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Event Archive - Pablo Cardenas Presents "Afro-Cuban Portrait"~In Honor to the African Heritage of Cuba: Pablo Cardenas

Fri. August 6th 2021 - Fri. August 6th 2021 Victoria Event Centre
9PM - 11:30PM doors at 8PM
Presented by: Victoria Event Centre
Puchase tickets at:
All-Ages / ID Required for Alcohol Service
Doors: 8:00PM / Show: 9PM
“In honor to the African Heritage of Cuba” Pablo Cardenas present "Afro-Cuban Portrait"
The history of Afro-Cuban music represents an endless universe of beautiful melodies, incredible rhythms and unique dances. This is a big part of Cuban culture today, and is directly related to the Afro-Cuban religion. Africa is the main origin of all the different styles of this music, that includes the Toques de Bata, Bembe, (also named palo), and the different styles of rumba, a rhythm also based in African roots. The Afro Cuban music is also present mixed with other genres like Latin Jazz and popular Cuban music. One of the biggest attraction of this music are the “tambores Bata”, an instrument similar to the African yembe, on which both corners are played. Come check them out!
The West Coast Cuban Ensemble will be playing a selection of many of this rhythms and melodies on what will be a night full of musical richness and spiritual vibes.
Line up
- Jose Sanchez / Bata drums
- Hector Ramos / Bata drums
- Olimpo Ortega / Bata drums
- Rafael Duvergel / Vocals
- Laura Deviato / Vocals
- Pablo Cardenas piano / bass / musical & artistic direction
≫ COVID Safety Info ≪
▪︎ Due to COVID-19, there will be a limit of 80 tickets available for purchase. Tickets must be purchased in advance in groups of up to 6. You will be seated at your table once the whole group has arrived.
▪︎ The bar will provide table service. Instead of going up to the bar, a server will visit you to take orders and to clear empty glassware.
▪︎ Masks are required when not seated. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you.Read the VEC's full safety plan here:
Read the VEC's full safety plan here:

≫ We're Livestreaming ! ≪
The show will also be available as a livestream at and
This livestream will be available without admission fee.If you’re able to donate and support these artists and the venue so they can keep it happening, donate here:
▪︎ Credit Card:
▪︎ Etransfer (please put "Pablo Cardenas" in the message line and the password as "livestream"): [email protected]
≫ Land Acknowledgement ≪We would like to gratefully acknowledge that the territory on which this event takes place is on the traditional, stolen, unceded land of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge the rich cultural history of the many peoples and rituals that have been affected by the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.
≫ Accessibility ≪Our seating is a combination of high tables, bar stools, and cocktail tables with chairs. If you require assistance with this, please make a note when purchasing tickets or contact us at [email protected] and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
There are three multi-user, gender-inclusive bathrooms with stalls. One bathroom has a larger stall with its own sink and a grab bar (more details in the ‘Bathrooms’ section).
The Victoria Event Centre currently does not have an operational elevator, and there is one long flight of stairs at the venue entrance. The only way into the VEC is up 27 wood stairs, 11″ deep, 6″ high. There are wooden 2.5” handrails 38” up the wall on each side of the staircase (54” apart, so not graspable on both sides at once. See further details in the ‘Getting Inside’ section)
If you would like to attend the event but require assistance with accessing the space, please contact us at [email protected] and VEC staff will do their best to accommodate.
Inside the Victoria Event Centre there is a gender inclusive wheelchair accessible washroom that technically fits necessary size dimensions, but is missing a bar and a handrail beside the toilet.There are two stalls in the washroom, but only one of these has been renovated to meet 5'x5' wheelchair clearance.
More detailed venue accessibility info is available at:


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