Soon to be 20 years old, Quai 54 continues to grow

Since 2003 and its first edition at the playground of 54 quai Michelet in Levallois, Quai 54 has come a long way. founding son, Hammadoun Sidibe, too. In just under twenty years, “his” streetball tournament has become a world reference, going beyond the strictly sporting sphere. If it took place this year at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, it also moved to the Palais de Tokyo, at the Place de la Concorde. Even if it is well installed in the landscape basket, it still remains a challenge for the organizer.

“We always have this desire to progress, says Hammadoun. “You also have to know that it’s an event that people really like. So we always try to bring a little freshness. Especially after covid people really needed it.”

So much so that the appointment was sold-out quite quickly. If people come to see the basket, with now a women’s edition, entertainment and other concerts have grown in importance.

“It’s a sporting event but at the same time very cultural”.

We also talk about sneakers with the latest models bearing the image of the brand’s athletes, such as Luka Doncic present on this 2022 edition. But the arrival of the Dallas star or famous artists like Fally Ipupa, Dababy… owes nothing to chance. It is more the fruit of a long-term work.

“It’s a great pride to bring these people here in Paris. My background? Clearly it can inspire. People who think we can’t do things is nonsense. We always have full of projects. Afterwards, we would never have thought of reaching this height with this tournament. But the reality is that, when you work, it pays”.

Year round, this represents about ten people and between 200 to 250 on the weekend of the event. Bursting with ideas, Hammadoun Sidibé already knows where the next steps will take him.

“In Africa. We must go to Côte d’Ivoire soon. It is close to my heart because we are also expected a lot on that. So we will try to respond”.

Just like, no doubt, for the anniversary edition of 2023.

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