Wellington's epic street party: CubaDupa
A two-day party in celebration of Cuba Street, Wellington's best-loved and best-known street
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 party that takes over the length of Cuba Street, plus nearby parks and laneways. Restaurants, shops, bars and cafés 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.
CubaDupa 2020 is set to be the biggest and best yet with 12 stages programmed with 1,500 artists and performers from around the world, over 100 food stalls and special creative zones.
Played throughout the heart of Cuba Street, Cubasonic will be vast, epic, and monumental
John Psathas, Cubasonic conductor
Dress up like an alien
Big Nazo will invade from Rhode Island, with generous support from the Embassy of the United States of America, for their debut visit to New Zealand. The outlandish collective of visual artists, puppet performers and costumed musicians will bring their alien creatures to the streets and stages of CubaDupa. Closer to home, Alien Junk Monsters add their psychedelic recycled trash costumes – and a few new otherworldly offspring. And for the first time ever CubaDupa will play host to BodyPalooza, a new national body paint competition featuring over 30 artists and models painted as alien visitors.
Eat delicious street food
Cuba Street is home to some of Wellington's favourite eateries so it follows that CubaDupa would serve up some pretty good kai. For culinary disruptions that satisfy any appetite, the Moore Wilson’s Street Feast returns to CubaDupa, with over 100 food stalls and a diverse range of local vendors and culinary experiences.