About Afrekete inc.

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Afro-Cuban Dance & Music Festival

Afrekete Inc. is an Incorporated Association (IA4647347) promoting authentic 
Afro-Cuban culture in Australia 
via Cuban, Dance, Music, Food & Art

Afrekete Inc. is Australia’s number one Cuban cultural community organisation. Afrekete is unique in promoting authentic Cuban culture throughout Queensland via dance, music, art, storytelling and folklore in its annual events, bringing together Australia’s authentic Cuban dance, music and culture experts.

Core members of Afrekete are professional Cuban dance and music artists who are highly engaging and supportive of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to exchange culture at their events.

Through their events, audiences are taken on an exhilarating journey exploring the African roots of Cuban rhythm though to modern Salsa.

Afrekete is the word for the Ocean Mother energy of the Arara Tradition in Africa, from the Dahomey region in present-day Benin.

Afrekete in Arara/ Dahomey is also the word for Yemaya (Yemoja) in the Yoruba culture of Nigeria, Iemanja of Brazil & Uruguay, Mamiwata of many African Nations.

The African Traditions were brought to Cuba with the transatlantic slave trade, where they metamorphosed into Afro-Cuban traditions. Afro-Cuban became the cauldron of all the later derivates of Song and Music, including Rumba, Son, and Salsa.

Those Afro-Cuban Traditions have been introduced into Australia by Cuban migrants and refugees, and kept alive by Australians who visited Cuba who also brought with them Afro-Cuban artefacts and music, dance and philosophy.

Like the Universal Mother, Afrekete advocates for an inclusive community, celebrating cultural diversity, fostering intercultural sharing, while also honouring and protecting our natural environment.

Our Story

Afrekete in Australia started in 2012 as a dance and music camp in Sawtell, south Coffs Harbour, on Gumbaynggirr country on NSW’s Mid-North Coast.

It was created by three pre-eminent Cuban dance artists – Christina Monneron, Adrian Medina and Israel Ortiz.

Afrekete is now an Incorporated Association in Queensland Australia since November 2022, and is also affiliated with the Cultural Association of Cuban Heritage & Roots in NSW.

It has evolved from a dance camp to a cultural organisation bringing together all the master Cuban artists from around Australia for them to teach and educate anyone who is interested in the music, dance, and culture of Cuba from its Afro Cuban roots to modern day interpretations.

Our Objectives

To foster authentic Cuban Dance, Music & Cultural Experiences via our events (Afrekete Festival)

To educate on Afro-Cuban traditions & history (‘I Am Ashe’)

To create easy access to Cuban master teachers in different communities, especially in regional areas

To explore the connection between Afro-Cuban (Yoruba) philosophy and nature (‘Who Is Nature’)

To give cultural context to the music and movement of Cuba (‘Cuba La Clave’)

Our Values

Our core values are: Connection; Respect; Diversity; Intercultural sharing; Deep listening; Creating community

Our Vision

The leading organisation  connecting Australians to authentic Afro-Cuban dance, music, art, culture & philosophy

Our Mission

  • To Connect to Nature
  • To Connect to Self
  • To Connect to Community

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June 2024

Amaroo on Mandalay
61-79 Manadalay Ave, Nelly Bay 4819 MAGNETIC ISLAND QLD

Afrekete 2024 will be operating in compliance with an industry approved Safe Event Plan

Afrekete Festival has been gratefully supported by the following organisations: 

  • City of Yarra Small Projects Grant in 2019 for Afrekete Winter Edition Melbourne
  • Coffs Harbour City Council Small Grants Funding 2014-2017
  • NSW’s Regional Arts CASP Funding 2015 and 2017
  • Auspiced by Coffs Harbour Arts Council Inc

Afrekete Inc. acknowledges all Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands we live, dance, drum, perform ceremony and teach on, and we pay respects to all Elders past, present and emerging.