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Clandestino Festival has been an annual cultural event in Göteborg, Sweden since 2003. It features music, art and literature from cosmopolitan cultural environments born out of the waves of global migration.

The program strives beyond a multiculturalism understood as a contemporary metamorphosis of racism.

The festival not only harbours alternative forms of music and diversity of cultural margins. It also challenges mainstream representations of ethnic differences and offers an innovative perspective on transculturalism beyond nationalistic myths and folklorification.

The projects that are organized under the Clandestino umbrella are opposed to all forms of separatism as well as exotifying and demonizing representations of the Other.

Through a broad genre-bending visionthat accomodates both known and future legends and an  affirmative approach to cultural expressions, Clandestino Festival has gained an international a reputation for promoting an uplifting critique of contemporary forms of cultural imperialism.

The festival was created in 2003 in order to give attention to the case of Peter Ekwiri – son of Ugandan father and Sudanese mother – who was victim of Swedish refugee dumping in Ghana. Among other African asylum seekers  classified as “unknown identities” Ekwiri was “repatriated” to Accra, Ghana where he was ending up in prison without trial for three years.

The organizer’s meeting with Peter Ekwiri in the prison was the springboard for the first edition of Clandestino Festival which also explains the name.  



Clandestino Festival takes place at several different venues, which means that the level of accessibility may vary. We have here summarized the information about how accessible the venues are.

Angered Theatre:
– The stages are accessible from ground level, which makes it easy to access the building by wheelchair.
– There’s a big parking area near the theatre, and parking spots reserved for those with a permit.
– An accessible WC is available.
– You can contact the theatre by calling 031-3315408 or e-mailing info[at]

– Wheelchair users can enter the church from the south side, where the entrance is at ground level.
– There’s a parking for those with a permit available, next to the south entrance.
– There’s an accessible WC available.
– A hearing loop is integrated in the sound system.
– If you have questions you can contact anders.brosche[at]

– It’s possible to access the venue by wheelchair at the back of the building.
– An accessible WC is available.
– You can contact them by calling 031-147100 or e-mailing info[at]

Musikens Hus:
– There’s a parking area behind the building.
– Entry is usually through the main entrance but wheel chair uses can, with help from the staff, enter by the yard directly into the concert venue.
– An accessible WC is available on the ground floor.
– There might be flashing lights and a smoke machine used on stage.
– For questions or help with entry you can contact them by calling 031-121583.

Stora Teatern:
– An access ramp and an elevator is available.
– For visitors with impaired vision seating is recommended from the fifth row.
– There’s a wireless hearing loop system available, visitors can borrow equipment from the staff. The loop system requires a hearing aid with a so called ”T switch”.
– An accessible WC is available.
– Guide dogs are welcome, but you have to book a ceartain seat. You can contact the ticket office by calling 031-3683299 or by e-mailing biljett[at]

The Museum of World Culture
– There are two parking spots available at the main entrance, for those with a permit. There’s also a large parking area at the back of the building. The main entrance is at ground level.
– There are two elevators available. If you need help you can contact the staff in the reception.
– There are accessible WC:s available on the second and third floor.
– The elevators have braille text and guide dogs are welcome.




The 17th edition of Clandestino Festival is curated by the artists El Perro del Mar and Mariam The Believer in collaboration with Aleksander Motturi who founded the festival in 2003.

Sarah Assbring took the name El Perro del Mar in 2003 when she released her first recordings. Her beautifully fragile songs earned her instant acclaim within Gothenburg’s booming indie scene. Since then, she has explored a wide palette of musical expressions. For example, on her latest album KoKoro, influences from Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Indian pop music have found their way into the songwriting.

Mariam Wallentin is known from the duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums and as a member of Fire! Orchestra. While those two projects tend to explore the outer reaches of drum-and-song experiments or embark on daring free jazz excursions, it is in the solo project Mariam The Believer that we find the melodic and soulful brilliance of Mariam Wallentin full on.




A limited amount of the first 4 day festival passes has now been released at an Early Bird price. They give access to all shows (unless otherwise stated) during Clandestino Festival 6–9 June 2019.

Ordinary price for a 4 day pass is 795 SEK. Early bird prices are changing every month; December (495, sold out), January (545, sold out), February (595, sold out), March (645, sold out), April (695, sold out), May (745) and June (795 SEK).

With a festival pass there’s a 50% discount on Club Clandestino-nights at Oceanen in Gothenburg this spring. Use code “ekwiri” while purchasing tickets for April 6 (Msafiri Zawose + Çheyk), May 11 (Skator + Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla), May 25 (Kel Assouf) och June 14 (Curl). You can also use code “ekwiri” for a discount on the concerts at Fasching in Stockholm on  May 31 (Wildbirds & Peacedrums + Nuri), June 4 (The Como Mamas) and June 8 (Bonga).

We will release tickets on April 3 for our other concerts. If there are any leftover tickets they will be sold at each venue.

The concert with Les Sœurs Hié takes place on the roof terrace at The Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg. Free entry with a festival pass or The Museum of World Culture’s Club Card. No seat reservation, first come first served.

The promoters reserve the right to make changes of the lineup and performances before and during the festival, if necessary. Festival passes are only sold for the festival itself and not for the individual artists and performances, and can’t be exchanged due to cancelled or changed bookings.





The 17th edition of Clandestino Festival will take place 6-9th of June in Gothenburg:

Kulturhuset Blå Stället
424 65 Angered

Haga kyrkoplan
411 23 Göteborg

Stigbergstorget 8
414 63 Göteborg

Djurgårdsgatan 13
414 62 Göteborg

Kungsparken 1
411 36 Göteborg

Södra Vägen 54
412 54 Göteborg

Olof Palmes Plats
413 04 Göteborg

Some concerts will take place at Fasching in Stockholm:

Kungsgatan 63
111 22 Stockholm






















The 17th edition of Clandestino Festival, 6-9 june 2019, is curated by the artists El Perro del Mar and Mariam The Believer in collaboration with Aleksander Motturi who founded the festival in 2003.

Clandestino Festival has been proudly organized and operated since 2003 by the non-profit Clandestino Institut. This event is made possible with support from Västra Götalands­­regionens Kulturnämnd, Statens Kulturråd, Göteborgs Stad Kulturnämnd and Medborgarskolan.

Artistic director: Aleksander Motturi. Co-curator: El Perro Del Mar and Mariam The Believer. Graphic design: Milena Karlsson. Editor: Markus Görsch. Production Manager: Lovisa Ralpher. Tech coordinator: Karl Kaardal. Copy editing: Sara Johansson & Barrie Sutcliffe. Press: Ebba Lindqvist PR. Financial administration: Silva Hildbrand & EMK revision. Web: Nodestar.