With a riot of colour, music, and thrills, the biggest and most extravagant street party in New Zealand is back in Wellington
CubaDupa, the ultimate weekend of creative expression, is gearing up to take over Cuba Street. The surrounding laneways and sides streets will come alive with colour, music, art, theatre, dance, food, and stalls.
With a record 150,000+ estimated attendees in 2021, it is one of Aotearoa's largest arts festivals. It’ll be hard to decide what to do first, with interactive installations, circus, cabaret, roaming dance, and music ensembles all vying for attention.
“With over 28 stages and creative zones, there will be a multitude of worlds to choose from. Save the date!” says Producer of CubaDupa, Drew James.
Among the 100 acts revealed so far is acclaimed indie songwriter Anthonie Tonnon, modern soul magician Mara TK, Silver Scroll-winning band Lips, surf-psych-rock quartet Koizilla, and Sam Manzanza’s huge 15-piece Mass Cuba Street Afrobeat Band.
For those who want a dose of the theatrical, there’s a Bollywood-fusion parade presented by Shivam Dance Academy, stunts from aerial suspension carnival queen Lizzie Tollemache, and circus theatre from The Dust Palace.
One of the most anticipated acts is a commissioned piece by Riki Gooch, Te Hou Nui, which features over 100 musicians conducted via ‘smoke signals’ – a concept inspired by the Māori method of lighting a fire to claim land for the creation of Pa.
The full programme will be announced soon so keep your eyes peeled and ready the whānau for the best free weekend of the Wellington summer.