MELBOURNE 7-9 JUNE! 

EVENTS PROGRAM

The journey starts Friday 2.30pm with conferences on Afro-Cuban culture, spirituality, music plus Afro-Cuban body movement to live percussion, all at Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre. Then at 5.30pm an Opening Ceremony on Kirra Beach with Indigenous Welcome plus our own Afrekete team of elders - those initiated Santeros & Babalawos, sacred drummers & dancers. after which a Welcome Party with live Cuban Rumba drumming, Cuban DJs til 12am!

Cuba Ceremony Afrekete 2013

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Workshops then follow all day on Saturday at Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre & Sunday at Kirra Hill Community Centre with the White Hot Havana Night party & showcase Saturday night with live Cuban Salsa band El Timbon, featuring extra special guest musicians direct from Cuba at Kirra Sports Club nearby. Throughout the weekend, you will journey through the history & roots of Cuban culture through to the official closing ceremony & grand finale mini-festival with Cuban food, crafts, art, & music on Sunday at Kirra Hill Community Centre!! All teaching sessions will cater for Beginner to Advanced level dancers & teachers of Cuban dance, as we have exceptional dance masters at your fingertips. PLUS most dance workshops are to live music by our incredible music maestros (not to mention some extra intensive Masterclass workshops in both dance and percussion for the more advanced dancer or teacher of Cuban dance).

Hot Havana Nights Party Workshop 13 Feb 2015

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Thursday 24th January

Thursday 24th January

3-6PM

Pre-event Masterclass with special guest Maestro Narciso Medina
in Springbrook Queensland
(Gold Coast Hinterland)

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
($140* - Includes return transport Coolangatta-Springbrook, Masterclasses, dinner & share-accommodation Thursday night plus breakfast Friday morning)
*Please email afrekete@protonmail.com for bookings and eligibility

Friday 25th January

Friday 25th January

1.30PM

Registrations Open
Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre


2.30-3.30PM

Cuban Culture & Spirituality/ Personal meanings/ Influences of Afro-Cuban spirituality in today's music (eg El Niño/ El Noro/ Chacal/ Habana d'Primera etc)

 

3.30-4.30PM

Afro-Cuban body movement to live percussion

5.30PM

OPENING CEREMONY at KIRRA BEACH
(Meet-up at 5.15pm)

Official Welcome Ceremony with Indigenous Elder & Afrekete Santeros & Babalawos officially welcome you to Afrekete via ceremony & sacred songs & drumming 

7.30PM - 12AM
Welcome Party with live Rumba drumming & DJ Alfredo plus follow-the-leader tasters of the weekend ahead
FREE EVENT for Full Ticket Holders Only
($10 on door to non-full-ticket holders)

Saturday 26th January

Saturday 26th January

8.40AM - 9.40AM
Afro-Cuban Cleansing Ceremony with Babalawo Alexis
Kirra Beach (under the Watchtower)

NB: SATURDAY WORKSHOPS AT COOLANGATTA SENIOR CITIZENS CENTRE - 2 Gerard St Coolangatta
10AM - 11AM

Arara dance* -
AfreketeAsojano- the tribal dances honouring the earth & the ocean originating from Dahomey region (Nigeria)

11.10AM - 12.10PM
Bantu dance* - the Yuka & Palo tribal dance from the Congo

12.20-1.20PM
Merengue Franco-Haitiano* - the influence of the revolution in Haiti brought over to the east coast of Cuba

1.20PM - 2.20PM
Lunchtime

2.20PM - 3.20PM
Yoruba chants -
the ancient songs of the Yoruba tradition (South-west Nigeria, Togo, Benin) with Alexis Nimo, IFA High Priest & Bata drummers

3.30PM - 5PM
Yoruba dance* - Orisha dance of the 2 reigning Orishas as divined by Letra Del Año - Oshun (Goddess of Love, the Rivers) & Ogun (Warrior of metals, truth, the forest)

5PM
CLOSE OF WORKSHOPS

7PM - 8PM
Suggested pre-party dinner at own cost at Kirra Sports Club

8PM - 2AM
A White Hot Havana Night Party & Dance night with live Cuban Salsa band El Timbon & Cuban DJs 
($30 at door or $25 prepaid via Booking Site)
FREE TO FULL PASS HOLDERS!!

Sunday 27th January

Sunday 27th January

NB: SUNDAY WORKSHOPS & MARKET AT KIRRA HILL CULTURAL CENTRE - 1 Garrick St Coolangatta

9.30AM - 10.30AM

Afro-Contemporanea - learn from Cuba's Maestro de los maestros Narciso Medina (Open Level in Space 1)
Son - the father of Salsa (Open Level in Space 2)

10.40AM - 11.40AM
Rumba - Styling for women (Open Level in Space 1)
Rumba
 - Columbia for men(Open Level in Space 2)

11AM-4PM
Fería Cubana - Cuban Market Place 
(on the Lawn)

Arts, Crafts, Food, Coffee

11.50AM - 12.50PM
Rumba Application – how to apply parts of Afro-Cuban Rumba to Casino/ Cuban Salsa & Son (Open Level in Space 1)
Bata Drumming Masterclass 1 (Arts Space 3)

1PM - 2.30PM
Lunch 
Lunch-time session
OPEN LEVEL MUSICALITY WORKSHOP
Understanding Afro-Cuban Music and it's influence in Timba Cubana (the Salsa music of today)
(Outside under the building - Arts Space 3)

2.30PM - 3.50PM
**NEW - Ensemble Class - A new Follow-me for Advanced dancers in different movement techniques (Space 1)
Cuban Salsa Shines (Open Level in Arts Space 2)
Bata Drumming Masterclass 2 (Open Arts Space 3)

4PM - 4.50PM
CASINO* -
Cuban Salsa at it's best with the influence of the roots of Salsa throughout
(*Open & Advanced in separate space)
 
5PM
WORKSHOPS CLOSE (Q&A)

5.30PM

Closing Ceremony on Kirra Beach

7.30PM-1AM
***Our NEW After-Party at Kirra Sports Club hosted by Latinmania with DJs Alejandro & Cubanito (extra cost to all - $10 prepaid or $15 at the door)

What else is on?

~ Authentic Babalawo readings for clarity on your soul destiny*
~ Private dance, song or percussion lessons with any instructor*
~ Friday night Cuban dinner*
~ Saturday night dinner out at Kirra Sports Club before dance party*
~ Sunday night dinner*
~ Sunday night After-party*

*Additional activities at own cost

ARTISTS

We have over 12 fantastic artists joining us for the weekend - here's the complete who's who.

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