Our Annual Summer Afro-Cuban 

Dance & Music Camp

AFREKETE - Afro-Cuban Summer Dance & Music Camp
*** 19-21 JANUARY 2018 ***

EXCITING NEWS!!

New details for Afrekete 2018 have just been confirmed!! It will be held on the weekend of 19-21 January 2018 and at Tallebudgera Recreation Centre, only 12 minutes' drive from Gold Coast (Coolangatta) airport!!

A weekend of dance workshops and performances in the Roots of Salsa from Australia's & NZ's great Cuban artists...


FOR A VERY SHORT TIME ONLY, BASED ON TWIN-SHARE ACCOMMODATION & LINEN FOR2 NIGHTS SATURDAY & SUNDAY NIGHTS, INCLUDING 2X FULL EVENT PASSES (WORKSHOPS & PARTIES), THE COST IS $741/ 2 PEOPLE (YOU CAN ADD-ON EXTRA NIGHTS, PLUS MEALS LATER)
THIS SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL IS AVAILABLE UNTIL 21ST APRIL ONLY, AFTER WHICH THE VENUE COSTS REMAIN THE SAME, BUT THE WORKSHOP/PARTIES TICKET PRICES WILL INCREASE! ALL YOU NEED TO SECURE THIS PRICE IS TO PAY A 50% DEPOSIT ($370.50) BEFORE THE 21ST APRIL & THE BALANCE NOT UNTIL 29TH SEPTEMBER!

Link to ticket bookings on our booking site here



 


For other enquiries please contact Christina asap on 0432 509 519 or via FB or email kulturithmik@gmail.com

 


PURCHASE FULL WEEKEND PASS TICKETS VIA OUR NEW WEBSITE AFREKETE.COM OR VIA THIS LINK HERE: https://www.trybooking.com/271030

 

 OR PLEASE EMAIL kulturithmik@gmail.com

Cuban Artists confirmed are Greydis Montero (Cuba-NZ), Israel Ortiz (Cuba-Brisbane),  Adrian Medina (Cuba-Sydney), Alejandro Espinosa (Cuba-Melbourne), Cruz Vasquez (Cuba-Sydney), Alfredo Villaflores (Cuba-Sydney), Christina Monneron (Gold Coast), Gustavo Cereijo (Chukale Brisbane), Yarima Gavilan (Cuba-Sydney), Kent Windress (Brisbane), Adrian Hearn (Melbourne), Rob Arcari (Melbourne), Piter Pantoja (Cuba-Adelaide), 

PURCHASE ALL TICKETS VIA THIS LINK HERE

(https://www.trybooking.com/271030)

Timetable: 2018 UPDATED DETAILS TO FOLLOW
Friday 19th January


Saturday 20th January

TIME

HALL

                                        

8AM

YOGA/ STRETCH 

BYO MAT/ TOWEL

 

9AM

AFRO-CUBAN OPENING

CEREMONY

                                     

10AM

AFRO-CUBAN (YORUBA) CHANTS

 

 

11AM

AFRO-CUBAN (YORUBA) DANCE

 

 

12.30PM

AFRO-CUBAN (ARARA) DANCE



1PM

LUNCH

BREAK

 

2.30PM

BANTU

PALO

YUKA

3.30PM

RUMBA MEN/WOMEN

COLUMBIA/ ABAKUA

 GUAGUANCO                              

4.30PM

RUMBA

YAMBU PARTNERWORK

 

5.30PM

END OF WORKSHOP

 

 

6.30PM

DINNER

BREAK

 

7.30PM

HOTTER THAN

HAVANA NIGHTS

PERFORMANCES, LIVE BAND, DJ, PARTY!!

12AM

END OF DAY 1

 

                    



Sunday 21st January


 

 

TIME

HALL

 

9AM

DANCE OF THE DRAGON

BYO MAT/ TOWEL

 

10AM

LATIN PERCUSSION WORKSHOP

HANDS ON PERCUSSION WORKSHOP

 

11.30AM

SON DANCE

WITH PARTNER WORK

 

12.30PM


 

 

2PM

LUNCH

BREAK

 

2.30PM

MAMBO

CHA CHA CHA

 

3.30PM

CASINO


 

APPLICATION OF ALL STYLES

 

4.30PM

BEACH CARNIVAL


BEACH

5PM

OFFICIAL CLOSING CEREMONY

 

BEACH

7PM

BBQ

OWN COST

 BEACH



   
 
    

What else is on offer (at own cost)
:
-Delicious bodywork from Cultural Bodywork
-Authentic Babalawo readings for clarity on your soul destiny
-Private dance, song or percussion lessons with any instructor
-SUNDAY BBQ dinner (all help with cooking) 

Please note we will be all teaching you in the same room at the same time for the general workshops so no dilemma of choice (except for some male/female workshops and intensives for Intermediate to Advanced dancers).
The journey starts Friday 4pm with the official opening ceremony, then dinner together (for those who choose the meals option), and some workshops before a Salsa party with DJ AV El Cubano & friends. Hot Havana Nights Showcase Night is on Saturday night, a party with performances, lGus Cereijo & some members of Chukale Live Band & DJ til late. All workshops a& parties will be in-house in 2018 as the venue facilities are fantastic and cater to our needs.

Please email kulturithmik@gmail.com for more details
OR CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE HERE:
AFREKETE.COM


Dance style descriptions
(Note all classes are open level and so suitable from the novice to the experienced)

Yoruba chants and dances
The Yoruba are the largest African ethnic group that came to Cuba in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, with their own language and a music/dance tradition; Their chants are like mantras which clear the space and sing of blessings and honourings to different 'Orisha' spirit energies or forces of nature and their dances embody each Orisha and the different archetypes of god and goddess within us. Elegua is the remover of obstacles and guardian of the crossroads; Ogun is the owner of metal and a warrior of truth; Chango is the god of thunder, lightning, drums and dance; Oshun is the freshwater maiden goddess of love and the rivers; Yemaya is the universal mother of the oceans and giver of life; Oya is the wise warrior goddess of the winds, storms and the gateways between life and the afterlife. 

Arara
The Arara are another major dance/music tradition that came to Cuba from West African ethnic groups and have a corresponding belief system if the forces of nature they represent; Asoyin is the earth spirit, Gerbioso the fire & warrior divinity, and Afrekete is the great mother ocean spirit.

Gaga
Gaga is an Afro-Haitian-Cuban dance which comes from the Haitian shanties in the eastern part of Cuba. It's a collective feast organized as a comparsa (parade) of rural origin and can also embody the work done on the sugarcane fields.

Afro-Haitian Merengue
In French, meringue, a sweet that possibly gave its name to a popular dance around the time of Haitian independence. represents a fusion of slave dances and French ballroom forms.

Bantu
In Cuba, the Bantu tribe refers to slaves from Kongo, Kongo-Angolan, or Central African descent; which also brought their belief system called Palo and Palo Monte and the dance is trance-like and can mimic the slaves' revolt on their masters.
Yuka - A Kongo-Angolan dance that mimics the hen and rooster; it's a fun & energetic as well as sensual dance form and is the antecedent of Cuban rumba.

Rumba
The first purely Cuban dance/music creation of the 19th century that continues in the present and comes from the mixtures of African and European cultures in Cuba; The music has percussion, vocals, and improvisation within a set structure of dance and of instrumentation. There are 3 main styles:
1. Yambu - The slowest & most sensual type of rumba, representing courtship between the male and the female and can mimic the elderly.
2. Guaguanco 
The most popular type of rumba, in which the male pursues and the female entices and the male makes the vacunao gesture;
3. Columbia -The traditionally masculine form of Cuban rumba that is upbeat and competitive in nature, whereby the dancer and drummer are trying to outdo one another and sometimes danced with knives or around bottles. It originated in the rural areas of Matanzas and Havana provinces during the early nineteenth century.
4. Abakua - A men's secret fraternity 'ritual' dance, whereby the dancer makes gestures to mimic cleansing other fraternity members and chastising enemies using a broom or stick

Danzon
The national dance of Cuba in the 19th century, identified by alternating of walking, pausing to converse and some dancing patterns to soft, elegant instrumental sound.

Son
The name of a Cuban dance/music genre that surfaced in the sixteenth century and has evolved to permeate folk, popular, and symphonic music of Cuba, the Caribbean, LatinAmerica, Africa, Europe and perhaps other places in the 21st century; a popular blend of European and African concepts of dancing and music-making. It is danced contra-tiempo or within the rhythm.

Campesino
Campesino describes a Cuban country farm worker and is also the name for the country folk music/dance tradition of Western and Central Cuba, with closest roots in European dance from Spain; also called punto guajiro.

Mambo
A 20th century type of son music with two variations in the dance: a bouncy, playful quality in Cuba, a smooth and suave quality elsewhere, also a selection of the son music where brass instruments take the lead and make improvisational developments.

Cha Cha Cha
Popular 20th century Cuban dance; identified by three quick shuffling steps, followed by two slow steps. Performed by dancing couples to charanga and son music.

Salsa/ Timba
A contemporary, highly improvisational musical organization of Cuban music, based in son and contemporary jazz and funk sounds; in the dance, anything goes, from the AfroCuban dance steps to the Son, Mambo and Cha cha cha

Carnaval Comparsa
A Cuban processional dance form, also called conga(s). It is common during provincial and national carnivals and at the Day of the Kings celebration on January 6th in Cuba

The 2017 event was proudly sponsored by Coffs Harbour Arts Council Inc through Coffs Harbour City Council Arts & Cultural Development Grant & CASP and fully supported by Latinos & Friends Mid-North Coast,  Sawtell Chamber of Commerce, WOW Women of the World Community & Guunumba Consulting