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8 Mar 2019
The coolest festival on Wellington’s coolest street, CubaDupa will once again explode onto the capital’s streets this month, with its unique mashup of art, dance, music, performance, theatre and food.
With more than 250 performances crammed into two days, there’s a fair bit to get your head around, so here’s a handy guide to help you navigate the sights, sounds and tastes of this wild and wonderful festival.
A is for Alien Weaponry
With some of Europe’s biggest music festivals tucked under their belts, Kiwi thrash metal trio Alien Weaponry are now set to shake up the scene at CubaDupa with their unique sound. Lucky festival goers will have the chance to rock out to Alien Weaponry’s blend of metal mixed with te reo Māori, right here in the capital, for free.
B is for Beers
All the action and excitement is sure to make you thirsty, so take some time out for a cold brew or two. Outdoor bars will be dotted around the Cuba precinct, serving beers from local faves including Black Dog Brew Co and Fortune Favours. Official beer partner Parrotdog will be showcasing their special festival release, Parrotdog X CubaDupa Pacific Ale.
C is for Celebration
Bringing together thousands of people from Wellington and afar, CubaDupa is the ultimate celebration of arts, culture and community. Embrace the weird, immerse yourself in the wonderful, and enjoy the wild ride that is CubaDupa.
D is for DJs
Find your funk at Rough Peel Records, Suite Gallery and Laundry where a fresh lineup of DJs will be spinning decks from day to night. These beat-masters are guaranteed to have you cutting shapes in the streets. Don’t forget your dancing shoes.
E is for Electric Fields
Enjoy the electric-soul music of this award-winning Aboriginal Australian duo who have been wowing Australian audiences in their recent battle to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest.
F is for Free
They say the best things in life are free, which must be true because CubaDupa is absolutely positively free! Thanks to generous support and funding from Festival Partners, you’ll be treated to a whole weekend of fun and entertainment that won’t put a dent in your wallet.
G is for Garage Project Wild Workshop Stage
Featuring an exciting lineup of up-and-coming musos, a bar full of your fave GP brews, and bites by Mr Go’s, the Wild Workshop on Marion Street promises to be one of the festival’s hottest haunts.
H is for Hunters and Collectors
This iconic Cuba Street retailer will once again be holding their very special, once a year, yard sale. Pick up some new or used vintage threads or score yourself some designer bargains. This sale is worth hunting out.
I is for Interactive
Live out your James Bond fantasy with This Text Will Self-Destruct, an interactive spy game by Binge Culture. Sign up on your phone, await instructions and carry out a secret mission amongst the CubaDupa frenzy.
J is for Juggling
Prepare to oooh and aaah when the Biggest Little Circus perform their high-energy circus hijinx. Gasp at their aerial acrobatics and applaud their world-class juggling. Spot the leopard print leotards and you’ll know you’re in the right place.
K is for Kiwis
Alongside top notch international acts, CubaDupa is packed with homegrown talent too. Groove along to summer festival favourites The Phoenix Foundation, have a giggle at the skits of the Maori Sidesteps, or be entranced by the swirling sounds and hypnotic beats of the audio-visual extravaganza that is Kuki Koori.
L is for Logan Brown
Cuba Street stalwarts Logan Brown will be bringing ‘Paua to the People’, slinging their delicious paua butties to the masses, right outside their own restaurant for the first time.
M is for Moore Wilson's Street Feast
N is for Night Market
Make sure you leave some room and mosey down to lower Cuba Street to savour the tastes of the Wellington Night Market which will be running throughout the whole weekend.
O is for Opera
In what is quite possibly the most ‘Wellington’ performance of the whole festival, New Zealand Opera will serve up Coffee Cantata, a frothy blend of street opera and coffee that will percolate between Te Aro Park and Hannah’s Courtyard. It’s sure to pack a punch.
P is for Public Transport
Spare yourself the road rage by leaving the car at home and bus, train, walk or Onzo your way to the festival instead. The whole festival precinct will be pedestrianised, with road closures and parking restrictions.
Q is for Quintessentially Cuba
CubaDupa is about celebrating the spirit of Wellington's best-loved and best-known street - the people, the places and the unique creativity with an anything goes and everyone is welcome attitude.
R is for Roaming Acts
Keep your eyes and ears out for a colourful lineup of roving performers, who will get the fiesta started. Listen out for the big, bold and brassy sounds of Cha Wa, the sassy Samba beats of Bay Batacuda and the infectious genre-hopping tunes of Hot Potato Band.
S is for Sunday
Keen for a more relaxed CubaDupa experience? Saunter in on Sunday, for the final day of the festival which runs from 11am - 6pm. Enjoy the chilled out vibe and smaller crowds - meaning you’ll have more space to move and groove.
T is for Touch Compass
Be mesmerised by the playful and intriguing tango of Drift, a stunning duet presented by Touch Compass, New Zealand’s only professional inclusive company.
U is for Umbrella
Since when did a little rain stop Wellingtonians from having a grand ole time? Even if it threatens to rain on the parade, the CubaDupa show will go on, so pack an umbrella and you’ll be good to go.
V is for Vegan Eats
Munch on moreish plant-based eats from hamburger heroes Lord of the Fries, tuck into vegan sweet treats at Midnight Espresso or visit the V1 Vegan Store, where you can grab wholesome snacks, with profits going to the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary.
W is for Whanau-friendly Weekend
Bring the kids or the olds! CubaDupa prides itself on being an accessible festival, catering to all ages and demographics and there’s plenty on offer for the whole fam.
X is for X-ing
CubaDupa is the perfect chance to pay a visit to the very grammable and very fabulous rainbow crossing on Cuba Street.
Y is for You
Embrace the CubaDupa spirit of participation and be part of the festival. Dance, sing, dress up - do whatever! Make it yours.
Z is for Zero Waste
Help CubaDupa be a zero waste festival. Bring your own reusable shopping bags and grab yourself a Globelet reusable cup for $2, which you can keep and reuse throughout the festival. Cheers to that.
A two-day street party in celebration of Wellington's best-loved and best-known street.
Haritina Mogoșanu got hooked on space when she was six. Now her job is to get us hooked, too.