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CubaDupa is nurtured under the umbrella of Wellington’s Creative Capital Arts Trust, a non-profit organisation looking out for the arts and artists alike, also housing the New Zealand Fringe Festival.

Creative Capital Arts Trust offers careers that span the entire arts festival ecosystem, from artist liaison, marketing, operations, production to administration.

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Creative Capital Arts Trust (CCAT) is looking for its next Festival Director for CubaDupa 2025. We are in search of a passionate arts leader who has an exceptional ability for creating unforgettable experiences.

CCAT is the umbrella organisation for NZ Fringe, Classical on Cuba and CubaDupa. We support artists at multiple stages of their careers—not only through our festival events but also through funding opportunities, mentorship and guidance. CCAT has been producing CubaDupa since 2015 and we are excited to find a leader who is just as passionate to deliver an extraordinary event in Wellington and understands the challenges our sector is up against.

CubaDupa is a free, family-friendly festival that takes place at the end of March every year. It features two days of programmed arts entertainment, spanning music, visual art, parades, dance, body paint, food, experiences… you name it! CubaDupa stands for the extraordinary, and here at Creative Capital Arts Trust we are proud to host the ultimate platform of discovery, innovation and cultural experiences in the heart of Wellington.

The CubaDupa Festival Director is responsible for leading the strategy and artistic vision of CubaDupa 2025. They value artistic innovation and strive for excellence while managing risk and collaborating with a diverse group of people. They will have excellent personnel management and organisational skills, alongside robust connections within local communities and strong relationships with business partners and sponsors. They will understand the financial viability and impact of our events and clearly communicate that to partners. Alongside precise and thorough implementation, the Festival Director is expected to have experience in delivering high quality events with a collaborative spirit and values-based approach required to meet the needs of key stakeholders, team members, and artists.

Role Highlights

  • Leading a creative and passionate team to develop an iconic Wellington Event
  • Collaborate with businesses, sponsors and partners to activate the Cuba Precinct
  • Working closely with an innovative organisation, Chief Executive and Board.

What You’ll Do

  • Strategic Planning: Collaborate with our Chief Executive, Senior Management team and Board to build a strong vision for the festival that meets our strategic objectives.
  • Create Meaningful Partnerships: Collaborate with established funders, sponsors, businesses, and partners to increase the impact of the festival. Your talent for relationship-building will support our community to participate in the festival.
  • Collaborate for Impact: Create a collaborative environment for artists, practitioners, businesses and our team to build a world-class street festival. You will be experienced in working with a wide range of stakeholders and supporting the festival from logistics to arts management.
  • Curate Exceptional Programming: Work closely with our programming team to craft a cohesive festival experience. Review artistic expressions of interest and develop a diverse programme that represents our community and audience.

Ideal Candidate

The CubaDupa Director will be a creative leader who is detail-oriented and possess excellent communication skills. They must be able to multitask, delegate, and meet tight deadlines while holding the big picture plan of the festival. They must support the artistic programme and the operations team to work together. The CubaDupa Director will be an expert in collaboration while managing a high-performance team to present the exceptional. They will have an understanding of event organisation, festival logistics and health and safety.

The CubaDupa Festival Director will be on a fixed term contract to deliver the 2025 festival with the potential to extend.

If you have questions or would like to see a Job description, please contact our Chief Executive Kim Bailey at [email protected].

Submit your CV and a cover letter by the 30th of June to [email protected]. Suitable candidates may be contacted prior to the deadline.