Frequently Asked Questions

What weekend is CubaDupa?

March 25th & 26th 2023

Where is CubaDupa?

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

Festival Times

Saturday March 25th – 12pm to 12am
Sunday March 26th – 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. We might also require forms of ID to verify against your NZ vaccination pass too.

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.

Flying 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?

  • NZ Vaccine Certificate
  • Valid Photo ID
  • Money
  • A fantastic attitude!
  • Your dancing shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Your own reusable bag
  • A groovy outfit

What should I not bring?

  • Alcohol, it will be on sale across the festival.
  • 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 in early 2022. These will 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. It is recommended you write your phone number on your child’s arm to guarantee a quick reunion.

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 2022.

Parking Restrictions

  • Parking restrictions will be in place from 9pm Friday 24th March to 3am Monday 27th March 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, get in touch with The Wellington Night Market: [email protected]

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

Maps and Schedule

These will be available via this website in the first weeks of March 2022, under Timetable, Schedule, and Map.

Artist Submissions

Submissions for 2022 have now closed.

For artist involvement in 2023 please sign up for our newsletter and be the first to hear when EOI’s open in mid-2022.

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 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.

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.