About Afrekete inc.
Home of Australia's Premier Dedicated 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.
Together they take audiences 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 and dance.
Like the Universal Mother, Afrekete advocates for an inclusive community, celebrating cultural diversity and intercultural sharing.
Afrekete in Australia started in 2012 as a dance and music camp based in Coffs Harbour, mid north coast NSW.
It was created by three pre-eminent Cuban dance and music teachers – Christina Monneron, Adrian Medina and Israel Ortiz.
Afrekete is now an Incorporated Association in Australia (QLD) since November 2022 and is also affiliated with the Cultural Association of Cuban Heritage & Roots (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.
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) songs and nature (‘Who Is Nature’)
To give cultural context to the music and movement of Cuba (‘Cuba La Clave’)
Our core values are: Connection; Respect; Diversity; Intercultural sharing; Listening; Tolerance
To foster connection through the medium of Afro-Cuban dance, music, art and culture…
- To Connect to Nature
- To Connect to Self
- To Connect to Community
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August 2023
Afrekete 2023 will be operating in compliance with an industry approved Safe Event Plan
Afrekete Festival has been the proud recipient of
- Queensland Government’s Celebrate Multicultural Queensland Multicultural Events Grants in 2019 – 2023
- Australian Government’s National Australia Day Council Grant in 2022
- Recipient of City of Gold Coast Community Events Grant Program 2021
- Supported and Auspiced by the Gold Coast Multicultural Communities Council for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
- Supported and Auspiced by the Cultural Association of Cuban Heritage & Roots for 2021
- Supported and Auspiced by Southern Beaches Community Garden for 2022
- Supported by Townsville Intercultural Centre, Full Throttle Theatre Co., Global Dance Collective & the City of Townsville for 2023
Afrekete has also been previously supported by
- 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.