These are the folks behind your favourite inner-city celebration.

Festival Director

Gerry Paul

Festivals are his happy place and he has played music at over 500 festivals in over thirty countries.

Gerry has recently taken over as Festival Director of CubaDupa after four years working as the Music Programmer and running the Moore Wilson’s Street Feast. Festivals are his happy place and he has played music at over 500 festivals in over thirty countries with some of the biggest names in folk music. Gerry co-founded Coastella Music Festival and NZ Irish Fest as well as having programmed the music for many Wellington events including Beers at the Basin, Beervana, Wellington Wine & Food and Budburst. As well as being always on the hunt for acts that will bring magic to Cuba St, Gerry spends his spare time plucking a banjo or spearfishing around Wellington’s coast and is always looking for new ways to cook kai moana - his latest favourite being paua & wild pork sausages!
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Festival Coordinator

Bianca Bailey

Bianca joined the CubaDupa team in February as our Artist Liaison, thanks to the New Zealand Music Commission's Industry Internship programme, now she's sticking around as Festival Coordinator!

Bianca has got the communications on lock since she joined the CubaDupa team in February. In between studying international relations she’s spent the past few years helping with Auckland Folk Festival and more recently Eyegum Music Collective’s “Welcome To Nowhere”. When she’s not working with the coolest festivals or finishing up her arts degree you can catch her around Wellington either rocking the drums in local bands SOG and Lilith or sporting a guitar for her dinky riff rock alter ego Wiri Donna.
Volunteer and Accessibility Coordinator

Grace Morgan-Riddell

Grace would consider herself a jack of all trades with a background in performance, production management, technical installation and everything in between. Having experienced many CubaDupas in the past, she is thrilled to be a part of the team that pulls it all together.

Grace would consider herself a jack of all trades with a background in performance, production management, technical installation and everything in between. For the past decade she has been involved in a multitude of Wellington festivals such as LUX Light Festival, Performance Arcade, Fringe Festival and many more. Where creativity and logistics collide is where she can be found living her best life.

Having experienced many Cubaupas in the past, she is thrilled to be a part of the team that pulls it all together.

CCAT Chief Executive

Drew James

Drew was the founder and creative force behind CubaDupa street
arts festival in Wellington founded in 2015. His love of Cuba
Street, with its unique energy and creative spirit, inspired his vision
to create an interactive street arts festival that celebrates diversity,
creativity and street culture.

Drew’s career spans over 25 years in performing arts
management, event management, and festival direction. He was
the first Producer for WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) in
Auckland, was Artistic Director for two Erupt Lake Taupo Festivals,
and as the Artistic Director for Taranaki Arts Festival Trust,
programmed four WOMAD festivals, and three Taranaki
International Arts Festivals. Drew was the founding Executive
Producer for PANNZ Tour-Makers, New Zealand’s Performing Arts
Touring Agency 2015 – 2019.
Drew was the founder and creative force behind CubaDupa street
arts festival in Wellington founded in 2015. His love of Cuba
Street, with its unique energy and creative spirit, inspired his vision
to create an interactive street arts festival that celebrates diversity,
creativity and street culture. Drew was Artistic Director from 2015
– 2019 and has not returned as CCAT's Cheif Executive
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Social Media Coordinator

Ben Emerson

Ben is producer, graphic designer, part-time performer and arts marketing geek based in Wellington and... our social media superstar. Having joined the CubaDupa team this year, he's diving right into the street festival world.

Ben is producer, graphic designer, part-time performer and arts marketing geek based in Wellington.

Most recently he was the Digital and Social Media Producer for Tāwhiri: Festivals and Experiences on the 2019 Wellington Jazz Festival, Second Unit and the 2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts. Other roles include Marketing Manager for The Glitter Garden, Musical Theatre Tutor at Te Auaha: NZ Institute of Creativity, Digital Producer at TAHI Festival and the Creative Producer of WITCH Wellington Music Theatre.

Doing a little bit of everything and keeping busy in the world of festivals and events is Ben’s happy place and having joined the team here this year, he’s excited to dive head first into the colourful street festival world of CubaDupa.

Marketing Manager

Anna Fawcett

Anna is a seasoned, award winning strategic marketer, with a decade’s worth of experience in both strategic and tactical marketing communications roles across the globe.

Anna is a seasoned, award winning strategic marketer, with a decade’s worth of experience in both strategic and tactical marketing communications roles across the globe, in addition to an MSc in International Marketing. Anna specialises in tourism, entertainment, arts & festivals. Previous roles include Global Head of Marketing for Topdeck Travel, Global Brand Marketing Manager at VisitBritain and Media Relations Officer at Festivals Edinburgh where Anna managed international media at the Edinburgh Festivals for three seasons, working across Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals, supporting the joint strategic development of Edinburgh and its Festivals.
Site and Production Manager

Keely McCann

Keely is a freelance manager who has been working across the globe to make installations, theatre and festivals happen.

Keely is a freelance manager who has been working across the globe to make installations, theatre and festivals happen. She specialises in making unique events and innovative ideas a reality. Keely recently worked on the Prague Quadrennial, Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Street Events, LUX Light Festival, Porirua Waitangi Day and Capital E’s Makerfaire. Keely is thrilled to be taking on Operations for CubaDupa 2020!
Festival Intern

Joe Ogle

Joe has jumped on board as our new festival intern, helping us get things done across administration and festival marketing.

Joe has recently joined the CubaDupa team as an intern, as part of his Bachelor of Commercial Music degree at Massey University. At CubaDupa, Joe works on marketing and administrative tasks. Currently in the second year of his degree, Joe produces music under the name Jogle, making progressive house and drum & bass, as well as collaborating with vocalists to produce lush dance and R&B inspired pop.