New Zealand’s most creative and diverse street festival.

CubaDupa celebrates the vibrancy and unique creative spirit of Te Whanganui-a-Tara against the backdrop of Wellington’s favourite street: Cuba Street. On the final weekend of summer, March 27th and 28th come witness the precinct pulsate with colourful characters and culture.

This free, family friendly event, boasts over 19 hours of programmed entertainment spanning the genres and creative expressions. CubaDupa stands for the extraordinary and we are proud to host the ultimate platform of transformation, discovery, innovation and extraordinary cultural experiences in the heart of the Creative Capital.

We invite you to reset your frequency and channel your inner wild side. Join the beautiful disruption at CubaDupa 2021.

Batucada parade with women in yellow costumes, and yellow and red headdresses
Big brass parage heading down upper Cuba Street from Laundry Bar underneath the big umbrella archway
Batucada group performing in lizard costumes on stage at night
Batucada dancer performing in a sunny street, with drummers in the background

A Creative playground blurring lines between audience & performer

With previous programmes including mobile street theatre, parades, family entertainment, installations, dance, and musical genres spanning opera, rock, Te Reo trash metal, brass, Balkan beats, indie and post punk. CubaDupa has cemented itself as a creative concrete playground that blurs the line between the audience and performer; offering inclusion, participation and artistic exploration for all.

Combining artists from the national and global stages, our focus is about enriching the community with artistic excellence and 2021 is set to be the most ambitious year yet! The soul of Cuba precinct will come to life with 20 stages and creative zones, delivering 470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa; as well as the annual and delicious Street Feast which includes over 100 food vendors and licensed areas in the completely pedestrianised Cuba Street Precinct.

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 fabulous New Zealand Fringe Festival.