About the festival

Join us from April 18th to 29th

This festival is about a lifetime of work and how to best share it.

The Folcloric Afro-Cuban dance and music culture is the bedrock of more or less every if not all modern Cuban music & dance. As the modern pace of life of phones, social media influence, hip hop and Reggaeton grow, less and less Cubans are learning the depth of folkloric dance and we have become a minority in present day circumstances and with this festival we try to address this issue.

Domingo Pau, his friends, family, students and the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba have all come together to build an event that carefully attempts to make a cultural transplant of everything Afro Folkloric.

We know that when you get that feeling deep inside you at a festival elsewhere a seed is sown and you need to nurture it’s growth. We were aware of the opportunity and circumstances in Cuba that Luanda and her father were capable of delivering and we also believed that these seeds had been sown in many countries around the world.

What we didn’t have was a festival that was made for Afro Cuban Dance Culture – so we started to develop an annual festival with passion and knowledge available to us. Our festival intends to offer a service to anyone interested in learning more and setting a great foundation for teachers, individuals and dance group leaders to help us in the struggle to keep this culture alive. What makes it possible is your participation and the wish to help that seed grow into a great representative of Cuban dance and music culture.

Luanda Pau

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1976.

30 years of professional career and experience she graduated from the National School of Art of Cuba (ENA) in 1994 as a dancer and teacher of folk dances. First level Choreographer Certificate awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Cuba in 2001.

Certificate of Direction, Screenplay and Artistic Production awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Cuba in 2002.

Diploma of director of popular and cultural education for children and adults obtained in France in 2010.

Luanda danced as a soloist with the National Folkloric Ensemble of Cuba for 8 years.

Today, with 30 years of experience as a teacher, dancer and choreographer, she has participated in numerous festivals and artistic events in Cuba, Europe, America and Africa. She remains equally passionate about her culture and continues to develop a variety of projects to contribute to its authentic development.

Currently based in London, Luanda organises and teaches a wide variety of masterclasses and workshops. She also organises and participates in a number of UK and international events aiming to increase awareness and understanding of Afro-Cuban culture and heritage outside of Cuba. Additionally, Luanda became Manager of Community Artistic Programming and Dance Education for Carlos Acosta and Freelancer for Sadler’s Wells Theater – United Kingdom.

NEW:
In collaboration with the Carlos Acosta Dance Center, Luanda has organised the “Alafia Festival”, the first Afro-Cuban dance festival in London. from June 7 to 9, 2024. More information: acostadancecentre.com

Meet the #AfroCubanDanceFestival team.

Domingo Pau

The legendary Maestro Domingo Pau at his 60 years of career will be in charge of selecting the teachers, musicians and assistants, based on their work experience and passion for Afro-Cuban culture.

Luanda Pau

30 years of experience as a teacher, dancer and choreographer, she has participated in numerous festivals in Cuba, Europe, America and Africa, and continues to develop a variety of projects to contribute to their cultural development.

Simon Atkinson

Recognized as one of the first Capoeira Masters outside of Brazil. Developer of You Are Capoeira in London with active presence in the Capoeira community. Graduate 2009 from the School of Social Entrepreneurs and father of 4 amazing children.

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