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
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.
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.
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.
Five hilarious performers take you on a crazy Odyssey through Cuba St. They’ll flirt with you, and everyone else they meet, as they tell the story of Odysseus: Shipwrecked in the Wellington harbour and travelling through CubaDupa trying to get home. The show is fast and furious: hilarious chaos that explodes into the streets…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Aker, the devil of the witches’ coven is wandering the streets. He and his retinue of percussionists travel through villages and towns. The rhythm of drums and fireworks bounce off the walls. Multi-coloured sparks, combined with loud and perfectly synchronised instruments make for an awe inspiring show. The percussions answer to the fire, such pagan rituals came from ancient times. The drums vibrate, streets are illuminated and the devil passes. This show combines the virtuous finesse of music, pyrotechnics and special effects, all while performing throughout an urban route.
Drawing influence from sideshow,music hall and vaudeville this exciting duo will charm and entertain you with their percussive dance, one man band, dueling banjos and twirling brooms as they take you back to an era where live entertainment was king.
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.