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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Battle of the Saxes

New Zealand
Brass / Parades
After the huge success of Battle of the Bones CubaDupa 2017 is striving for 100 saxophonists to prove who is the better sax! The NZ Society of Saxophones are recreating a true, famous, competitive battle event from Paris in 1840 (incidentally the same year as the ship Cuba arrived in Wellington!). The aim of this battle was to see if a military band WITH sax was better than a military band WITHOUT! This newly commissioned work by Oscar Laren (Wellington Shake ‘Em on Downers) has the two adversaries move from each end of Cuba St. Let the sax battles commence!
Saturday 5:00 pm – Te Aro Park Battle of the Saxes
Saturday 5:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Battle of the Saxes
Saturday 5:15 pm – Swan Ground Battle of the Saxes Finale

 

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

 

Sailing the Seven Seas presented by

Sambatron

Hamilton
Street Dance
Sambatron have made a name for themselves for their lively energetic performances and colourful creativity. Honing their trade by doing what they love, Sambatron bring the passion and vibrancy of Brazilian-style street samba percussion to Kiwi audiences.
Sunday 2:00 pm – Glover Park Ground Sambatron Jam
Sunday 2:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Sambatron
Sunday 2:40 pm – Te Aro Park Sambatron
Sunday 2:55 pm – Te Aro Park Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:05 pm – Ghuznee St East Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale

 

70s Crazy Disco Soul presented by

Bay Batucada

Hawkes Bay
Street Music
Bay Batucada pay homage to the 70’s disco and soul scene with way out wacky costumes, hairstyles, moustache styles, beard styles, side burn styles, bling styles and attitude to match. The Bay Batucada group is convinced that their performance will spark a retro revolution back to 70’s fashions. Bring it on back!
Sunday 1:15 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground Bay Batucada
Sunday 1:35 pm – Cuba St Upper Bay Batucada
Sunday 1:55 pm – Cuba Mall Bay Batucada Parade
Sunday 2:00 pm – Dixon St East Bay Batucada
Sunday 2:50 pm – Cuba St Upper Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba St Central Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale

 

Splendid Teapot Racing and Tea Duelling presented by

Capital! Steampunk

Wellington
Street Theatre
Take a radio-controlled vehicle, remove the body, attach a teapot, decorate to taste and race through an obstacle course against the clock. Plus the Wellington-invented variation, premiered at CubaDupa 2016: Teapot Sheepdog Trials. Tea duelling is a very civilised way of settling disputes with tea and biscuits. And very little blood.
Saturday 1:40 pm – Cuba Mall Steampunk Parade
Saturday 2:00 pm – Dixon St East Splendid Teapot racing
Sunday 1:00 pm – Cuba Mall Tea Dueling

 

Catching the Sun presented by

Samba de Sol

Nelson
Street Music
Samba de Sol – literally ‘Samba of the Sun’ – is a community based percussion group who are in their seventh year of bringing the vibrant rhythms of Brazilian Samba to the streets of Nelson. This year, Samba de Sol bring you ‘Catching the Sun’ – a dazzling performance inspired by Maui and warmed by the outstanding Nelson climate. Don’t miss this shining group of percussionists and dancers as they light up the Wellington streets with radiance, and perhaps a surprise friend or two….
Saturday 5:15 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground Samba del Sol
Saturday 5:50 pm – Ghuznee St East Samba del Sol
Saturday 5:55 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Samba del Sol
Saturday 6:05 pm – Te Aro Park Samba del Sol
Sunday 2:50 pm – Cuba St Upper Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba St Central Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale

 

Wings of Fire presented by

Tauranga Samba

Tauranga
Street Music
Tauranga Samba is a Brazilian style drumming and percussion band. They play their our own unique and funky blend of batucada: a richly rhythmic and infectious style of Samba: the heartbeat of Rio Carnival. The band members vary in age and ethnicity from all over the world and unite in our common interest to entertain and enjoy the samba beat.
Saturday 2:35 pm – Glover Park Ground Tauranga Samba
Saturday 2:55 pm – Ghuznee St East Tauranga Samba
Saturday 3:10 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Tauranga Samba
Saturday 3:15 pm – Te Aro Park Tauranga Samba
Sunday 2:55 pm – Te Aro Park Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:05 pm – Ghuznee St East Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale

 

Night Creatures of Aotearoa presented by

Wellington Batucada

Wellington
Street Music and Dance
Wellington Batucada brings the flamboyant world of Brazilian samba music to Wellington. Originally formed in November 2001 to perform in the Cuba Street Carnival, Wellington Batucada endeavours to replicate the authentic samba sound of Brazil. Their infectious, high-energy samba rhythms regularly make them crowd favourites at various parades and festivals around New Zealand. They will feature again after two consecutive successful performances at the CubaDupa Festival so look out for them in 2017.
Saturday 9:00 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Wellington Batucada
Saturday 9:35 pm – Cuba Mall Wellington Batucada
Saturday 10:00 pm – Te Aro Park Wellington Batucada Jam
Sunday 2:50 pm – Cuba St Upper Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba St Central Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale

 

Retro Space Family presented by

AK Samba

Auckland
Street Music and Dance
AKSamba step back in time to the start of space travel with a Retro-Moon-Family theme, just like The Jetsons! The ‘Samba family of the future’ are complete with big shoulder pads, moon boots, jet packs and sonic silver drums delivering infectious beats to the Wellington streets. AKSamba is an innovative world percussion band based in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Their musical style is a fusion of hot Brazilian rhythms (such as samba, samba-reggae, coco, baio) with drum & bass, hip-hop and other dance influences.
Saturday 5:00 pm – Dixon St East Tartan Samba
Saturday 7:00 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage AK Samba
Saturday 7:30 pm – Cuba Mall AK Samba Parade
Saturday 8:30 pm – Te Aro Park AK Samba Jam
Sunday 12:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Tartan Samba
Sunday 2:55 pm – Te Aro Park Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:05 pm – Ghuznee St East Carnival Bloco
Sunday 3:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Carnival Bloco Finale

 

AK Samba and City of Auckland Pipe Band present

Tartan Samba

Auckland
Street Music
A combination of Brazilian Samba Percussion & Scottish Highland Bagpipe music, Tartan Samba brings together the rhythm and grooves of AKSamba with the pipe music of the City of Auckland Pipe Band. To spice it up they add a twist to old Scottish crowd favourites and incorporate some Northern French/Breton and Northern Spanish/Asturian tunes.

It’s a surprising mash-up musical revolution!

Saturday 5:00 pm – Dixon St East Tartan Samba
Sunday 12:00 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Tartan Samba

 

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

 

Superhero Second Line

Auckland
New Orleans Second Line
Superhero Second Line is a mixing pot of culture and identity! Bringing together the familiar sounds of the traditional New Orleans Brass Band, with modern pop and classic blues songs, Superhero Second Line are entertaining to people from all walks of life!! As retired Super heroes, they decided to pick up instruments and form a band playing tunes from our favorite genres, often heard on Superhero Radio…
Saturday 8:00 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Superhero Second Line
Saturday 8:45 pm – Cuba St Central Super Hero Second Line
Saturday 9:00 pm – Cuba St Upper Super Hero Second Line

 

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