Market of the People

Dialog between cultures is the main focus of the Market of the Peoples. About 70 craftspeople, traders and specialty-dealers acquaint visitors with craft products from all over the world.
On one hand, the market is a platform for many different traditional crafts threatened or disappearing as a result of modernisation. The market is also a forum for new trends in the field of these crafts. Some examples include the creation of recycled products using tin cans or telephone wire. Countries from which exhibitors have come in the past include Portugal, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Indonesia, China, Japan, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, South Africa, Canada, Argentina and Guatemala.

The world of handmade crafts is changing constantly. The Museum für Völkerkunde follows this process and provides the opportunity for visitors to experience these exciting changes directly. In the Market of the Peoples, manufacturing techniques are put on display in live performances, through film and other media. We value fair trade highly; we find it important that local economies, small family businesses and other projects are purposefully supported. Through this market, the museum also aims to directly support different craftspeople.

The exhibitors are selected according to the quality of their goods and especially by their interest in the dialog with the museum’s visitors. The exhibitors are almost always experts of their cultural regions and the representatives of aid organisations are always interested in explaining the work of their groups.

The Market of the Peoples is also known for its diverse cultural programme. Musicians, singers and folklore groups give performances; for children there is make-up, crafts, painting and a story-telling workshop.
The Market is a festival for the whole family.
Since 2008, each Market of the Peoples has had its own focus. This focus determines the selection of exhibitors and the organisation of the cultural programme.
In 2008, the topic was India; in 2009, it was the Indians of North America; in 2010 the topic was Latin America. And 2011 the topic was the Orient.


The next Market of the People is held on November 16 – November 19, 2017.

Opening hours:

Wednesday 6 p.m. – 10. p.m. | Thursday – Saturday
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |
Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Happy Hour:

Every evening between
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
the admissions are discounted:
3€ | reduced 2€


Are you an exhibitor and are interested in selling your products at the Market of the Peoples 2017?
If yes, please send us your informal application before March 31, 2017.
Please include the following information: Your name and some background information, what you will sell, and where your products come from.
Please also enclose photographs or demonstration material and send your application to:

Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg
Markt der Völker
Rothenbaumchaussee 64
20148 Hamburg