Chief Executive CCAT

Meet Gus Sharp

Gus has no artistic talent at all. Gus’ life is drab and dreary except for the CubaDupa weekend. Gus helps find the money and helps us do what we do. Gus has a history in music promotion and hospitality and used to be a lawyer in a previous life.

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With a small and dedicated team, you can accomplish mighty things. These are the folks behind your favourite inner-city celebration.

Artistic Director

Meet Drew James

Drew has extensive experience in the direction and delivery of large events. Drew has been the Artistic Director of ERUPT Lake Taupo Festival, Taranaki International Arts Festival, and WOMAD NZ. He is also the Senior Producer of Tour-Makers, New Zealand’s national performing arts touring agency.

Festival Manager

Meet Amanda Wright

Amanda likes to party and therefore knows how to throw a great party. She’s pretty stoked to be part of CubaDupa 2019 – NZ’s greatest street party, although she will probably be a bit too busy to party being the glue that holds the event together. Amanda has 20 years of creative event credentials including founding and directing Splore for 16 years.

Music Producer

Meet Gerry Paul

Gerry is a Dublin born, proud Lower Hutt lad. He took up the banjo, but when the dragon boating teams in the Fran Kitt’s Lagoon started rowing backwards, he started programming festivals. Gerry programmes the music for many great Wellington events including CubaDupa, Coastella, Beervana, Beers at the Basin, Wellington Wine & Food, Budburst and NZ Irish Fest, and loves making things happen!

Production and Operations Manager

Meet Tim Nuttall

When it comes to rubbish bins and port-a-loos Tim Nuttall is your guy. Coming on this year to CubaDupa as the Production and Operations Manager, Tim is the go to person for all health and safety, traffic management and cone placement needs. Delivering the ‘Nuts & Bolts’ of some of New Zealand (and the worlds) most high profile and best loved events, Tim has recently worked on the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, ‘Pleasuredome’ the Musical, ICC Cricket World Cup and FIFA U20 World Cup Fanzones and the HSBC Seven Days of Sevens Festival.

Marketing Manager

Meet Charlotte Wooster

Charlotte is the master of multitasking in the CCAT office, managing all things marketing for CubaDupa two years running, she has too been adopted into the NZ Fringe family to coordinate their creative shenanigans for 2019. A mother of a little tot and tying the CCAT families together, Charlotte is also an illustrator in her spare time….not that she gets much of that.