What is CubaDupa?

CubaDupa is a high art street festival that transforms Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand with a myriad of dance, music, theatre, live street art, carnival, circus, and street food. The 2017 festival will run on Saturday 25th March from 12.00 noon to 12.00 midnight and Sunday 26th March from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm.

Will there be a parade?

Yes – lots!! But, there is no ‘main’ CubaDupa parade. The audience is invited to move around the precinct, through the lanes, alleys, and key zones to view and experience the whole beautiful spectacle. There will be parades happening throughout the festival with performers traveling through the audience. You can become one with the parade! Check out the PARADE tag on our programme page for a list of these

What food will be available?

Oh yeah! The Moore Wilson’s Street Food Festival is a key feature of our event – because hospitality is a very important part of what make Cuba Street so amazing. Over 60 local retailers with diverse flavours will open out onto the street with a variety of delicious takeaway options. The popular Wellington Night Market can also be found in its Lower Cuba St home on Saturday and Sunday too!

Can I set up a food/market stall?

All stallholders need to be registered with CubaDupa who have control over the site for the duration of the event in accordance with our resource consent. Priority has been given to local businesses to set up stalls outside their premises. Registrations for 2017 are open to businesses in the Cuba Quarter precinct only. Other stallholders should contact the Wellington Night Market to see if they have space available. Stallholders who have not registered with CubaDupa will not be permitted to operate and asked to leave. If you are a Cuba Quarter business and would like more information, please contact Gerry Paul on music@cubadupa.co.nz

How is CubaDupa going green?

Since our first CubaDupa in 2015, we have provided recycling stations throughout the festival zone. All participating businesses are strongly encouraged to use compostable packaging. In 2016 we had a bicycle valet zone to encourage cycling to the event. Acts have included the Junk Monsters, made from recycled materials and REACT who make props from recycled materials.

Will CubaDupa be child friendly?

Yes! Families are warmly welcomed to CubaDupa – children will be wowed by the colour, sights, and sounds. A special family friendly participation zone called the Urban Garden is focused in the Leeds St carpark where kids and adults alike can come to join in the workshops and interactive events. More FM also cater to the younger child in the Upper Cuba St area – look for the bouncy castle!

Is the event dog friendly?

We are expecting around 100,000 people over the festival weekend. Please consider your dog’s comfort in crowded spaces and noisy environments. If they are happy – we are happy to have them attend and dance with us.

Will there be a postponement date?

There is no postponement date so come prepared for the weather! In the event of poor weather we will move some of the outdoor acts to indoor venues.

How do I get to CubaDupa?

Try to leave your car at home and walk, cycle, or bus to the event. If you do need to drive, the following carpark buildings will be open:

Marion St – Wilson carpark (enter via Vivian St) currently closed for repairs

Victoria St & Vivian St- Wilson carpark (Saturday only)

Ghuznee St & Victoria St -Wilson Left Bank carpark (enter via Victoria St)

Victoria St – CarePark next to Warehouse Stationery

Dixon St & Victoria St – Wilson carpark

Taranaki St/Inglewood Place – Hope Gibbons carpark

Lombard St – Wilson carpark

Wakefield St – Prime Property carpark currently closed for repairs

Wakefield St – Michael Fowler Centre carpark

What accommodation is available nearby?

Wellington offers a range of accommodation options including backpackers, hostels, bed and breakfasts, airbnb, motels and five star hotels.

In the Cuba Quarter zone:

CQ Hotel – 223 Cuba St

Comfort Hotel – 213 Cuba St

The Setup on Dixon – 15 Dixon St

The Setup on Manners – 57 Manners St

Victoria Court Motor Lodge – 201 Victoria St

Southern Cross Apartments – 35 Abel Smith St


Museum QT Hotel – 90 Cable St

Mercure Hotel – 130 Victoria St

Willis Village – 142 Willis St

Trinity Hotel – 166 Willis St

West Plaza – 110 Wakefield St

Nomads – 118 Wakefield St

Amora Hotel – 170 Wakefield St

Lodge in the City – 152 Taranaki St

After dancing in the street all day you might like a hot bath and a comfortable bed… You’ll find all sorts of holiday accommodation listed on Bookabach.

How can our group get involved?

CubaDupa 2017 artist expressions of interest have now closed. There are things you may like to join in on the day (see our full directory for ‘Participate’ events). For future CubaDupa festivals, please sign up to our e-newsletter to get notification of when we are looking for expressions of interest.

Can I volunteer?

Yes, you can! CubaDupa is a massive undertaking and we need the help of a solid team of enthusiastic volunteers. To express interest in lending a hand over the CubaDupa weekend, please email volunteer@cubadupa.co.nz directly or register on the Volunter page.

What road closures can we expect?

Over the weekend, roads will become pedestrianised from Manners Street up to Karo Drive and between Taranaki and Victoria Streets (with the exception of Vivian Street). There will be no parking on the streets throughout the zone, which will be sign-posted from Friday 24th March.

Parked cars will be towed at the owner’s expense.

The following streets will all be closed:

  • Abel Smith Street
  • Cuba St (between Karo Drive and Wakefield Sts)
  • Dixon St (between Taranaki and Victoria Sts)
  • Garrett St
  • Ghuznee St (between Taranaki and Victoria Sts)
  • Marion St

There will be restricted access for businesses and residents only from 5am – 10am on both Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March. After 10am the roads will be completely closed to ensure the safety of people within the zone. Please move your cars out of the area before 10am if they are not undercover or if you wish to use them. Limited resident vehicle access will be available to Abel Smith St, Marion St (via Vivian St), Egmont St (via Ghuznee St), Furness Lane, and Christeson Lane for residents and businesses who have carparks there.

If you have an issue we may not be aware of, please contact miett@cubadupa.co.nz or call our office Tel: 04 831 0581.

Who is funding CubaDupa?

Wellington City Council via WREDA (Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency), along with the Wellington Regional Amenities Fund are the core funders of the festival providing approximately half of the budget. The remainder has been raised through the generous support of our fantastic sponsors and amazing funding agencies.

Who organises CubaDupa?

CubaDupa was started in 2015 and is run by the Creative Capital Arts Trust (CCAT). CCAT is a small not-for-profit arts organisation delivering two major city festivals in Wellington on an annual basis: New Zealand Fringe Festival and CubaDupa Street Arts Festival.

It is run by a small team of enthusiastic practitioners who are passionate about providing opportunities for everyone to experience and participate in the arts.
Our aim is to make “CubaDupa the most extraordinary, participatory and creative inner-city street arts festival in New Zealand, with a national and international profile.”

What facilities are available for disabled and elderly visitors?

CubaDupa is held on the city streets and with the roads closed to vehicles, public have all the room to roam at their leisure. All performances are held in flat open spaces. Some areas may become congested with crowds, so please ask volunteers for assistance if required.

The Ryman Gold Card Club is a new addition to CubaDupa in 2017, and offers a place for the third generation to sit, refresh and relax while watching performances at the Swan Dancehall, on Cuba St. Check the event map for location.

Wheelchair accessible toilets will be available at Te Aro Park and at the Swan Dancehall Ryman Goldcard Club.

Please email Gerry on music@cubadupa.co.nz if you require a disabled carpark pass to accompany your official one for parking close to the festival zone.