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MOORE WILSON’S STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

Treat your taste buds at the smorgasbord of flavours available in our Cuba Quarter restaurants, cafes and bars as it spills out onto the street to create world-class street food especially for CubaDupa. Over 100 gastronomic kitchen delights await you – including the Wellington Night Market in Lower Cuba St. 

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TWISTED DESIGNS BALLOON HEADDRESS WORKSHOP

Twisted Designs is an Australian based company of balloonoligist/airigami artists that are dedicated to entertainment and decoration using balloons only. We will twist your imagination, making things out of balloons that you would never have believed to be possible. Come join us in the Urban Playground in Leeds Street Carpark where we’ll be showing you how to make funky headdresses out of balloons.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

1:30pm – 2:30pm

4:00pm – 5:00pm

5:15pm – 6:00pm – Headdress parade Ghuznee Street to Dixon Street

SUNDAY 20 MARCH

2:30pm – 3:30pm

3:45pm – 4:00pm – Headdress parade Ghuznee Street to Swan Zone

Urban Playground

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TOUCH COMPASS: ROVING FRAME

From the company’s portable dance series Touch Compass dancers in collaboration with Wellington Integrated Dance bring you Roving Frame. This highly sculptural piece includes a series of solos, duets and trios that are performed within and around an ever-changing aluminium frame. Performers traverse between containment and freedom as they explore an evolving landscape set to a sound score by James Risbey.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

2:00pm – 2:30pm

SUNDAY 20 MARCH

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Outside CQ Hotel, 223 Cuba Street

Groove Roots feat. Sianna

GROVE ROOTS (NZ)

Grove Roots are based in Waiwhetu and represent local tangata whenua iwi Te Atiawa. The band generally play the festival scene. To best describe the band we are like a waka (canoe) – a vessel for singers and songwriters to jam on. 

SUNDAY 20 MARCH

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Upper Cuba Stage

Morena Dub

MŌRENADUB (BRASIL)

The MōrenaDub group came from the idea of unifying the Bossa Nova with Rap. At first, the musicians Pedro Coelho (singer and guitar), Leonardo Lima (DJ, bass and synthesizer) and Zé Leal (DJ and percussion), utilised the production of artists from the sixties and the seventies which, at that time, represented the Bossa Nova and the Tropicália; establishing a dialogue between them and the Rap and Hip Hop artists from the eighties and nineties. In the midst of it all, the essential roots for putting these distinct musical contexts together emerged: the Dub.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

2:35pm – 3:20pm

Upper Cuba Stage

Tunes of I

TUNES OF I (NZ)

Born out of the famed New Zealand School of Music in 2011, Tunes of I is an expansive neo-dub/roots/soul/psychedelia seven piece ensemble. Featuring a solid backbone of drums, bass, vocals and guitars, and complemented by arguably one of Wellington’s finest three piece horn sections, Tunes of I – or TOI as they are also known – is renowned around the country for their original, tight and refreshingly dynamic live performances.

SUNDAY 20 MARCH

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Glover Stage

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CUBADUPA HEADDRESS – FANCY DRESS

Join the excitement, colour and creative spirit of CubaDupa, by adding a costuming element to your day! CubaDupa Head Dressing encourages hats, headbands, wigs, make-up, art – we welcome YOU to get your heads together to plot a delightful adornment for your noggin!

Click the PARTICIPATE tab to see all the ways you and your family  can create something wonderful to wear on your head!

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HAVANA BAR AFTERPARTY: SÓ SAMBA

Só Samba is Wellington’s first roots samba band, playing the coolest little capital’s bar circuit since 2011. The group offers a high energy exposition of Brazilian culture, showcasing an authentic and vibrant experience of Rio de Janeiro’s traditional rodas de samba (samba circles). Consisting of Brazilians and Kiwis the band are always adding new material to their repertoire to keep the shows exciting and fresh for their fan base. Só Samba provides the people of Wellington the chance to dance up a storm – and is heading to Cuba Dupa to wreck havoc!

$5 entry fee

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

10:00pm – late

Havana Bar, 32 - 24 Wigan Street

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SAMBA DE SOL (NZ)

Samba de Sol are a community band made up of an eclectic group of Nelsonians with one thing in common: a love of the joy and fun inspired by Brazilian rhythms. Their hugely popular, energetic performances, with colourful costumes and a crew of dancers, are guaranteed to get any audience grooving!

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

5:25pm – 5:45pm – Glover Park

5:45pm – 6:20pm – Parading Glover Park to Te Aro Park

6:20pm – 7:00pm – Te Aro Park

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MORE FM FAMILY ZONE

See your Wellington More-by-fours at Trawlers Sea Market for their fun kids zone at CubaDupa! More FM will have a bouncy castle, popcorn and a dress up box for the family to enjoy. We will see you there!

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

12:00pm – 5:00pm

SUNDAY 20 MARCH

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Upper Cuba Zone

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WOSOSI CHOIR (NZ)

WOSOSI are a dynamic, a cappella choir who enjoy exploring the world’s rich singing traditions. We specialise in songs and chants from around the world, conveying each song’s intention and wairua – whether that is a quiet longing for your homeland, celebrating the joy of independence won, the despair of loved ones lost or the delicate beauty of a song of peace. Let us transport you through song to the Balkans, Europe, Africa, Russia, Asia, South America, the Pacific and many other places, then bring you home with waiata from our own beautiful Aotearoa.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

5:15pm – 5:45pm

Hannah Courtyard

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DUETADUPA: JAVA DANCE THEATRE

Hot from their national sell-out show The Wine Project. Java pull it in close and personal with two provocative duets in Duetadupa.  Enjoy the distinctive physical style of this company in an intimate setting. Company director Sacha Copland has created Boots and will dance in the work with Emma Coppersmith. Rookies Michael Gudgeon and Sarah Gatzonis make their choreographic debut with Fancy a Dress with Michael and Eliza Sanders dancing. Their vinyl includes: Opus one, Swing, swing, swing, Satin doll, In the mood,  John Williams & The Boston Pops.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

2:30pm – 3:30pm

6:00pm – 7:00pm

SUNDAY 20 MARCH

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Hannah Courtyard

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NZ POST SPEAKERS’ CORNER

Celebrating our political capital, CubaDupa and Barbarian Productions will host NZ Post Speakers’ Corner.  Come down to Dixon St during the festival to take part, be inspired and add your voice to the conversation on a range of topics! Presented by Barbarian Productions. Sponsored by NZ Post.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

1:00pm – 5:00pm

SUNDAY 20 MARCH

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Dixon Street, at Cafe Pasha

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FULL SWING WORKSHOP WITH DANCING AND DRINKING SOCIETY

Full Swing are a new vibrant studio in Cuba Mall who teach a wide range of swing era dances including: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Tap, Blues and Balboa. In this workshop they will teach an easily picked up version of one of these forms, then people can have a great boogie to the Dancing and Drinking Society – Wellington’s premiere Swing Blues Band.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

5:15pm – 6:00pm

Wellington Airport Swan Dancehall

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CAPITAL BLUES: SUPERHEATERS

50’s rhythm & blues, chicken skin music and anything that swings is how they define themselves. Featuring Wayne Mason on vocals and keys, this is where George Jones meets Howlin’ Wolf and nods to Little Feat and Big Joe Turner!

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

3.00pm – 3.45pm

Capital Blues: Roomfulla Blues, Hotel Bristol

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CAPITAL BLUES: CRYIN’ SHAME

A fresh take on some blues rock classics courtesy of Dougal Speir and the Mad Professor aka Electrolux Murray backed by a formidable rhythm section.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

6:45pm – 7:30pm

Capital Blues: Roomfulla Blues, Hotel Bristol

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BICYCLE LEISURE PARK

Leave your car at home, jump on your bike and come on down to the our Bicycle Leisure Park in Marion St. VIP valet parking for your bike while you enjoy the festival, cycle skills workshops, try out some bikes and the cycle powered cinema. Funded by Wellington City Council. Presented in association with the Cycle Aware Wellington, Pedal Ready and Bicycle Junction.

SATURDAY 19 MARCH

12:00pm – 12:00am

8:00pm – 11:00pm (Bicycle powered cinema movie)

SUNDAY 20 MARCH

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Marion Street Bicycle Leisure Park

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