Afrekete 2023: Embrace the Rhythm and Culture of Cuba in Townsville

Prepare to be swept away by Cuba’s captivating beats and vibrant spirit. Join the unique Music & Culture Festival, Afro-Cuban Dance of Australia that happens yearly, Afrekete 2023. This exciting weekend celebration promises an immersive journey through the rich Cuban culture’s history. The event will showcase engaging music and dance workshops. As well as awe-inspiring performances by Australia’s greatest Cuban artists, and a whirlwind of events that showcase the Roots of Salsa. Moreover, in an exciting first, the lively city of Townsville will host Afrekete 2023, bringing a touch of Cuba to North Queensland.

From Cuba to Townsville


Seagulls Resort at 74 The Esplanade in Belgian Gardens, Townsville, QLD, will be hosting the Afrekete 2023 from August 4th to 6th, 2023. The event will occur daily from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, promising attendees an unforgettable experience filled with thrilling activities, entertainment, and delectable cuisine.



Day 1: Unraveling the Soul of Cuba


The Afrekete festival kicks off with a soul-stirring pre-event screening of the Cuban Music documentary, “Cuba My Soul.” This captivating film sets the stage for an exploration of Cuba’s deep-rooted cultural heritage, from its African influences to its fusion of dance and music styles. So, immerse yourself in the soulful rhythms and melodies guiding you throughout the weekend.


Day 2: Showcasing Cuban Excellence “A Night in Cuba”


The excitement reaches its peak on the official opening night, “A Night in Cuba.” You’ll be amazed by a superb Cuban performance with live music. It is where Australia’s greatest Cuban artists will take centre stage and transport you straight to the heart of Cuba. Witness the dazzling dance performances and be moved by the enchanting music that reflects the soul of the Cuban people.


Day 3: Unleashing the African Roots of Salsa


Day 3 of Afrekete is all about immersing yourself in the African Roots of Salsa. Engage in exhilarating workshops in dance and music led by instructors who will guide you in every intricate moves and rhythms that form the essence of salsa. In addition, the evening turns even hotter with the White party “Hotter than Havana Night” featuring a Cuban DJ, where you can dance the night away in true Cuban style.


Day 4: Embrace Cuban Traditions and Dance Styles


On Day 4, you’ll travel from the Rumba to the well-known Cuban dances Casino and Son. Participate in workshops that explore the essence of these traditional dances. Moreover, it will allow you to connect with Cuban heritage on a deeper level. As you perfect your moves, indulge in a range of delicious food and artisan stalls that bring a taste of Cuba to Townsville. So, don’t miss the presentation of real Taino cookery from Cuba, offering a glimpse into the culinary delights of the island.


A Genuine Piece of Cuba on the Gold Coast


With its captivating blend of music, dance, and culture, Afrekete 2023 promises to be an authentic piece of Cuba right here in North Queensland. Discover the soul of Cuba through its rhythms and traditions. Moreover, feel the passion that emanates from every dance step and musical note. Moreover, this vibrant festival celebrates unity, diversity, and the unifying power of music and dance.


Join us at Afrekete 2023 in Townsville for a weekend of rhythmic exploration, cultural immersion, and unforgettable moments. It will leave you with a heart filled with the spirit of Cuba.