Frequently Asked Questions

What weekend is CubaDupa?

23-24 March 2024.

Where is CubaDupa?

CubaDupa is held on Cuba Street and across its neighbouring streets, within Wellington CBD.

Festival Times

Saturday – 12pm to 12am
Sunday – 11am to 6pm

Is it family friendly?

Yes, CubaDupa prides itself on creating a family friendly event, geared at all ages and demographics.

Do I need ID?

If you’re 18+ and want to purchase alcohol from one of our licensed areas, yes.

What if it rains?

Whether there is sun, wind, sideways rain or all of the above, CubaDupa will go ahead unless the weather is deemed too dangerous and puts audiences at risk.

Can I bring alcohol?

No. The Cuba Precinct is a liquor ban zone, and regular rules apply. You can however purchase and consume alcohol at any of our designated outdoor licensed areas through the festival zone.

Can I bring food?

Absolutely. We’ll also be hosting our Street Feast, bringing the best eateries in the precinct to the streets.

Can I busk or hand out flyers/giveaways/samples?

No buskers sorry. CubaDupa is a curated festival and has performances, parades, and installations carefully programmed throughout the site. Therefore we can not facilitate buskers at the festival.

Flyering and sampling are not allowed and cause hazards. If you are a Cuba Street business that wants to be involved at the festival, please email [email protected] to register as a vendor.

What should I bring?

  • Valid Photo ID
  • Money
  • A fantastic attitude!
  • Your dancing shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Your own reusable bag
  • A groovy outfit
  • Earplugs (if you plan to be up front and center!)

What should I not bring?

  • Alcohol, it will be on sale across the festival in licensed zones
  • Illegal substances
  • Plastic – single use bags etc. We are on a mission to become a zero waste event
  • Air horns or noise makers
  • Flammables
  • Flyers, giveaways, samples, promotional items
  • Gang regalia
  • Explosives or weapons of any kind. This ban includes but is not limited to: guns, ammo, pocket knives, tasers, pepper spray/mace, etc. Off-duty law enforcement or concealed carry permits are also not allowed to bring weapons
  • Glass of any kind

Lost Property

There will be information kiosks across the festival. Please refer to our site map available online before the event or on the printed programmes at the event. These will hold those programmes, water, comms teams, merchandise… There will be radio comms at these kiosks, so if you’re at the wrong one, you’ll be directed to your lost belongings.

Lost Children

CubaDupa is a family friendly festival, but please take care of your loved ones, the streets will be bustling. Info Kiosks will be a safe haven for lost children. There will be radio comms at these kiosks, so they’ll be able to get in touch with staff across the whole site. We will have green wristbands available for children and pens at the info booths so you can write your phone number on their wristband in case they get lost.

NOTE: Be sure to create a strategy with your children in case of them getting lost in a crowd – create your own meeting place that they’re familiar with, or show them the info kiosks on your way through the streets, as a safe space to meet you.

Is CubaDupa accessible?

CubaDupa is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming experience for festival-goers with specific requirements or additional needs. In February 2024 we will have an audio & video map available on our website to help festival goers prepare and plan their weekend. For any other accessibility enquiries contact: [email protected]

Does CubaDupa provide accessible entry and toilets?

Yes we do. We will have a map published before the event on our website and on our Instagram (follow us – @cubadupa).

Parking Restrictions

  • Parking restrictions will be in place from 9pm Friday to 3am Monday within the Cuba precinct.
  • If you have a permanent car park within the precinct and will be significantly affected by the restrictions we will work with you to relocate your park to the outskirts of the festival site.
  • Contact: [email protected]

Food Vendors

If you are a business outside of the Cuba Precinct and you want to book a stall at the festival, these have now closed and we are no longer taking applications.

If you are a business within the Cuba St Precinct, please email [email protected].

Maps and Schedule

The schedule will go live on our website under ‘Schedule’ in the month prior to the festival. The PDF map and schedule will be available from Info Kiosks during the festival.

Artist Submissions

Submissions for the 2024 festival have now closed.

For artist involvement in 2025 please sign up for our newsletter and be the first to hear when EOI’s open in mid-2024.

What about Covid-19?

We are following the Ministry of Health guidelines and are keeping a close eye on the latest advice and will alert the public if anything changes.

CubaDupa advises those who feel unwell to stay home or seek medical attention, and will provide ample rubbish collection and a central first aid hub.