New Zealand’s largest immersive outdoor arts festival, CubaDupa, returns in 2018 with more international performances than ever before along with our stunning local line-up, for its two-day extravaganza of music, dance, theatre and visual arts.
Wellington’s iconic Cuba Quarter will come to life on March 24 and 25, 2018 when lines become blurred between audience and performer during the free street festival that will fill the capital with a vibrant atmosphere and display of human creativity.
Artistic Director, Drew James, says CubaDupa is uniquely Wellington and fast-becoming one of the most extraordinary events in New Zealand.
“The CubaDupa experience invades your senses: sight and sound, aroma and taste. You become immersed in a journey through Cuba Street, side-streets, back alleyways, and courtyards, where you will discover everything from opera to parades, music and visual installations.
“It has become a celebration of the street, reaching out to artists from Wellington, around New Zealand and internationally that contribute to the two-day explosion of creative spirit.
“The blurring of the line between audience, performer, stage and street, is even more evident for 2018, with a call-out for everyone to dress in extravagant costume, and dance with some of the world’s greatest street bands.”
New Orleans’ legends Free Agents Brass Band are among the highlights for the 2018 programme bringing with them their surprising mix of traditional New Orleans jazz alongside old school R&B, hip hop, gospel, reggae and afro beat. Coming all the way from Toronto is Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a Canadian band of mismatched guerrilla-folk party-punks. Representing the UK is energetic folk duo Old Time Rags who promise loud horns, kazoos, banjos and even a broom dance.
Spanish masters of costume, Les Tambours de Feu (Drums of Fire) will be putting on a spectacular show with drums, pyrotechnics and special effects. Melbourne performers Born in a Taxi will get the audience to partake in their street theatre performance, Curious Game, while New Zealand Opera will fill the Cuba Quarter with a street opera performance of The Eagle Has Landed. New Zealand’s very own Tape Art pioneers will be creating live street art and other Kiwi performers include the jazz afro-beats of Khufus Ethiopiques and hip hop big band RAW Collective.
Children will be encouraged to be free and express themselves at the family entertainment zone, Urban Garden. Create carnival costumes and junk instruments before joining the DIY street parade. At night the garden blooms will be lit up and video mapped for special evening soirees for all ages.
Attendees can take a world food tour without leaving the Cuba Quarter as they sample street eats from the myriad of multicultural eateries along Cuba Street, as part of the Moore Wilson’s Street Food Festival.
“Logan Brown is set to once again team up with the Cuba Street Fruit Mart, dishing out their famous paua fritters, while the team at El Matador will be serving their mouth watering assador spit-roasted lamb in true Argentinean style,” James says.
Craft beer and cocktails will be on hand as Laundry, Southern Cross Carnival Bar, Fidel’s, Rogue & Vagabond and other well-known watering holes spill out onto the streets into outdoor licensed areas.
The festival is run by a small dedicated team at the Creative Capital Arts Trust, supported by WREDA, Wellington Regional Amenities Fund, Wellington Community Trust and a number of other local sponsors including The Wellington Company, Te Auaha, Wellington International Airport, Mediaworks and Cato Brand Partners.
For more information, contact:
Clare Cummings, email@example.com, 04 801 9484