25-27 JANUARY 2019


The journey starts Friday 5pm with the Opening Ceremony on the beach with Indigenous elders plus our own Afrekete team of elders - those initiated Santeros & Babalawos, then a Welcome Party with Cuba's finest musicians in CubanOz, playing traditional Son music!

Cuba Ceremony Afrekete 2013
Workshops then follow on Saturday & Sunday with the Hot Havana Nights party & showcase night with live Cuban Timba band "El Timbon" Saturday night. You will journey through the history & roots of Cuban culture through to the official closing ceremony & grand finale carnival beach party Sunday afternoon!! All teaching sessions will be held in the same room at the same time, and cater for Absolute Beginner to Advanced level dancers & teachers of Cuban dance, as we have exceptional dance teachers at your fingertips who will separate into the different levels. PLUS most dance workshops are to live music by our incredible music maestros (not to mention some extra 2hr intensive Masterclass workshops in both dance and percussion on the Sunday for the more advanced dancer or teacher of Cuban dance).

Hot Havana Nights Party Workshop 13 Feb 2015


Friday 25th January

Friday 25th January


(exact location TBC)

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

Cuban Dinner
(Prebooked only)

8.00PM - 11.45PM
Welcome Party with live SON band CubanOz plus follow the leader tasters of the weekend ahead & a few surprise performance
FREE for Full Ticket Holders Only
($30 at door or $25 prepaid via Booking Site)

Saturday 26th January

Saturday 26th January

7.30AM - 8.30AM

9AM - 10AM
(Kpalogo - The history of Clave via West African Kpalogo percussion & dance in with Mamata)

10AM - 11AM
Yoruba chants - the ancient songs of the Yoruba tradition (South-west Nigeria, Togo, Benin).

11AM - 12.30PM
Yoruba dance* - Orisha dance of Obatala (Orisha of peace & tranquility, the mountain), Ochosi (Warrior Orisha of the forests, the hunt), Oya (Warrior/Goddess Orisha of the storms & afterlife gateways)

12.30PM - 2.00PM
**NEW Lunchtime session
Cuban spirituality, the sacred music & the dances

2.00PM - 3.00PM
Arara dance* - Asojano/Asoyin - one of the tribal dances honouring the earth & the harvest originating from Dahomey region (Nigeria)

3.00PM - 4.00PM
Bantu dance* - the tribal dances from the Congo

4.00PM - 5.30PM
Rumba for men & women (Separately 30min, then 1hr partner-work via Rumba Yambu*)

6.30PM - 7.30PM

8.00PM - 11.45PM
Hot Havana Night Party & "Roots of Salsa" Showcase night with live Cuban Timba band El Timbon & Cuban DJ AV El Cubano
($30 at door or $25 prepaid via Booking Site)

(*Beginner/Improver dancers and Intermediate/ Advanced dancers separately)
(Note - Meals are for those prepaid only)

Sunday 27th January

Sunday 27th January

7.30AM - 8.30AM

9.30AM - 10.30AM
Yoruba chants - the ancient songs of the Yoruba tradition continue to live Bata percussion (Main Hall)

10.30AM - 11.30AM
Rumba Mimetica – how to apply parts of Rumba to your Salsa & Performance (Main Hall)
(2hr Bata drum percussion basics in Space 3 - 10.30-12.30 - to play in Afro-Cuban Masterclass 1.30-3.30pm)

11.30AM - 12.30PM
Son* - the father of Salsa (Main Hall)
(2hr Bata drum percussion basics in Space 3 - 10.30-12.30 - to play in Afro-Cuban Masterclass 1.30-3.30pm)

12.30PM - 2PM
**NEW Lunchtime Session

Understand the intricacies of a Latin ensemble on congas, claves & cowbell

2.00PM - 3.00PM
Mambo/ Chachacha* (Beginner/ Improver - Main Hall)
(Intermediate/ Advanced Level Afro-Cuban Masterclass in Space 2)

3.00PM - 4.00PM
 Casino/ Cuban Salsa*  (Main Hall)
(Intermediate/ Advanced Level Afro-Cuban Masterclass in Space 2)

4.00PM - 5.00PM
Reggaeton Fusion

5PM - 5.30PM
End of Workshop Q&A

Closing Ceremony on the beach (location TBA)

Cuban Dinner on the beach (at own cost - $15 cash direct to caterer)
Pre-order essential!!!

Beach after-party until 10pm
(open to Full Event Pass-holders only)
(Note - Meals are for those prepaid only)

What else is on?

~ Authentic Babalawo readings for clarity on your soul destiny*
~ Private dance, song or percussion lessons with any instructor*
~ Sunday night Cuban dinner ($15*)

*Additional activities at own cost


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


Details of our 2019 venue on the
Gold Coast coming soon.


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