Join Wellington's most colourful street festival at CubaDupa

A two-day celebration of Cuba Street, Wellington's best-loved and best-known street and Aotearoa's most creative and diverse festival

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Where

Cuba Precinct

Location

Cuba Street
Te Aro

Details

Every March

Every March, just as summer is hitting its stride, all of Wellington comes out to celebrate the city's most vibrant and most creative, best-loved and best-dressed part of town.

The celebration takes the form of an epic street festival that takes over the length of Cuba Street, plus nearby parks and laneways. Restaurants, shops, bars and café's all get amongst the festivities as art, music, performance and magic takes over the streets and footpaths. Cars are out, and dancing feet are in. Festival-goers are encouraged to dress up - wear a costume, paint your face or put on your most colourful outfit and channel your own inner CubaDupa spirit.

CubaDupa chapel

CubaDupa celebrates Wellington's exotic, loud, proud and creative culture.

The Dominion Post

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CubaDupa 2021: third time's a charm

After the disappointment of two cancelled CubaDupa festivals in 2019 and 2020, CubaDupa was back in full force for 2021, filling Cuba Precinct with people, colour, music and a sense of pure joy that Wellington was the only place in the world where such a street festival was taking place.

New for 2021 was the Wellington Airport Ngā Taniwha Stage, designed by Wellington wāhine toa artists; Miriama Grace-Smith, Xoe Hall and Gina Kiel. The design featured taniwha Ngake and Whātaitai, with people woven throughout the taniwha representing the first iwi Ngāi Tara that Te-Whanganui-a-Tara is named after, their descendants, and people who live in the area today.

Another first for 2021 was Ngā Toi o Te Aro stage in Te Aro Park which showcased Māori artists, te reo and Tikanga Māori. There were 32 acts and 18 hours of programming throughout CubaDupa weekend with the majority of performances in te reo Māori.

Add to the mix karaoke poetry, a circus, the world premiere of CubaSonic and the Cuba Chapel where you could get married (for real or not) and fake your own funeral. We can't wait to see what CubaDupa 2022 will have in store for us.

Relive the magic with images captured at CubaDupa 2021

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