These are the folks behind your favourite inner-city celebration.
Having experienced many Cubaupas in the past, she is thrilled to be a part of the team that pulls it all together.
management, event management, and festival direction. He was
the first Producer for WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) in
Auckland, Artistic Director for two 'Erupt Lake Taupo' Festivals,
and as the Artistic Director for Taranaki Arts Festival Trust, Drew
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 now returned as CCAT's Chief Executive.
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.