Full Weekend Event Pass – EARLY BIRD 4

Price is for FULL EVENT from our pre-event warm up party Thursday at the Heritage Exchange, Welcome to Cuba Party Friday night, our Official Welcome Ceremony Saturday morning through to Sunday’s Closing Ceremony and includes all dance & drumming workshops Saturday & Sunday, plus Havana Under the Sea Blue & White Party with Cuban band & DJs Saturday night.

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🌊🎵🏝 AFREKETE ISLAND EDITION – Australia’s Premier Afro-Cuban Culture, Dance & Music festival on Yunbenun, Magnetic Island (off Townsville, North Queensland) 7-9 JUNE 2024!

EVENT PROGRAM (please check for updates)

7.30pm-10pm Pre-event Welcome party ‘Rumba in the Rum-bar’ at Heritage Exchange Hotel Townsville
FREE EVENT for ALL community
(Note that the last ferry to Magnetic Island is 10.30pm and so you will have time to do this social night and make the ferry back to the island)

5pm Drum Masterclass
7pm Welcome to Cuba Dinner & Party with DJ DreadJuan and our Artists

FREE EVENT for Full Ticket Holders Only
($33 online or $45 on door to non-full ticket holders)

SATURDAY 8th JUNE – World Ocean Day Celebrations
8am Official Welcome Ceremony  with Wulgurukaba Elders and Afrekete Elders at Nelly Bay (off the Esplanade)

9.30AM Registrations Open at Amaroo
10AM – 5PM Workshops
7PM – 8PM Cuban Dinner – Bookings Essential
8PM – Under the Sea themed Blue & White Party & Dance night starting with a special Orisha Performance, then social dancing to Live Cuban Band Kekson & DJ DreadJuan
FREE EVENT for Full Ticket Holders Only
($50 prebookings online or $65 on door to non-full-ticket holders if space permits)

8.30AM Registrations Open
9AM – 5.30PM Workshops
5.45PM Official Closing Ceremony at Nelly Bay (off the Esplanade)

Optional Tours of Magnetic Island – from beautiful walks to bus tours or why not take a boat trip around the whole island to secluded beaches and coves? Ask us to help you get in touch with the right people for an exceptional island experience.

ACCOMMODATION – The Main Event is at Amaroo on Mandalay Resort which has accommodation on sitePlease contact Amaroo direct with your accommodation bookings. No Online bookings available as the resort is reserved under Afrekete. Direct Bookings only via: Amaroo phone number: +61 7 4778 5200
Amaroo Email: frontdesk@amarooonmandalay.com.au

Should Accommodation be sold out at Amaroo, there are plenty of other options nearby or a bus ride away. Email us or contact island accommodation provider Best of Magnetic if you need help booking other accommodation.


Airport Shuttle: If you’re coming from Townsville Airport, there is a shuttle for $15pp that will take you to the ferry. This will need to be booked in advance via Townsville Airport Shuttle 0478 160 036. They will need your date and time of arrival plus the airline number.

Ferry: You will need to purchase your ferry ticket to Magnetic island from Townsville either online or direct from Sealink Breakwater Terminal. Watch this space for a special deal for our festival weekend.

Bus/ Taxi: Amaroo may be able to provide their courtesy transport from the ferry to the resort. But in case of too many people to pick up at once, Translink buses come and meet the ferries on the island and Amaroo is a short bus ride away. Bus fares are super cheap. There is also a taxi van service.

Afrekete 2024 is partnering with Plastic Free Townsville and Xero Waste Magnetic Island. We aim to raise more awareness around looking after our environment and making as little impact as possible. Please be mindful of this as we are trying to reduce single-use plastic items (including take away coffee cups) at our event. We encourage you to BYO your water bottle and coffee mug as we will have filtered water stations around the resort. If you forget to bring one, you may be able to purchase a re-usable bottle or mug from our reception desk.

***Ticket Cancelation Policy***
Strictly NO REFUNDS.
Tickets can be transferred to another participant at buyer’s own inconvenience.
Contact us if you need help to transfer your ticket into someone else’s name.
Only under extreme circumstances will we consider issuing a credit towards another of our events.


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