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Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Arafest currently organises 3 charity events a year; a Summer Festival, a Christmas Charity Ball and participation in the annual HULL 10K Fundraiser.


We pride ourselves on family friendly events. Every single penny raised is for charity and we have a strict criteria of the types of charities we support.

We are a charity set up with a clear purpose; for the advancement in life and the relief needed among children and young people living in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire by providing grants to charities and other organisations to; 

A. Provide recreational and leisure time activities in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve the conditions and life of children and young people.

B. Provide supported activities which develop the skills, capacities and capabilities of children and young people and enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.

Over the last 9 years, all of us on the ARAFEST Committee are immensely proud of  how we have evolved and are able to give much needed funds to a range of brilliant local charities.

Thanks for your ongoing support, it's much appreciated.

We'll see you soon.

Mike Aramayo


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A photo from the very first ARAFEST back in 2014


Arafest began as a joint stag and hen party for Mike and Joanne Aramayo. The very first Arafest was in the summer of 2014, when they invited 150 guests to celebrate their up and coming wedding, with the help of Craig Rutter, Arafest was born.


After a very successful event, everybody suggested Arafest should be put on again the following year to raise money for charity, which happened in July 2105.


Choosing the charity to support was the next issue and with two of Mike’s children being professional actors, Laura and Robert Aramayo, they decided to find a charity associated with the Arts, Drama, Dance, Song, etc. What better charity than Hull-based Freedom Road Creative Arts, who do an amazing job for the children and young adults of Hull.


Laura had just returned from Uganda, working with disadvantaged children teaching them Drama, so Arafest then added The Sunbeam Project of Africa to our list.


Eight years later, Arafest have now raised over £100k, and in 2018 we saw

“a party in the field” become a fully registered charity – ARAFEST.

Meet our brilliant ARAFEST Committee

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