Frequently Asked Questions

What weekend is CubaDupa?

March 27th & 28th 2021

Where is CubaDupa?

CubaDupa is held in Cuba Street and cross streets, within the Wellington CBD.

Festival Times

Saturday March 27th – 12pm to 12am, Sunday March 28th – 11am to 6pm

Do I need a ticket?

No, 99.5% of CubaDupa is a free public event, making the arts accessible to all. This is only possible due to the immense support and funding from our Festival Partners.

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. Refrain from using your passport as ID, crowds are large and things inevitably get lost.

When do the gates open?

Because CubaDupa is held within the city streets, the site is always open. CubaDupa officially begins at 12pm on Saturday 27th & 11am Sunday 28th.

What if it rains?

Whether there is sun, wind, hail, sideways rain or all of the above, CubaDupa will go ahead. Embrace it.

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 throughout the festival zone.

Can I bring food?

Absolutely. We’ll also be hosting our Street Feast, stretching the length of the festival, bringing the best eateries in the precinct to the streets. In Lower Cuba St, The Wellington Night Market will be set up throughout the whole weekend, with a wide selection of non-precinct vendors.

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.

Flying and sampling are not allowed, and causes 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.


  1. Valid photo ID
  2. Money
  3. A good attitude
  4. Your dancing shoes
  5. Sun protection
  6. Your own reusable bag
  7. A fun outfit / costume

Don’t Bring

  1. Alcohol
  2. Illegal substances 
  3. Plastic – single use, bags etc. We are on a mission to become a zero waste event.
  4. Air horns or noise makers
  5. Flammables
  6. Flyers, giveaways, samples, promotional items 
  7. Gang regalia
  8. 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..
  9. Glass of any kind

Info Kiosks

There will be two information booths across the festival. Please refer to our site map available in early 2021. These will hold our programmes, water, comms teams, merchandise…first aid, globelet refunds and lost & found.

Lost Property

There will be information kiosks across the festival. Please refer to our site map available in early 2021. These will be hold our 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 – Please refer to our site map, available shortly. There will be radio comms at these kiosks, so they’ll be able to get in touch with staff across the whole site.

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?

Yes. CubaDupa is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming experience for festival-goers with specific requirements or additional needs. We have an audio & video map to help festival goers prepare and plan their weekend. You can watch this and find other resources at cubadupa/ For accessibility enquiries contact: [email protected]

Does CubaDupa provide accessible entry and toilets?

Yes! Please refer to the festival map button on our Venues page, which will be live in early 2021.

Parking Restrictions

  1. Parking restrictions will be in place from 9pm Friday 26th March to 3am Monday 29 March within the Cuba precinct.
  2. 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. 
  3. Contact: [email protected]

Food Vendors

  1. If you are a business outside of the Cuba Precinct and you want to book a stall at the festival, get in touch with The Wellington Night Market
  2. If you are a business within the Cuba St Precinct, please email [email protected]

Maps and Schedule

  1. These will be available via this website in the first weeks of March, under Timetable, Schedule and Map.
  2. Limited print programmes will be available at the festival from our Info Booths.

Artist Submissions

    1. Submissions for 2021 have now closed.
    2. For artist involvement in 2022 please sign up to our newsletter and be the first to hear when EOI’s open in mid 2021.

Road Closures

Closures are in place from 11.59pm Friday 26th March until 3am Monday 29th March.
This includes: Cuba St, Ghuznee St, Marion St, Abel Smith St, Kelvin Gr, Leeds St, Manners St, Dixon St, Eva St, Garrett St, Wigan St, Egmont St, Inglewood Pl, Kensington St, Swan Ln and Furness Ln.

NOTE: State Highway 1 runs through our site and will remain open throughout the festival, with a manned crossing.


CubaDupa Super Cool Zero Waste Activation

We’re working towards making CubaDupa a Zero Waste event and we need your help to make it happen. Here’s what we are up to


Compostable Packaging

All participating street food stalls will be serving in compostable packaging. This means that there will be less waste to landfill and your food scraps, plates and cutlery will be able to be made into really good compost – which is good for the planet, your gardens and our community. Please put your waste in the correct bin at one of the clearly marked bin stations. We will have helpful volunteers at the bin stations to ensure you know what to put where.


Plastic Bag Free CubaDupa

All our retails stores at CubaDupa are plastic bag free and will only be serving in reusable bags. Bring your own reusable bag to put all your CubaDupa goodies in or buy one of our special CubaDupa tote bags from one of our kiosks. 


Waste Stations

There will be around 25 bin stations located throughout the CubaDupa site. Each station will have 4 bins to put general waste, glass, plastics/cans and organics(including your compostable packaging) plus one of our amazing waste ambassadors to help make sure you’re putting the right waste in the right bin. All bin stations will be clearly marked with examples of the types of waste to go in what bin. If the waste ambassador is having a break, use your commonsense to work out what’s what and help keep our waste streams uncontaminated.

What about Covid-19?

We are following the Ministry of Health’s recommendation to not alter any arrangements for public events. We 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 on-site hand sanitation stations, ample rubbish collection, and a central first aid hub. 

The Ministry of Health advises practicing good hygiene. The following tips are taken from the MOH website: 

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.

The Ministry advise that the following people should not attend events:

  • Anyone who is unwell
  • Anyone arriving in New Zealand who has returned from, or transited through any countries or territories of concern. 
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.  These people are being asked to self-isolate.

Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.

We will also have QR codes posted around the festival site and encourage you to scan your movements across the festival weekend.