CubaDupa is as a vibrant street festival revering the epic creative spirit of Cuba Street and the Wellington community. Showcasing over 120 acts and over 250 performances on a summer weekend, it transforms Wellington’s most iconic street into a magical playground of delight, sound and taste.
CubaDupa strives to be the most extraordinary outdoor arts festival in New Zealand. It attracts over 100,000 people from all walks of life and around the country to ‘get on up’ during the day and ‘get on down’ in the evening. The line between performer and audience becomes blurred in this immersive experience as people dress-up, join in workshops, follow parades and dance in the city streets.
International acts mix with our world-class local talent to present a stunning free event. Restaurants spill into the streets to create a culinary cacophony; people flow through the pedestrianised roads and laneways, exploring the myriad of spaces filled with activity, music, dance, theatre and installation.
The festival zone stretches the length of Cuba Street from Karo Drive to Wakefield Street, between Victoria and Taranaki Streets. This is roughly divided into
Upper Cuba – Upper Cuba Stage and Toi Poneke Stage
Central Cuba – Wellington International Airport Swan Stage
Cuba Mall and Hannahs Courtyard
Lower Cuba – Wellington Night Market
Other key performance areas worth checking out:
Glover Stage – Glover Park between Ghuznee and Garret Sts
Garage Project Wild Workshop Stage – Marion Street
Urban Garden – corner Leeds and Ghuznee Sts
Hannah’s Courtyard – Eva and Leeds St
CubaDupa was founded in 2015, under the vision of Drew James, Artistic Director, the Creative Capital Arts Trust and the Wellington City Council. The event builds on the success generated by the popular Cuba Street Carnival which ran from 1998- 2009.
The Creative Capital Arts Trust is a charitable trust producing the annual NZ Fringe Festival and CubaDupa www.ccat.org.nz