Whakatau mai ki Te Upoko o te Ika. Nau mai haere mai ki Cuba Dupa.
Experience the official opening and winds of Taonga Puoro flowing thru the streets of Cuba.
Kai Wero with taiaha laying the challenge and clearing a space for the Karanga, a Calling for the people to Haka & come together in unity thru Rythym and beats, Music and Movement & artistic creations to shape & form Te Whakatau o Cuba Dupa.
A Grove Roots creation Featuring Nga Uri Taniwha, Whitireia Performing Arts, Taonga Puoro by Al Fraser, Arapeta Kamo & Shannon Mako, Wero by Piri Timu, Ben Ngaia & Matiu Tahi & Street band performances by Lemon Bucket Orchestra, The Free Agents & Unusual Suspects.
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
Bring the family earlier in the day for workshops held in in the Urban Garden by REACT where you can create your Junk Instruments, the workshop runs from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
Make your Carnival Costume at the workshop running from 2pm to 4pm
Make costumes and instruments to participate in the parade.
Capital E will run collaborative workshops 2pm-4pm where children and their families can make futuristic cardboard creations and cardboard creatures/head pieces/masks for the children’s D-I-Y parade
A Percussion workshop 1.30pm – 4.30pm will be lead by Andreas Leper of ex- Balkinistars, Andreas is the Parade leader and will lead the family through the streets dancing and marching to the beat of all the creations.
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.
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
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.
This Indonesian shadow play comes from the Indian epic Mahabharata. As the war between the royal cousins Pandawa and Korawa rages on, Prince Abimanyo is killed. Furious, Gathutkaca heads into battle, bidding his pregnant wife Pergiwa farewell. Tragically, Gathutkaca is slain by the magic arrow called Wijayan Danu.
By flickering lamp-light, master puppeteer, Joko Susilo joins with musicians Gamelan Padhang Moncar to present this exciting Hindu classic. In English and Javanese. Suitable for all ages.
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.
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.
From gongs to bamboo instruments, local Wellington musicians will perform a fascinating range of Indonesian instruments in a parade to lead you to the Shadow Theatre performance in the Hannah Courtyard.
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.
We’re not just here to clown around. Watch our circus students in training throughout the afternoon and marvel at their strength, poise and entertaining antics. located inTaurima 1, Taurima 2,Ground Floor, Te Auaha
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.
This is your chance to run away and join the circus – or at least impress your mates with a new skill. An open class with our award-winning Circus tutor for up to 15 participants, first come first served so arrive promptly!
Stage on Ground Floor, Te Auaha.
The Wellington School of Music’s Big Band, directed by Rodger Fox is comprised of the top jazz musicians in Wellington under the age of 25. Expect big noise and big movement, with an exciting swing component to this exciting performance.
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.
Le Dance join forces with the Wellington City Concert Band and choreographer Sacha Copland, to bring you an explosion of live music and dance. Hoedowns, body percussion, partnering and pure joy will lead you from the intersection of Ghuznee and Cuba through the secrets of Eva Street and beyond. It’s time for toes to tap, shoulders to shimmy and hips to swing.
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.
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.
Saturday.12.30pm-4.30pm continuous workshops
Find Capital E in the Urban Garden for facilitated collaborative workshops where children and their families can make futuristic cardboard creations and cardboard creatures/head pieces/masks for the children’s parade!
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.
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.
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.
A show like no other, where the world of fairytales and board games collide and the audience become the show.
With the pomp and ceremony of ridiculous rituals and eccentric dance, characters from an over-sized chessboard come to life. A bossy Queen, a stupid knight and a pawn with a touch of cunning, conduct an interactive, absurd and humorous game for all ages.
Commissioned by The Arts Centre Melbourne, The Curious Game has delighted audiences from New Zealand to South Korea, utilising Born in a Taxi’s signature performance style – incorporating physical theatre, ensemble dance, clowning and audience participation.