About Us

ACFS Sydney aims to promote and encourage friendship, understanding, trade and other exchange between the people of Australia and Cuba. We organise a variety of political and cultural events during the year, culminating in the annual Work/Study Brigade to Cuba. An ACFS priority is to end the US blockade of Cuba. The ACFS meets at 6:30pm on the first Thursday of every month (except January) at the NSW Teachers' Federation building, Level 1, 33 Mary Street, Surry Hills. Meetings are open to all friends of Cuba and those interested in finding out more about Cuba.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Esta Vida Cubana - This Cuban Life

Art Est. Art School and Gallery in conjunction with 2014 Head On Photo Festival is pleased to present Esta Vida Cubana | This Cuban Life featuring photographs by Ralf Hesse and Louise Walpole.

“Cuba is a melting pot of music, soul, colour and heart!”

Ralf and Louise spent a month in Cuba over December 2013 / January 2014. They travelled across Cuba from Havana to Santiago de Cuba and back - by road, and visited Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Camagüey, Sancti Spiritus and Viñales. For Esta Vida Cubana, they present their photographic survey of the people, the places and the soul of Cuba.

Join Louise and Ralf for a Cuban themed opening event on Saturday 17 May 3-5pm featuring a demonstration by Moro from Buena Vista Dance Cuban Academy. All welcome. Free Entry.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ACFS Art Exhibition and Auction to raise money for project in Cuba

The ACFS is holding an art exhibition and auction to raise money for a gestational diabetes project in Cuba! The exhibition will run from 9 to 11 May 2014 at the Stirrup Gallery, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville.

Art from the Red Centre - Aboriginal paintings donated to the ACFS from a personal collection. These will be sold by silent auction from the opening event from 6:30 pm on Friday 9 May til 3pm on Sunday 11 May. 

I Will Die as I Have Lived - 15 prison paintings for 15 years in US Gaols for the Cuban 5 by Antonio Guerrero - Reproductions of Antonio's paintings from behind bars to raise awareness of the plight of the Cuban 5.

Opening event -  Friday 9 May 2013 - 6:30 pm - Special guests include:
  • Cuban Ambassador to Australia, Pedro Monzón, 
  • Professor Jack Beetson, Executive Director and National Campaign Coordinator, Literacy for Life Foundation. 
  • Papalote will entertain us with live Latin music
The opening event will highlight the Literacy for Life Campaign in Australia, which has been established to address very low literacy levels in Aboriginal Adults in Western NSW. It is based on the ‘Yes I Can’ model established in Cuba and expanded to teach more than 6 million people to read in 28 countries around the world.

'Maestra' - Film Screening and Q&A - Saturday 10 May 2013 - 2:00 pm - 'Maestra ' tells the story of 9 Cuban women who, as young girls, participated in the massive Cuban literacy campaign of 1961.

See you there!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

One week to go until the fundraising dinner to celebrate Cuban Internationalism and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Moncada assault. 

Bookings are essential - RSVP no later than 31 July 2013
Please distribute as widely as possible to support the event and our projects in Cuba!

Pedro Monzón, Cuban Ambassador
Dr Tim Anderson, Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney
Ron Poulsen, Communist League candidate for the Federal Senate (NSW)
And featuring: the Music of PAPALOTE

Buy tickets online now to reserve your place!

Tickets - $30 (standard) / $50 (solidarity)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Celebrating Cuban Internationalism - 60 years since Moncada - 6pm, Sunday 4 August 2013

Politics, dinner and music in solidarity with Cuba’s internationalist mission.
All money raised will go towards funding projects in Cuba.

Tickets - $30 (standard) / $50 (solidarity)

For information, contact:
Chela 0422 665 099 – president@sydney-acfs.org
Hugo 0408 964 953 & 9822 5891
Dario 0405 621 986

Australia Cuba Friendship Society Sydney and Committee in Solidarity with Cuba Western Suburbs

Saturday, May 4, 2013

René González to stay in Cuba!

René González, one of Cuba's five national anti-terrorist heroes, will stay in Cuba. A judge approved this change (after the US Government did not object) in exchange for him giving up his US citizenship. Welcome home René!


René González