HOOT! A Street Band Extravaganza! There are so many great street bands at CubaDupa this year, we have decided to start earlier on the Sunday, and turn the streets over to a street band extravaganza, and call it HOOT!
The bands come off the stages and play on the street level with the audience. With streetbands from New Zealand, Australia and United States and Canada, playing big brassy sounds including Gypsy Party Punk, Folk, Balkan, New Orleans Second Line, and Funk.
Bands will play and parade the length of Cuba Street, with a WHAT A HOOT! finale at the Swan Stage.
This is a street party not to be missed.
Come and have a HOOT!
Street bands include:
Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada)
Aspire Big Band
Niko Ne Zna
The Unusual Suspects (Australia)
Free Agents Brass Band (United States)
Richter City Rebels
RNZ Airforce Band
United Samba Schools of NZ, team up with the Wellington Community Choir to perform a range of songs from different parts of Brazil, featuring amazing Brazilian songstress: Alda Rezende.
CubaDupa and Wellington Community Choir go together, like lemon and honey, lime an’ de coconut
More than 250 performers will conglomerate at the Wellington Airport Swan Stage, to deliver a range of styles; from Marcha-rancho to Afoxe and Afro Samba. Darryn Sigley, Julian Raphael and Alda, have carefully selected songs to create a unique Carnival atmosphere reminiscent of Rio, Belo Horizonte or Salvador da Bahia. CubaDupa Carnival! Vamos lá!
The Curbside Cabaret Jams are a new addition to CubaDupa – an opportunity for buskers, Jedi’s and passers-by alike to play a toon, have a rant or just sit and listen to an ever evolving and more-than-slightly unplanned showcase of humanity’s flotsam and jetstam. The Curbside Cabaret will be based in our Urban Garden on Leeds St next to the Fortune Favours Garden Bar.
Want to dance? Well now you can give it a go.
Join the crew at FEET with Heat with classes in Lindy Hop Swing and the cheeky Cha Cha Cha.
Two of the most popular vibrant styles around the world, with music to match.
Not sure what these are have a look at our you tube clips
Classes during CubaDupa weekend
Saturday 24th March 2018
Beginner Swing (Lindy Hop) from 2-3:30pm
and Beginner Latin (Cha Cha Cha) 4-5:30pm.
No experience necessary and neither is a partner.
Come along have fun, meet new people, keep fit, try something new.
$25 per single class, $40 for both classes
The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band has been a vital unit of the New Zealand Defence Force for more than eighty years. The band in its current form is made up of highly-skilled reservists; with many also performing with leading ensembles around the country. The band maintains a regular schedule of ceremonial duties in Wellington, including parades to mark the arrival of international dignitaries and Anzac Day services.
Albi and The Wolves will engage, entertain and amaze with their immersive performances, driven by their original music. Their songs are heartfelt, soulful and encouraging of audience members to sing, dance or simply listen to the stories created by this traveling folk troop.
Using only a guitar, double bass and violin, this band will do much more than you would expect with what they’ve got.
Be sure to see one of their sets at this year’s festival.
The Ashton Family Circus bring grassroots entertainment to CubaDupa. Comprised of a wannabe strong man, a pole-dancer extraordinaire, a princess aerialists and 5 year old twin tigers, this show is something you can’t miss. The family travel with the Extravaganza Fair performing their unique show, Love and Light.
Aspire Big Band is a 17-piece big band, dedicated to hot swing and a lot more besides. A regular at festivals, parties and dances, Aspire plays a toe-tapping mix of everything from the swing classics to Latin, funk and pop rock. Interspersed with vocal numbers led by their own Sinatra and fabulous songstress, Aspire’s guaranteed to get faces smiling and hips shimmying.
12.30 to 5pm Sunday.
Is it a dinosaur, a spaceship, a chandelier, a cloud? The Capital E Bloom, consists of thousands of identical pink pieces that let children and big kids connect, construct and deconstruct 3D installations with no boundaries or rules. Creating installations with Bloom is like growing an alien garden, cultivating surreal landscapes that are truly one-of-a-kind!
Saturday – creative cardboard creations and cardboard creatures/head pieces/masks, come along and create your outfit for the DIY parade at 4.30pm
Capital Steampunk return to CubaDupa 2018, bigger and better than ever. With two independent performances over two days, your Steampunk cravings are sure to be met with Victorian-inspired outfits, gadgets, goggles, ray-guns and racing teapots.
On Saturday, come along to the annual Splendid Teapot Race, where victorian tea-pots meet remote controlled cars; racing through an obstacle course against the clock. Points are rewarded for style and entertainment, over speed; a race where bribery of the judges is encouraged.
Sunday is set for Capital Steampunk Tea-Duelling; a most civilised way to settle and argument. With two chairs, two cups of tea, a plate of suitable biscuits and two people who disagree on something; the Tiffin Master guides two duellists through the tense process of selecting a biscuit, dunking it for a prescribed time and not letting it fall apart too soon with the winner being the last to get their biscuit safely tucked into their mouth.
Capital Steampunk will parade alongside the NZ Opera as part of The Eagle Has Landed, which takes place across both days of CubaDupa 2018.
A gorgeous combination of illusion, dance and humour with an unexpected twist, Miss Dylan Daisy’s Magic Show is sure to delight. At just 10 years old, Dylan travels the country with her family as part of The Extravaganza Fair. Performing every weekend in a new town, Dylan brings her old-school and enchanting show to CubaDupa 2018.
Interactive site-specific installation at the Wellington Chocolate Factory
Welcome to a world where the food of the gods is traced to far away places and long forgotten secrets. Java Dance Theatre brings you a collaboration with the Wellington Chocolate Factory and the beginning of a journey into the gooey centre of bittersweet dark chocolate. Enjoy a stolen moment with Java Dance Theatre in this site-specific interaction for Cubadupa.
Drop by the Wellington Chocolate Factory anytime between 10am-4pm Saturday 24th & 11am-4pm Sunday 25th March and discover the magic of Handmade.
It has been nearly 13 years since the Wellington Community Choir set itself up (in June 2005) as a place where anyone could come along and learn how to sing together in a joyful and friendly manner. People from all walks of life have been part of the choir; some who have never been in a musical group before, others who had been silent since childhood, now discovering themselves as members of a singing community. We are a group that performs music from the world’s cultures and we celebrate participation via the simple pleasures of human and musical interaction and we are proud to assert that the only joining criteria is to be able to come along and sing – if you can get through the door, you are in the choir!
12-6pm daily. Orchestra Wellington and Wellington tech company MIXT invite you to come and join us for the world premier of THE VIRTUAL CONDUCTOR EXPERIENCE. Put on the VR headset and be immersed into the world of the symphony conductor, standing on the podium to lead a 90 piece orchestra as they perform the powerful ‘Rite of Spring’ by Igor Stravinsky in front of a full live audience.
Wellington Citadel Band is one of New Zealand’s leading Salvation Army Bands and has been in existence continuously since 1883. The Band plays at all Salvation Army services in its Vivian Street centre and is active in the community, playing at Christmas across various city locations, on Sundays at hospitals, rest homes and markets, and several times each year in concert in Wellington and other large centres across New Zealand and aborad. The Band’s repertoire encompasses marches, hymns, swing/rock arrangements, classical numbers, popular tunes, and instrumental features.
blues, early rock’n’roll, country and New OrleansBlues
The Superheaters are a Wellington based outfit featuring the much celebrated songwriter Wayne Mason (of Fourmyula and Warratahs Fame) who, in collaboration with an equally accomplished band bring a distinctly personal and unaffected take on the American roots idiom by mixing blues, early rock’n’roll, country and New Orleans into a musical melting pot.
The Extravaganza Fair is a unique, eclectic collection of funky traveling souls and their fascinating rolling ‘Tiny Homes’ that travel the highways and byways of our awesome Aotearoa. We are a family affair with handcrafted goods, cool stuff for kids, food, games, rides, loads of fabulous shopping and so much more! There will be outrageous shenanigans, marvellous family shows, live music and entertainment at our very own Extravaganza Stage, sponsored by Havana Coffee Works. Check us out at the top of Cuba on Abel Smith Street. Throughout the weekend.
Obadiah is a local 6 piece acoustic band that plays mainly original compositions by Jeff Simmonds. Jeff is the lead vocalist and guitarist, Pauline plays the piano accordion, Karl and Bruce do drums, Chris does mandolin, Ben on bass and Alistair is the violinist. Jeff’s style is folk/ contemporary and he is particularly good at songs of unrequited love.
Increasing waste accumulation, in combination with mutagenic toxins and possible extra-terrestrial influences, have led to the evolution of a new life-form: ALIEN JUNK MONSTERS.
However the news isn’t all bad, as these fellas love to BOOGIE.
Created from waste materials sourced from skips, dumps, tips, road-sides and recycling facilities, the ALIEN JUNK MONSTERS are here to entertain with their funky percussive antics, while promoting the valuable message of waste-minimisation, recycling and the creative re-use of waste materials.
Guitarist Jackson Brown and drummer Theo Sakofsky are the Toxic Popsicles. The Wellington-based duo competed in the 2017 Intermediate School Battle of the Bands, winning the prize for best guitarist. Having recorded their first single late last year, they recently participated in the Apollo Music Summer Rock Camp, writing and recording three original songs. In their free time they enjoy jamming and busking on the streets of Wellington.
Funky dance grooves combine with highly charged re-imaginings of work by James Brown, Michael Jackson, Santana, Stevie Wonder and an unhealthy dose of the blues. Nick Granville – guitar; Lance Philip – drums; Leonardo Coghini – organ
One of New Zealand’s most enduring singers, Marg Layton returns to CubaDupa 2018. Drawing from her extensive repertoire of folk, blues and gospel, she is delighted to be accompanied by her fine band of Bill Lake (guitar, vocals), Andrew Clouston (saxophone), Chris Prowse (guitar) and Pat Bleakley (acoustic bass).
Rolling with some monster bootleg swagger, a dollop of quirky horns and a dash of lurching swing, Earl Grain weaves together a drooling mixture of styles, genres and tempos, bringing you the bass from the Bayou…
Conjuring modern DJ voodoo with vintage midi trickery he broadcasts Gyp-hop, Swamp-bass ‘n’ Breaks with a tropical flavour, some Eastern charm and a sub bass rattle.
Responsible for underground phenomenon The Swamp Shack Sound System and running all things musical in the now infamous Wellington Juke Joint known as Laundry, Earl has one foot in the mangroves and the other in the dancehall…
Fat, funky, deliciously groovy and diverse dance beats
Amanda has been djing since 1991, from the beaches on Goa to festivals in Germany, from Burning Man to private parties in castles. Passionate about creating magic on the dance floor, Amanda will get the CubaDupa crowds dancing with a smile on their face and a bounce in their step.
The CubaDupa Comedy lounge is back on Sunday March 25th hosted by MC Neil Thornton.
Come up and get your CubaDupa laughs in San Fran’s cabaret comedy lounge set up.
Twelve local and national acts.
FREE entry, 2pm to 5pm.
(The balcony will be open during the show for CubaDupa’s best viewing platform).
The vibrant art of flamenco dance, song and guitar has attracted fans from around the world.
But how do local people in countries far from Spain, ever get the chance to actually perform with real Spanish flamenco artists?
Spanish Dancer Isabel Rivera offers that opportunity wherever she performs, combining local and Spanish artists in concert.
Finding value and support in local talent, Rivera thrives on the opportunity to explore fresh artistic possibilities, while providing a genuine Spanish experience for all involved.
Chloe Loftus brings her quirky and original work, Out of the Blue, to CubaDupa 2018 with incredible design by Jared Haley and Sanit Klamchanuan.
A shoal of sea warriors appear in the streets to capture your attention and imagination. Charged with rhythmic beats, ethereal yet powerful, the ghostly warriors speak of the importance of kaitiakitanga, guardianship of the environment.
Loftus has toured work internationally to critical acclaim for over a decade. Inspired to create vibrant choreographic work that engages new audiences with dance theatre she creates eye-catching, daring and beautiful productions with both playful and thought-provoking narratives.
The Unusual Suspects are a 24 piece street band; 6 drummers, 5 saxes, 3 trumpets, a clarinet, 2 trombones, a sousaphone, an ipad, an electric bass, a cittern and a rezouki.
Their repertoire begins with Balkan Roma Brass style pieces, exploring dance grooves in varied time signatures, then moving into their high energy originals; the Unusual Suspects are sure to get any crowd moving.
Originally hailing from the South Island, Tyson Smith has been based in Wellington for the last decade after various musical meanderings overseas.
He has worked as a guitarist with acts ranging from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to vocalist Hollie Smith.
His raw and exciting original music combines elements of rock, blues, folk, world music and freeform improvisation.
Taste the hot and spicy rhythms of Africa with, The Afro Beat Band, led by a leading NZ based African performance artist Sam Manzanza.
Sam Manzanza has performed his infectious brand of authentic African music to audiences all over the globe. His knowledge of traditional rhythms is honed by years spent with the national ballet of Zaire ( DR Congo ) under Ray Lema.
Sam is the man who popularised traditional and modern Africa music in New Zealand.
This performance is designed to get you moving, feeling the love and magic of the tribal beats; a spectacular showcase of culture, positive vibes and high energy.
Like the region’s famous westerly wind, the powerful Brazilian rhythms of Palmerston North-based percussion group Samba ao Vento will knock you off your feet. The group, whose name translates as ‘Samba on the Wind’, might be the new kid on the block, a bit like being in a category 5 storm, once they get going, you won’t be able to stand still.
Wellington Batucada bring the flamboyant world of Brazilian Samba music to Wellington.
Originally formed in 2001 for the Cuba Street Carnival, today they are still crowd favourites with their authentic, infectious, high-energy Samba rhythms.
We dare you to not tap your feet or start dancing when they begin to play.
Tauranga Samba are a Brazilian street percussion band from all walks of life, brought together by a combined love of big drum sounds and extravagant costumes. With an impressive 30 members and 10 years under their belt, they’re proof that their is a musical beat in everyone just waiting to be released.
Psychedelic soul-clap grooves dipped in funk batter, rolled in jazz crumbs and deep fried on raw naked flames. Tāwhiri Funk are an exciting band on the wellington scene, with a unique sound drawing influence from hip hop, turntablism and electronic music, right through to jazz, funk and soul.
Australian festival favourites & 2016/17 Golden Guitar finalists The Hillbilly Goats, play CubaDupa 2018. Stripping back the layers of modern music and transport you on a journey back through the centuries to roots and old time blues, these guys aren’t just a band; they’re a show featuring stories and song, combined with tap dancing, bones, big harmonies and regular instrument changes. Come along and be prepared to “Kick yer shoes off, put yer hoe down and hang on to yer britches!!!”
Sambatron have made a name for themselves with their lively energetic performance and an abundance of creativity. Honing their trade by doing what they love, Sambatron bring the passion and vibrancy of Brazilian-style street samba percussion to Kiwi audiences.
From the French Quarter of New Orleans to the streets of Wellington, the soul of New Orleans music is infectious.
The Rebels have a sound that blends RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk with the heart and soul of New Orleans. Trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone, percussion join forces to bring the ultimate Mardi Gras party. Originals, funked-up pop, and hip-hop, the Rebels’ sound embodies the musical melting pot of Louisiana.
Niko Ne Zna is a world class, world-music extravaganza. A staple of the New Zealand festival circuit and frequently selling out shows at home and more recently in Australia, Niko Ne Zna bring a hot and spicy taste of the old countries, to the Capital of New Zealand. Playing captivating original music as well as classic songs from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States, Niko Ne Zna’s hypnotic melodies and wild, infectious rhythms will set even the most rhythmically-challenged moving and grooving!
Roll up, roll up. Come and be a part of the Nelson Sambassadors’ world of circus. Astounding drumming beats from the traditional Samba to modern-funk, all mixed up with a circus flavour. Get ready to boogie on down with our amazing dancing troupe at CubaDupa 2018, though you better watch out – you may want to run away with us and join the circus.
Mehana is a 6-piece Balkan Ethno-Blues Folk band, injecting new life into old songs with their own interpretation and style.
The power of Mehana’s music is in the raw and down-to-earth energy of their songs and the emotion the band members bring to every performance. Their songs are about life and love – music as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago.
Hipstamatics are a dynamic 10 piece band from Auckland, New Zealand. With a distinct flavour, the band’s style and musicality draws on classic 70’s and modern funk fusion. The stellar line-up of talented musicians and vocalists play soul powered arrangements of iconic songs, as well producing original music. The band have earned a reputation for their energetic live performances which are known to get everyone on their feet and feeling funky.
Catherine Badwind is back for her annual Bucket Fountain Challenge; bringing bucket loads of rubber ducks, family fun and games – this is sure to be a hit with the young ones. 3pm to 5pm both days.
Who will be crowned King or Queen of the Bucket Fountain in 2018?
But wait…For the first time ever you can join Badwind for her giant egg-and-spoon race; a fantastical version of a party favourite and family friendly classic.
Can you and the family master both games.
Bay Batucada take a walk into the future with ‘White Noise’; a white-suit clad adventure into a weird, scary and intriguing vision of the future. Who is this intrepid crew of big-sound adventurers? Are they here to save us from the future? Are they our futuristic clean up crew? Are they even from Earth?! Don’t worry folks, everything’s gonna be all-white, as Bay Batucada’s ‘White Noise’ is here to save the day.
For the first time ever on the CubaDupa stage, Spandex Love Nest featuring AKSamba fuse your nostalgic love of the ’80s with the renowned drumming energy and rhythms of Brazil. You’ve never seen or heard anything like it before.
Don’t leave it until the final countdown: mark it in your calendar and channel your ’80s inner child. We’ll see you there with your biggest hair, your MJ tees and acid wash jeans.
High fashion with a beastly twist.
Watch these aristocratic Zebra’s prance, preen, graze and dance. With booty to blow your mind, and some dance moves to make Beyonce blush.
These human/animals are able to steer verbal content around themes of the planet, loss of habitat and biodiversity while still making people laugh out loud as they mingle with their audience.
Saturday 12.30-5.30pm Sunday 1.30- 4.30pm.
Clients are welcomed into the shambolic world of the Shabby Salon, where they receive an exciting transformational experience like no other.
Leave your former self behind as your stylist bedazzles you with hairstyles, costumes and body paint in an exuberant performance of pandemonium.
It’s 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are about to be the first people to set foot on the moon – or are they? What if these Apollo astronauts discovered a group of stranded characters from a Jules Verne novel had arrived before them? With music by Anthony Ritchie, words by Stuart Hoar, and performers from NZ Opera and Capital! Steampunk, this street opera will transport audiences to an encounter that is truly out of this world!
The Urban Garden Oasis is made for fun.
During the day, a place of creative mayhem for the whole family. Join us in the construction of Carnival Costumes 2pm to 4pm and Junk Instruments 12.30 to 2.30pm also join in the percussion workshop anytime between 1.30pm to 4pm ready for our D-I-Y Parade through the streets at 4.30pm.
By night, an ambient change as the garden is lit with specialty video mapping performance, ‘Blooms’, for a special evening soiree.
‘Celestia Zealantis’ is a street art installation by tape art pioneers, Struan Ashby & Erica Duthie (Tape Art NZ), who will transform a section of Ghuznee St into a playful star chart, throughout the weekend. Armed with drawing tape and a pocketful of stars, the artists will tape together a kiwi-centric night sky where twelve Wellingtonian poets were invited to inspire and name new, antipodean constellations. Festival goers will be invited to walk amidst this original antipodean star-scape and talk to the artists as they draw.
Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-balkan-folk-brass band like no other. Tracing their genesis back to the streets of Toronto, the original quartet of busking troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of like-minded musical souls; Lemon Bucket Orkestra.
With equal parts of exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience that range from the ecstatic to the cathartic. Each song is spiked with a unique blend of punk, funk, psychedelia and swing that give the group it’s one of a kind sound.
As at home in a back-alley speakeasy, as in an ornate concert hall, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra have stormed the international scene with their irresistible brass band mayhem.
Playing the sounds of Ethiopiques Jazz. Wellington’s finest playing some of the golden tunes of the great Ethiopiques era.
Inspired by the Ethiopian music legend, Mulatu Astatke and Afro-mystical grooves. The Khufu Ship was sealed at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BC; upon hallucination, it sails again carrying treasures woven in etheric silken sound tapestries.
Khufus Ethiopiques features renouned jazz maestro Lucien Johnson on sax and keys, Justin Firefly Clarke on guitar and wah, Michael Costeloe on trumpet, Myele Manzanza on drumkit, Ben Lemi Wood on various instruments and Ghanaian percussion master, Ato, on added rhythms.