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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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

 

Les Grooms

France
Theatrical Brass Street Music
With a “play-anywhere-for-anybody” attitude this theatrical brass band from France, roam the streets of CubaDupa promising a joyous mélange of music and comedy. Les Grooms play repertoire ranging from folk to jazz, from ethnic to the classics, from medieval airs to film themes, with a smattering of original compositions thrown in. Sometimes, they even sing…

This multi-talented band can improvise a tune for a single passer-by or suddenly become a living red-carpet ; are capable of inflicting an individual musical torture session or invade a shop ; and might well finish off with a tender serenade to a lucky bystander.

Les Grooms is proudly supported by Institut Français, Région Centre val de Loire and la Spedidam.

Saturday 12:00 pm – Te Aro Park Whakatau
Saturday 2:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Saturday 2:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Les Grooms
Saturday 5:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Saturday 5:40 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Les Grooms
Sunday 12:30 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 1:00 pm – Glover Park Ground les Grooms
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 3:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Les Grooms

 

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

 

Tiki Taane

New Zealand
Roots / Acoustic
Possibly one of the country’s most well-known and diverse artists & producers. Tiki Taane will be jamming a solo acoustic set to close out the Toi Pōneke Stage. Renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces. Tiki’s extraordinary ability to rock the mic as both a gifted performance MC and/or a solo acoustic performer is something to be experienced firsthand!
Sunday 3:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Tiki Taane

 

Dave Murphy and Friends

Wellington
Blues
Dave Murphy has established himself as one of the leading fingerstyle blues players in the country. Whether it be old style Robert Johnson or the more modern shades of Magic Sam, Dave can handle it all. He has led and played in blues bands such as The Juke Jivers ,The Midnight Creepers, Hot Leftovers as well as duo and solo work. For CubaDupa Dave is backed by Terry Casey (harmonica), Chris Armour (guitar), Richard Te One (drums) and Miklin Halstead (bass)
Sunday 2:30 pm – Capital Blues Stage Dave Murphy and Friends

 

Julie Lamb’s Blueberry Pie

Wellington
Blues
Jammy, tart, sweet and mellow! A mash up of Two Bluesy Blondes and the Julie Lamb Band. Expect a bit of traditional, and a wee bit of not so much. Vocals Julie Lamb, Bass Callum Hazlitt-Black, Drums Andrew Richardson, Guitar Deane Hunter, Saxes John Gualter, Keys Pieter Bos
Saturday 8:45 pm – Capital Blues Stage Julie Lamb’s Blueberry Pie

 

Shaken Not Stirred

Wellington
Blues
Funky blues, swingin blues, old blues, bent blues and stinky blues rounding off a delightful program of musical items. Shaken not Stirred feature the horn section of Andre Paris and Damian Forlong, the vocals and bass playing of Geoff Hern with Deane Hunter on guitar and Miss Olivia Campion on drums. Be prepared to be slapped and then tickled, Shaken not Stirred, the ultimate in aural pleasure!
Sunday 3:45 pm – Capital Blues Stage Shaken Not Stirred

 

Matt Hay & The Makers

Wellington
Country Blues
Matt Hay & the Makers – Matt Hay (vocals/guitar/harmonica) and the Makers (Clint Meech – keys/BVs, Phil Hope – mandolin/guitar/BVs, George Barris – bass and Delia Shanly – drums) draw influence from the likes of John Hiatt, JJ Cale, and The Band, but deliver their own special blend Blues, Country and Americana. Hay’s original songs have melodies that will stick in your brain, choruses you’ll want to sing along to, and offer quietly astute commentaries on life’s little ups and downs.
Sunday 12:00 pm – Capital Blues Stage Matt Hay and the Makers

 

Capital Blues Presents

Wellington Heads

Wellington
Jazz Blues
Sharp and energetic, Wellington Heads (Named after the striking features on Wellington’s rugged southern coastline) have been playing in and around the capital city for nigh on 20 years. Wellington Heads have evolved their own sound through the influences of Chicago blues, Kansas style blue jazz, the swinging rhythm n blues of Louis Jordan and Ray Charles, and infused with Pacific/Hawaiian rhythms and Latino feels.
Sunday 1:15 pm – Capital Blues Stage Wellington Heads

 

Sunday Comedy Session

Wellington
Live Stand-Up Comedy
San Fran hosts a Cuba Dupa Sunday comedy session – a free event featuring a Pro MC, the afternoon show will feature up to 20 local comedians doing 5 minute sets of their best gags and new material, making San Fran THE place to get your Sunday giggles in a seated cabaret setting! Sunday 3pm-5.30pm.
Sunday 3:00 pm – San Fran Folk & Country Lounge Sunday Comedy Lounge

 

Toi Pōneke presents

DFRESH

Wellington
Hip Hop / Soul / Funk
Self-professed Hipster Hop god DFRESH returns to the capital with a selection of premium vinyl plates for pleasing party people. With all good intentions of much audio touchington, DFRESH brings his choicest cuts to the table, revisiting a moshi of disco daze, jazzy swingers and anthemic classic clappers! DFRESH will be on stage Sunday 26 March at 2pm – 2:45pm
Sunday 2:00 pm – Toi Poneke Stage D-Fresh

 

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

 

The Wellington Chocolate Factory VR Experience

Wellington
Virtual Reality
The Wellington Company has always had an inspired vision for Wellington – a vibrant city, with pulsating laneways and wonderful inner-city life. Hannah’s Courtyard, a complex of fantastic apartments, businesses and hospitality shows the power of the vision. Now they want to tell the story of the Wellington Chocolate Factory – sharing Hannah’s Courtyard, and how they turned their vision into reality.

 

More FM Kids Zone

Wellington
Family Activity
The More FM Kids Zone will be better than ever this year with everything from a Nerf Gun shooting range, free bubble blowing, Beyblade battles, and some delicious morsels for the young at heart.
We will also be taking photos on the day so make sure you come and join us. We would love to see you at Wellington’s Iconic CubaDupa festival for another amazing year in the capital.
Saturday 12:30 pm – Cuba St Upper More FM Kids Zone
Sunday 12:00 pm – Cuba St Upper More FM kids zone

 

Toi Pōneke presents

Irirangi

Wellington
Music
Irirangi explore the interplay between our modern and traditional voices, Pākeha and Māori. Conversations between the cello and Taonga Pūoro are interpreted digitally and extrapolated to give a new musical voice unique to Aotearoa. Irirrangi are Matt Tui (Cello) Andy Hummel (Laptop) and Al Fraser (Taonga Pūoro)
Sunday 12:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage “Uillean pipes” & “Irirangi”

 

Toi Pōneke presents

Jan Hinde and Al Fraser

Wellington
Irish / Maori
Traditional melodies from Ireland and Taonga Pūoro improvisation from Aotearoa take on new meanings as Jan Hinde (Uilleann Pipes) and Al Fraser (Ngā Taonga Pūoro) intertwine and explore musical traditions.
Sunday 12:30 pm – Toi Poneke Stage “Uillean pipes” & “Irirangi”

 

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

 

Finn Johansson

Wellington
Songwriter
Wellington’s much-loved Psychedelic Country Songwriter Finn Johansson has been cloistered away in his bedroom studio over the summer assembling a followup to his 2015 debut, ‘Two Thousand And Fourteen’. You’ll hear a couple of brand spanking new numbers when Finn takes to the stage with his 5-Piece All-Star Rock-and-or-Roll Band this Cubadupa. Have you ever danced and wept profusely at the same time? Now’s your chance to.
Sunday 2:30 pm – Glover Stage Finn Johansson

 

Wellington Citadel Band

Wellington
Music
The Wellington Citadel Band, one of New Zealand’s leading Salvation Army bands, exists to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ. The Band has been prominent in the Wellington community since 1883 and can be heard at worship services at The Salvation Army’s Vivian Street worship centre every Sunday at 10.30am. The Band travels extensively throughout New Zealand and overseas. The Band’s repertoire includes major works for brass band, street marches, classical arrangements, swing and jazz numbers, classical arrangements, and settings of traditional and contemporary worship songs.
Sunday 12:30 pm – Booth House Salvation Army Band

 

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

 

Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion

Germany
Yo-Yo Demonstration
“More than just up and down!” This is how you could describe the artistic performance of Dave Geigle. For nearly two decades this young Berliner has been yoyoing around – so successfully that he has been European Champion five times! With tricks like “Around the world”, “Eifel Tower” and “Rock the Baby” as well as performing with two yoyos simultaneously, Dave Geigle amazes audiences with his cool show. Come and have a look and then give it a go yourself under Dave Geigle’s expert guidance!

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut

Saturday 1:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion
Saturday 2:45 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion
Sunday 1:15 pm – Cuba St Upper Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion
Sunday 2:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion
Sunday 4:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Dave Geigle Yo-Yo Champion

 

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

 

Capital E presents

BLOOM

Wellington
Childrens Activity
BLOOM
with Capital E, for all ages
Is it a dinosaur, a spaceship, a chandelier, a cloud? Come and bring BLOOM to life!
Consisting of thousands of identical pink pieces, children and big kids alike can connect, construct and deconstruct 3D installations with no boundaries or rules. Grow an alien garden and cultivate surreal landscapes that are truly one of a kind – only your imagination is the limit.
BLOOM is part of Capital E’s National Arts Festival for children and young people. From 13-25 March there are performances across the city taking place, from dance to music to outdoor performance. Visit capitale.org.nz for more information.
Saturday 12:45 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Capital E presents
Sunday 12:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Capital E & Bloom

 

Goethe-Institut presents

Princessin Hans

Berlin Germany
Theatrical Punk Music
Punk Connoisseurs Princessin Hans grew up on Berlin’s queer literature and cabaret stages, and is made up of NZ-born Hans Kellett and Germany’s musical mischief-maker Jörg Hochapfel. Onstage they blur conventional clichés of celebrity and identity while juggling musical genres like some folks juggle knives. For the first time in their 13-year career they are returning to Hans’ homeland, Aotearoa, and CubaDupa will be their first ever performance in here.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut

Saturday 6:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Princessin Hans
Sunday 2:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Princessin Hans

 

The Wellington Mingus Ensemble

Wellington
Jazz
The Wellington Mingus Ensemble takes CubaDupa! Bear witness to the phenomenon that is the Wellington Mingus Ensemble. One of New Zealand’s most jaw-dropping jazz orchestras who pay homage to one of the most powerful composers to ever walk the earth. Appearing at one of Wellington’s favourite events, sixteen badasses will perform new tunes and as always, channel the same ole Mingus magic.
Sunday 12:00 pm – Glover Stage The Wellington Mingus Ensemble

 

The Bluegrass Referendum

Wellington
Americana
You’ve never heard string music like this; heart-wrenching harmonies, songs of longing and heartache and the lightning instrumentals that bluegrass music is famous for. Wellington’s Kim and Dusty (the duo that blends Kim Bonnington’s whisky harmonies with Dusty Burnell’s multi instrumental wizardry) meet Nat and Jenine from Auckland’s Pipi Pickers (as seen at Australia’s MountainGrass, Wellington Folk Festival, Auckland Folk Festival) in this soulful, spiritual union of sound.
Sunday 1:15 pm – Glover Stage The Bluegrass Referendum

 

Phantasticus

Wellington
Gypsy Jazz
Violins, guitars and double bass whisper, seduce, and shout. Complex arrangements rub sexy shoulders with dance-floor favourites. Original tunes meet Django Reinhardt and Michael Jackson in a darkened hall-way, creating beautiful love-children, some of which we had to send into hiding. While time travelling from 1920’s Paris, we briefly got lost in Serbia before ending up in Wellington. Now we play beautiful music for you!
Sunday 1:15 pm – Upper Cuba Stage Phantasticus

 

Cumbia Blazera

Wellington
Latin
Cumbia Blazera features 11 handsome guys from the ‘Sunday Blazers’ Football Club, playing instruments and singing upbeat tunes: Colombian classics, Kiwi hits (‘Cumbia-fied’) and their own original songs. Some of them are professional musicians; some are South American; some are ‘other’. It’s always an epic party! They sing in Spanish, English, and in the universal language of chanting sounds like ‘Wai-ooo’. In April 2017 they are touring Colombia – choice!
Sunday 3:45 pm – Glover Stage Cumbia Blazera

 

Kiwi BBQ presented by

Colossal Productions

Wellington
Street Theatre Circus
Kev, Bev and Trev like nothing more than a good ol’ Kiwi BBQ. So they chucked their 6 burner in the back of the Ute, found a gas tank with a little more than half in it and hit the streets to share their love for outdoor cooking. What should be simple method of cooking sausages and other meat based produce, soon turns into absolute mayhem!

PS. Vegetarian options provided
PPS. All food is hypothetical – BYO imagination

Saturday 5:00 pm – Cuba St Central KIWI BBQ
Saturday 8:30 pm – Cuba St Upper KIWI BBQ
Sunday 12:00 pm – Te Aro Park KIWI BBQ
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba St Central KIWI BBQ

 

Clan Celtica

Auckland
Tribal Percussion
Clan Celtica is a Scottish Tribal band made up of 5 drummers and a Great Highland Bagpiper. Their music is uniquely Scottish. And is best described as an exciting mix of emotive Celtic melodies alongside pulsating dynamic drum beats, both slow and fast. Apart from having an almost eerie hypnotic atmospheric ambiance the drums live up to their reputation as the sound of Thunder!
Saturday 12:35 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Clan Celtica
Saturday 1:15 pm – Cuba St Upper Clan Celtica
Sunday 12:45 pm – Glover Park Ground Clan Celtica
Sunday 1:30 pm – Te Aro Park Clan Celtica

 

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

 

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

 

Carp Diem presented by

Tape Art NZ

Wellington
Visual Art
‘Carp Diem’ is a street art installation by public art team Struan Ashby & Erica Duthie (Tape Art NZ) who will transform a section of Ghuznee St into a mystical fish-pond waterscape. Using recycled PVC and tape drawn directly onto the street, oversized fantastical fish will lead pedestrians to wend their way through the lily pads in search of surprises lurking half hidden amidst the rippled water.
Saturday 12:00 pm – Ghuznee St East Carp Diem
Sunday 12:00 pm – Ghuznee St East Carp Diem

 

Shabby Salon

Wellington
Street Hairdressing
Enter through the floral curtain fronted Shabby Salon into a world often missed by the average Cuba St pedestrian. Where plastic bouquets, glittery objects and cast aside toys finally find their place in the world. The stylists of the Shabby Salon, at the top of their game, transform average Wellington hairstyles into wonderlands of colour and mayhem in an exuberant performance of pandemonium.
Saturday 1:00 pm – Booth House Shabby Salon
Sunday 1:00 pm – Booth House Shabby Salon

 

Urban Garden and Creative Workshops presented by

REACT

Manawatu
Creative Installation & Workshops
Welcome to our weekend transformation of an inner city car park into an Urban Garden Paradise with fabulous blooms, pallet seating and a playable junk orchestra! Using home grown, low impact and reusable resources, help us grow the Urban Garden with workshops for the young and not so young. Butterflies and Blooms: Create large butterflies from homegrown willow and tissue, or small flowers/ blooms from reused foam to enhance the Urban Garden ambiance, or take home as a memento.
Junk Instruments: make paint bucket drums, and horns to blow, from reused materials with simple construction.
Make, play and create, or just relax and enjoy the family atmosphere in an oasis amongst the street festivities.
Saturday 12:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Butterflies and Blooms workshop
Saturday 2:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St REACT presents
Saturday 3:30 pm – Roaming Big Girls
Sunday 12:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Capital E & Bloom
Sunday 1:30 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Capital E & Bloom
Sunday 3:00 pm – Roaming Big Girls

 

Big Girl's do the CubaDupa presented by

BIG GIRLS

Manawatu
Street Theatre
The Big Girl’s will be taking to the streets of CubaDupa in a dancing parade. Come and join them for a ‘larger than life’ party. Big Girl’s are giant puppet representatives made with and by women of diverse nationalites who call Aotearoa New Zealand home. They’re about making a space on the streets for all, in celebration of our cultural diversity.
Saturday 3:30 pm – Roaming Big Girls
Sunday 3:00 pm – Roaming Big Girls

 

Orpheus Choir of Wellington

Wellington
Choral
The mighty Orpheus Choir of Wellington are well known for their dramatic symphonic performances. Presenting Kiwi hits, enlivened by a jazz trio, they escape the confines of the classical concert hall to support insanely talented soloists as an oversized backup vocal ensemble. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear your favourite NZ pop tunes as you’ve never heard them before.
Sunday 2:40 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage Orpheus Choir of Wellington

 

Duelling Pianos

Wellington
Street Boogie
We put two upright acoustic pianos face to face with a very brave drummer in the middle. Guns are drawn and a piano duel begins. The music is highly energetic and features familiar songs.
Saturday 6:30 pm – Booth House Duelling Pianos
Saturday 8:15 pm – Glover Park Ground Duelling Pianos
Saturday 8:45 pm – Swan Ground Duelling Pianos
Sunday 1:00 pm – Ghuznee St West Duelling Pianos
Sunday 2:00 pm – Te Aro Park Duelling Pianos
Sunday 3:15 pm – Cuba Mall Duelling Pianos

 

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

 

Bucket Fountain Babe

Wellington
Street Theatre
Catherine Badwind is back for bucket loads of rubber duck fun and games at The Bucket Fountain! Great fun for all ages, especially kids (or children at heart). Come join Badwind for her annual bucket fountain challenge. Will you be crowned King or Queen of The Bucket Fountain?
Saturday 2:30 pm – Cuba Mall Bucket Fountain Babe
Sunday 2:30 pm – Cuba Mall Bucket Fountain Babe

 

World Song Singing presented by

WOSOSI

Wellington
World Songs
WOSOSI are a dynamic, a cappella choir who enjoy exploring the world’s rich singing traditions. They specialise in songs and chants from around the world, conveying each songs intention and wairua – whether that is a quiet longing for your homeland, celebrating the joy of independence won, the despair of loved ones lost or the delicate beauty of a song of peace.
Saturday 2:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Saturday 3:45 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Wososi Choir
Saturday 5:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 12:30 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 1:00 pm – Glover Park Ground les Grooms
Sunday 3:00 pm – Cuba Mall Les Grooms
Sunday 3:30 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard Les Grooms

 

White Face Crew POP Riders

Auckland
Street Theatre Clown
Watch out for the White Face Crew’s wacky wheels and blinged-out bikes. These clever clowns are bringing their unique style of physical comedy to CubaDupa. Capturing hearts and imaginations alike, White Face Crew spring surprise encounters on passers-by with roving performances inspired by physical theatre, clowning, play, and a smidge of mischief. White Face Crew Pop Riders premiered at Pop 2016, Auckland Council.
Saturday 2:00 pm – Cuba St Central White Face Crew
Saturday 3:30 pm – Cuba Mall White Faced Crew
Saturday 5:00 pm – Cuba St Upper White Face Crew
Sunday 12:30 pm – Cuba St Upper White Face Crew
Sunday 2:00 pm – Cuba Mall White Face Crew
Sunday 3:30 pm – Cuba St Upper White Face Crew

 

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

 

Country Life presented by

Fraser Hooper

Wellington
Street Theatre
Take one award winning clown, sprinkle on some magic, turn up the comedy, add some eccentric dancing, a water skiing cow and a remote control duck and you have the perfect recipe for non stop laughter. Fresh from the worldwide success of his Boxing show, Fraser Hooper ventures into the great outdoors in another glorious concoction of ridiculous routines.

“Perfect comic timing, Hooper is super.”
The Sunday Mail Australia

Saturday 1:00 pm – Ghuznee St East Country Life
Saturday 3:15 pm – Ghuznee St East Country Life
Sunday 1:30 pm – Ghuznee St East Country Life
Sunday 3:15 pm – Ghuznee St East Country Life

 

La Cymbalobylette presented by

Dynamogene

France
Street Theatre
A mobile & musical street theatre show with a strange mechanical-music machine.
Cymbalobylette : n from the latin cymbalo, the cymbal, and from the greek bylette, the motorcycle without motor.
A hybrid mobile music machine, and a real mechanical battucada, which exclusively relies on muscular energy.
Two colleagues,travel all the way from their factory in France to present the strange machine made by their great-great-great grandfather.
Saturday 2:15 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 2:35 pm – Cuba St Upper La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 4:00 pm – Cuba St Central La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 4:20 pm – Ghuznee St East La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 6:15 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard La Cymbalobylette
Saturday 6:30 pm – Cuba Mall La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 12:15 pm – Cuba St Central La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 12:30 pm – Ghuznee St East La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 2:35 pm – Cuba St Upper La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 2:55 pm – Toi Poneke Stage Ground La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 4:00 pm – Wellington Company Hannah’s Courtyard La Cymbalobylette
Sunday 4:20 pm – Cuba Mall La Cymbalobylette

 

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

 

Chipolatas

Australia & UK
Circus, Music, Theatre
The Chipolatas, custodians of an ever-evolving tradition, blending the old and the new, where circus meets theatre and live music is played. A common ground where magic is made.

Transcending trends, capturing hearts and crossing boundaries, these 3 actors / musicians / clowns, perform a story without words.

Saturday 2:00 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Chipolatas
Saturday 4:00 pm – Cuba St Upper Chipolatas Clown Band
Saturday 5:15 pm – Ghuznee St East Chipolatas
Sunday 12:45 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Chipolatas Clown Band
Sunday 2:15 pm – Urban Garden Leeds St Chipolatas Clown Band
Sunday 3:45 pm – Upper Cuba St Stage Ground Chipolatas

 

The Eggs

Wellington
Rhythm and Soul
It remains unclear as to which came first, the chicken or The Eggs. Regardless, this ensemble has been the most obstinate omelette on Wellington’s music buffet for upward of 15 years. Enter the orbit of the omnipotent organ where the dance floor dreams of devastating drums! Become enamored of the elliptically eloquent extemporizations of Imon Starr. Be enthralled by the awe-inspiring elucidations of the oracular, the spectacular Lisa Tomlins.
Sunday 4:15 pm – Upper Cuba Stage The Eggs

 

George & Noriko

Melbourne
Blues / World
George and Noriko break all the rules. The duo brings something unique, something unexpected.

Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, they have been kicking up a storm wherever they play.  George’s lightning fast blues licks & growling harmonica enhanced by Noriko’s percussive sounds of the shamisen (Traditional Japanese banjo) has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues with a Japanese twist.

Saturday 4:15 pm – Glover Stage George & Noriko
Sunday 2:59 pm – Upper Cuba Stage George & Noriko

 

ALDOC

Dublin
Celtic / World
Urban sounds & musical soundscapes, led by charmed melodies on the flute and lit up with jazz-tinged arrangements, heavy grooves, spooky brass solos, tremolo affected electric guitars, lonely banjo lines and dramatic breakdowns. Evocative and exotic vocals – some, in an inspired twist, chant-like. This is ALDOC! Led by Dubliner Alan Doherty (Lord of the Rings Flute soloist) and described by Irish Folk hero Christy Moore as a “revelation” – the global sound on their debut album “From Tallaght to Halle” definitely breaks the sound barrier!

Aldoc is proudly supported by Culture Ireland.

Sunday 4:15 pm – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage ALDOC

 

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