: Jesper Lind, Erik Grettve and Johan Grettve, Nodestar. Documentation: Kari Jantzén, Damien Priest, David Márques López, Linda Hofvander, Nora Bencivenni, Roozbeh Behtaji, Amanda Johansson & Lotta Andersson. Advisory Board: Dave Watts (co-curator), Edda Manga, Michael Azar, Johannes Anyuru, Mattias Gardell, Daniel Lemma, Noah Tewolde, My Andrén Rosenlind, Christian Pallin, Anna Gavanas, Göran Dahlberg, Nathalie Barusta Gäbel, Nicholaus Sparding and Martin Hansson. A big megahyperthanks to all volunteers.

For the latest updates, please sign up to our newsletter (see above) and like us on facebook. Questions? info [at] clandestinofestival [dot] org. Letters, postcards: Clandestino Institut, Stigbergstorget 8, 414 63 Göteborg, Sweden.


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