Cuba Dupa
Cuba Dupa 2017

Wellington’s vibrant street festival celebrating the epic creative spirit of Cuba Street and the Wellington community

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CubaDupa Whakatau Opening

Wellington
Opening Event
An opening or whakatau to clear the path, set the scene for Wellington’s award winning festival. Experience taonga puoro, mau rakau (Maori Martial Art), cultural performances and live music with the chance of participating in the official CubaDupa song performed by a collective of Wellington musicians and performers led by Noel Woods (Grove Roots) featuring Sianne, TUMA, Alistair Fraser, Pacifiesta, Amba Holly, Neha Gate plus much more.

We welcome both artists and the audience to join us for the first event of CubaDupa 2017! Les Grooms (France), and Wellington Community Choir, and Whitireia Performing Arts – in two parades move from Abel Smith and Dixon Streets to culminate at Wellington Airport Swan Dancehall for the Whakatau.

We welcome everyone to learn our commissioned CubaDupa action song to create a kapa haka opening welcome that will live on in future CubaDupa events. Visit our Youtube link below to learn the moves to the waiata.

Saturday 12:00 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Whakatau Grand Opening

 

Renard the Fox – with Orchestra Wellington

Wellington
Street Opera
CubaDupa and Orchestra Wellington present this 20 minute opera by Stravinsky, bringing opera to the streets! This foxy performance includes acrobatics by Pascal Ackerman, Tanya Drewer and Te Auaha students, and features four professional opera singers (including James Clayton and Richard Greager). Directed by Jacqui Coats, Renard the Fox is performed three times a day in the Hannah Courtyard.

Join the Renard The Fox procession from the Swan Dancehall at 12.40pm on Saturday for the first performance, and then from the corner of Dixon and Cuba Streets, 5 minutes prior to all other performances

Saturday 12:45 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Saturday 1:20 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Saturday 1:55 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Sunday 12:15 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Sunday 12:50 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard The Fox
Sunday 1:25 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Renard the Fox

 

Footnote

Wellington
Dance
An explosion of hot pink, vintage chrome and live sound, NOW 2017: The Rebel Pink by Footnote New Zealand Dance provides three emerging choreographers with an opportunity to create New Original Work in a world conjured by New Zealand dance luminary Malia Johnston, designer extraordinaire Marcus McShane and world class drummer/musician Tom Scrase (ex-Strike). Expect to be enthralled: expect to have a blast.
Saturday 7:30 pm – Dixon St West Footnote
Saturday 9:30 pm – Dixon St West Footnote
Sunday 1:30 pm – Dixon St West Footnote Dance

 

So Samba

Wellington
Latin
Só Samba offers a high-energy exposition of Brazilian culture, showcasing an authentic and vibrant experience of Rio de Janeiro’s traditional “rodas de samba” (samba circles). Their uplifting roots samba melodies and hypnotizing beats create the ultimate party atmosphere. Só Samba provides the people of Wellington the chance to dance up a storm – lose yourself in the hedonistic world of Carnaval!
Saturday 8:15 pm – Upper Cuba Stage S0 Samba

 

Te Auaha

Wellington
Showcase
See live performances showcasing Te Auaha, the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity opening on the corner of Dixon and Cuba Streets in February 2018.

Te Auaha will be a melting pot of self-motivated, intellectually and creatively curious students ready to find new creative industries and forms of expression.
Come and see what’s possible when student creativity is unleashed. Performances run Saturday between 1.30pm-4.30pm on Dixon Street.
Visit teauaha.com to learn more about Wellington’s new world class centre opening soon.

Saturday 1:30 pm – Dixon St West Te Auaha

 

San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Presents

The She Jays

Wellington
Disco
Leave that 9-5 upon the shelf, and just enjoy yourself…
Re-live the outrageous, hedonistic era of the last days of disco.
The She Jays present The Disco Ball, a celebration of all things disco,
channelling the Paradise Garage, Studio 54, and The loft parties of New York.
This is your opportunity to grow our your fro, put on your polyester and do the bump, the robot and the Hustle, and let your freak flag fly.

Saturday 9:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Disco Inferno

 

George FM

Wellington
DJ Live Radio 104.5FM
George FM will be at CubaDupa again for 2017 and this time we are bringing the log cabin show live from Wellington.
We will have DJ’s from around the country playing smooth tunes and winding up on Saturday night to bring you the latest tracks and live mixes.
Make sure you come and check us on Dixon street with music pumping from 6pm on Saturday night till late and Sunday from noon.
Sunday 12:00 am – Te Aro Park George FM

 

Bric a Brac Ravers

Wellington
Street Theatre
The Gathering 1997 Takaka Hill : two Dutch Goa Trance Deejays Spyder and Freek disappear in what was presumed a tragic raving accident.
2017 : Wellington 2 dutch bric a brac vendors are working the streets of upper Cuba St spreading a gospel of a new golden era of 90’s rave culture and the return of the mystical raver Dolphin Gear Heart Sven Michaels – tales of 20 years continuous raving in a crystal cave deep below the Takaka Hill abound.
Saturday 5:00 pm – Booth House Bric a Brac Ravers
Saturday 6:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Bric a Brac Ravers
Saturday 9:00 pm – Booth House Bric a Brac Ravers
Saturday 10:00 pm – Cuba Mall Bric a Brac Ravers
Sunday 3:00 pm – Booth House Bric a Brac Ravers
Sunday 4:15 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground Bric a Brac Ravers

 

The BeatGirls

Wellington
Pop
NZ’s favourite girl group are turning 21 this April. Catch their birthday show at Circa Theatre from April 1 to 15. ‘As iconic as the Wgtn Bucket Fountain’ – Dom Post. Adrenaline on high heels!
Saturday 4:30 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Beat Girls
Sunday 12:30 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Beat Girls

 

ALL ABOARD Tarrant Dancers

Wellington
Street Dance
ALL ABOARD with the super shipshape Tarrant Dancers – sound- energy – dance – rhythm on 36 1m2 boards in a cacophany of pattern and colour 36 dancers aboard 36 platforms dancing up a storm on Cuba Street for CUBADUPA.
Saturday 1:45 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Saturday 2:15 pm – Swan Ground ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Saturday 2:25 pm – Ghuznee St East ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Saturday 2:45 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Sunday 2:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Sunday 2:30 pm – Swan Ground ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers
Sunday 3:10 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard ALL ABOARD- Tarrant dancers

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Ceroc Dance NZ

Wellington
Dance
Ceroc® Dance is a social partner dance generally done to chart toppers and old favourites. It is a partner dance that you can dance just about anywhere!
Ceroc® Dance classes are fun, a great way to keep fit and to meet people. It can be danced by first-time dancers with “two left feet” and yet can be danced by accomplished dancers. You can walk into any Ceroc class and have you dancing out!
Saturday 1:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Cotton Daisy Backstep

Wellington
Square Dance
Cotton Daisy Backstep play the old ‘hillbilly’ music of the Appalachian Mountains of America. Their square dances hark back to the days of the pioneers, shotgun totin’ farmers and moonshiners. On banjo, guitar, bass and fiddle, they bring you that tub-thumping goodness no book-learning can give; the very roots of Americana. Dances are taught and no experience or partner needed. Prizes for the best male and female old-time attire.
Saturday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Le Dance with Sacha Copland

Wellington
Dance
Le Dance perform pop-up dances for events all over town and love to get the city grooving. The group brings together some of Wellington’s diverse dance community to celebrate dancing for the sheer joy of it.

Le Dance sprung from Le Grand Continental’s group of volunteer dancers for the opening of the 2016 NZ Festival.

Sacha Copland is the artistic director of Wellington’s Java Dance Theatre. She brings immersive dance to the heart of the city.

Sunday 1:35 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Lala and Marimba Mojo

Wellington
African Dance
Tamba! (‘To play around and have fun’)
Wellington’s African music performers and community musicians will combine to present a participatory singing and dancing party where everyone is invited to join in the music and dance. The music will feature groovy and hypnotic sounds from Zimbabwe and Madagascar played on African marimbas by Marimba Mojo. Lala Simpson’s effervescent personality and remarkable dance teaching skills will have everyone moving together in authentic fashion. High energy song and dance fun for all the family!
Sunday 12:40 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Namnita Kumar Bollywood

Wellington
Dance
Spice up your dance moves Bollywood style. Come learn some new moves to modern upbeat music with Namnita Kumar, a fun have a go workshop for all ages and abilities.
Sunday 12:05 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Projekt Team

Wellington
Dance
NZ’s leading all style street dance collective PROJEKT TEAM will be teaming up with some local talent in a showcase battle where you are the judge. Projekt Team are heavily involved in the freestyle battle scene and have had winners in the last 6 major NZ events including Summer Showdown in Raglan, Ultimate All Style Champs in Hamilton and SDNZ Nationals in Auckland. Don’t miss these crazy champions in action!
Saturday 2:20 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage DANZ dance programme presents

 

Rise of the DanceBots presented by

Bureaucrats That Dance

Wellington
Street Boogie
Set in the near future, a world where robots are increasing in number and doing most of the things humans once did, but better and faster. Human morale is at an all time low and most of the humans who are still bothering to eat and breathe have augmented their body parts with bot attachments in a poor attempt to compete with robots. However, the one thing robots can’t do as well as humans is dance. To be human is to dance. This group of human resistance dancers are on the move. Their mission? To reclaim humanity!
Saturday 4:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Bureaucrats That Dance
Saturday 6:30 pm – Swan Ground Bureaucrats That Dance
Sunday 2:30 pm – Ghuznee St East Bureaucrats That Dance
Sunday 4:15 pm – Ghuznee St East Bureaucrats That Dance

 

Carnival Bloco

All of New Zealand
Street Music and Dance
Carnival Bloco brings the vibrant rhythms of 150 Samba drummers and dancers from around NZ and Australia to CubaDupa. Coming together are AKSamba (Auckland), Sambatron (Hamilton), Tauranga Samba, Samba de Sol (Nelson), Bay Batucada (Hawkes Bay), Wellington Batucada. Dress up, get your dancing shoes on and get ready to be involved cos you’re gonna want to shake yer booty! You’ll find them on stage, on the streets, and jamming in Te Aro Park on both days – and on Sunday they’ll be joining forces for a great big Carnival Finale to close the festival.
Sunday 2:50 pm – Cuba St Upper Carnival Bloco
Sunday 2:55 pm – Te Aro Park Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale

 

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