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Cubadupa 2021

Sat Mar 27th, 2021
Cuba Street,

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CubaDupa is back! Join the Beautiful Disruption this March the 27th and 28th at the most diverse and creative event on the calendar, where everyone comes together to reset their frequency and bring out their inner CubaDupa.

Music is at the very core of CubaDupa, and with a diverse free music programme across almost every genre, there’s something for everyone! Multi-award winning musician Troy Kingi will hit the stage with a high-energy ‘best of’ set, while NZ based US siblings Deva Mahal, Zoe Moon, and Imon Starr have combined their singing, playing and songwriting talents to form Blue-Reggae band, Black Pacific. Local indie legends Hans Pucket will perform their pure power-pop hits with a full horn section, and emerging local rockers H4LF CĀST will chug through their bangers; hot on the trail to release their debut album in 2021.

Alongside the 20 stages there’s an abundance of parades, street theatre, and art installations, so bring out your wild side and channel your inner CubaDupa! Experience CubaSonic, the mass musical interruption conceived by New Zealand’s leading composer, John Psathas. CubaSonic will have twelve conductors above the crowd, a custom sound system and over 300 musicians lining the street, including Orchestra Wellington, Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, The Nudge, Boat and nearly 100 Batucada drummers. The Mammoth circus tent is back again, with energetic performances and workshops by day, and saucy cabaret shows by night, and in the RadioActive Upper Cuba SoundSphere, join The Ping Pong Party People with their ultimate table tennis championship rave, or head to the Shabby Salon for a drop-dead gorgeous makeover and your own faux funeral.

Channel your inner CubaDupa, join the Beautiful Disruption, and experience CubaDupa 2021!

Check out the full list of first release artists on our website,, with more to be announced in the new year!

Just announced:

Troy Kingi
Richter City Rebels
There’s A Tuesday
Black Pacific
Hans Pucket
Orchestra Wellington
The Nudge
Boat featuring Chime Red
Wellington Batucada
The Ping Pong Party People
Cuba Chapel
C-26 Salsa Band
Imugi 이무기
Virtuoso Strings
Garden Friends | Conrad Coom
Moira Mackenzie | Fortune Teller
Rollicking Entertainment
BTD B*tches
Shut Up & Dance
Solid Gold Dance Crew
Street Trance | Footnote New Zealand Dance
Inside the Altar | Vicente Ernesto Ovalle
Shaky Ground Art Collective
Caribbeanz Southern Stars Steelband
Klezmer Rebs
Intergalactic Salon | Tape Art
Mulame | Lema Shamamba
Alien Junk Monsters

acoustic/solo, alternative, art/noise, blues, classical, country/folk, dj, edm, electronic, hip hop/rnb, jazz, metal, pop, punk/hardcore, reggae/dub, rock, soul/funk, world, Troy Kingi, Richter City Rebels, There’s A Tuesday, Black Pacific, Hans Pucket, H4LF CĀST, CubaSonic, Orchestra Wellington, The Nudge, Boat featuring Chime Red, Wellington Batucada, The Ping Pong Party People, Cuba Chapel, C-26 Salsa Band, Imugi 이무기, KITA, Virtuoso Strings, Garden Friends | Conrad Coom, Moira Mackenzie | Fortune Teller, Rollicking Entertainment, BTD B*tches, Shut Up & Dance, Solid Gold Dance Crew, Street Trance | Footnote New Zealand Dance , Inside the Altar | Vicente Ernesto Ovalle, Shaky Ground Art Collective, COLOSSAL Cabaret, Caribbeanz Southern Stars Steelband, Klezmer Rebs, Taikoza, Intergalactic Salon | Tape Art, Mulame | Lema Shamamba, Alien Junk Monsters

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