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Aotearoa Cuban Festival 2017

Aotearoa Cuban Festival 2017

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  • Sat 4 Mar ’17, 10:00am – 5:15pm
  • Sun 5 Mar ’17, 11:00am – 4:30pm


Western Heights High School, 70 Old Quarry Rd, Selwyn Heights, Rotorua


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Traditional Hangi Buffet Meal on Friday evening: $47.00
  • Full Festival Pass - without Friday meal: $300.00
  • Friday Festival Pass - without meal: $100.00
  • Saturday Festival Pass: $185.00
  • Sunday Festival Pass: $85.00
  • Individual Workshop: $60.00


Festival Website

This 100% Cuban festival held in Rotorua, New Zealand, has 24+ hours of workshops with world class International and Local Cuban instructors, Crazy Cuban parties every night, with the best Cuban music around. The largest community-based Cuban dance and music event in New Zealand. A Cuban Showcase of performances on Saturday night, sure to wow.

Every year it attracts some of the best Cuban dance instructors, performer and participants from around the world and New Zealand who come to share the sounds, rhythms and dances of the Afro-Cuban beat with Kiwis who love Cuban dance. All the Cuban dance styles will be covered to ensure you take away more than just great memories.

The festival has a special journey for all levels of dancers that covers the fundamental techniques you need to know from afro-Cuban dance, lots of Rueda classes through to essentials of musicality.

International and national Cuban superstars led by our Creative Director Greydis Montero Liranza will take you on a Cuban journey.

The Festival is a three-day event commencing on the evening of Friday 3rd March - Back to Roots Focus at Holiday Inn, Rotorua with the registration desk opening at 3.15pm; our Whakatau (formal welcome) at 3.45pm followed by a Hangi Buffet meal (tickets must be pre-purchased) then the start of workshops at 6:00 pm.

The Friday evening workshops end at 8.15pm and are followed by a Dance Party starting at 9:45, which is led by a Cuban Salsa DJ. This concludes at 12.00am Saturday morning.

Saturday 6th March - starts at 10.00am with workshops concluding at 5.15pm. The evening starts at 8.00pm with the public Showcase of Cuban Dance at Rotorua Events Centre, followed by our Grand Festival Bally concluding at 3.00 am

Sunday 6th March - starts at 11.00am with further Cuban Dance Workshops, concluding at 3.30pm.
We formalise closure of our Festival with a Poroporoake (final farewells and karakia).

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