Romy Fernandez
July 1st, Amsterdam. Bigi Spikri is a Surinamese term literally means "big mirror", it's a cozy and colorful procession in traditional costumes to commemorate and celebrate the abolition of slavery. During this annual festive parade in Suriname, people wearing native costumes walked in front of the shop windows of Paramaribo, using these as large mirrors where they admired themselves. Since 2009 there is an annual Bigi Spikri parade in Amsterdam. After the procession, takes place the ceremony in the Oosterpark, where the Monument Dutch Slavery and Heritage is stand up. The ceremony counts with the presence of representatives of the Cabinet, the Ministers Plenipotentiary of Curaçao, St. Maarten and Aruba, the Ambassadors of Suriname, Ghana.
The procession started at the Stopera, Amsterdam.
Antoin Deul, President of NiNsee ( The National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy).
Diana Ferrus, a South African writer poet and storyteller of mixed Khoisan and slave ancestry.
The ceremony took place at the Oosterpark, where the Slavery Monument (Slavernijmonument) stands up.