About Afrekete

Australia's Unique Cuban Culture and Spirit Festival... by the sea!

Afrekete is a community organisation that promotes authentic Cuban culture in Australia via Cuban Dance, Music & Art

We do this through our annual events as well as workshops leading up to the main events.

Afrekete comes from the word for the Ocean Mother energy of the Arara Tradition originally from Dahomey region in present-day Benin and came to Cuba with the slaves.

It is also the name of our annual Afro-Cuban Roots Festival by the Sea on the Gold Coast, featuring authentic Cuban dance, music and culture experts!

Come and share this special gathering with us, and co-create an energetic centre to connect to the roots of this sacred ancestry, and experience a real piece of Cuba in Australia!

We always start with an Official Opening Ceremony with cultural exchange from local Indigenous Elders and our Afro-Cuban team performing ceremonious drumming and dance, then continue over a whole weekend of dance and music workshops and performances by our Cuban dance and music maestros. Feel the heartbeat of Cuba and let the rhythm move you…

Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th January 2022

Tugun Village Community Centre & Southern Beaches Community Garden
414 Coolangatta Rd, Tugun, Gold Coast QLD

Afrekete 2022 is operating in compliance with a COVID Safe Event Plan

Afrekete Festival has been the proud recipient of

Afrekete has also been previously supported by

  • City of Yarra Small Projects Grant in 2019
  • 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 acknowledges all Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners of the lands we live and work on.