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CubaDupa Festival Returns In March 2021 Ft. Troy Kingi, Hans Pucket + More

CubaDupa Festival Returns In March 2021 Ft. Troy Kingi, Hans Pucket + More

Chris Cudby / Monday 30th November, 2020 10:24AM

Summer starts tomorrow and we're absolutely fiending for some outdoor festival fun, so we're stoked to hear Wellington annual tradition CubaDupa is returning to brighten up the capital's central city streets with a vast variety of creative events, activities and delectable food / drinks options, happening over the weekend of March 27-28, 2021. Jam-packed with "19+ hours of curated entertainment across 20 stages and creative zones," the family friendly, free street festival will be celebrating Te Whanganui-a-Tara's unique creative spirit with "470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa".

Pulling out all the stops, CubaDupa's genre-spanning music programme features such crowd pleasing favourites as 2020 Taite Music Prize winer Troy Kingi, local guitar-pop champs Hans Pucket with full horn section, New Orleans brass band party starters Richter City Rebels, Christchurch indie rock / pop tunesmiths There’s a Tuesday, an all female fronted lineup on the ​Garage Project Wild Workshop Stage (​programmed by ​Gussie Larkin​ of ​Mermaidens​), the debut of the ​RadioActive​ ​Upper Cuba SoundSphere, the highly intriguing Ping Pong Party People​ (who'll be searching "for the King of Ping in an ultimate table tennis championship rave"), and lots more to enjoy and explore. Activating Cuba Street Precinct's bustling streets will be the hugely ambitious Cubasonic "mass musical interruption" spearheaded by Aotearoa composer ​John Psathas — involving "over 300 musicians lining the street, twelve conductors above the crowd, a custom-made overhead sound system. Psathas will be joined by ensembles including ​Orchestra Wellington​​, ​Royal New Zealand Air Force Band​, ​The Nudge​, ​Boat​ and nearly 100​ Batucada drummers."

Those aforementioned events are just the tip of the creatively diverse iceberg, with specially commissioned visual art installations, workshops, cabaret shows and mouthwatering ​Street Feast guaranteed to satisfy the senses — head over the the CubaDupa website for the full low-down and grip the details below. Festival Director Gerry Paul shared his excitement for the forthcoming extravaganza...

“After a tough year, ​Cuba Dupa 2021 will be just the tonic we all need. The streets will be alive with surprises around every corner and our most ambitious, most creative and most diverse programme ever. We will be there celebrating our community, our artists and the businesses that give Cuba Street and Wellington its unique character.”

CubaDupa
Saturday 27th March and Sunday 28th March 2021 - Cuba Street Precinct, Wellington (free)
20 stages and creative zones featuring 470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa

Head along to www.cubadupa.co.nz for the full programme


Press release:

Wellington’s Cuba Street Precinct is set to come alive as CubaDupa, New Zealand's most diverse and creative street festival, confirms plans for a full street festival on the weekend of March 27-28, 2021

Returning to the streets with its most ambitious programme ever; CubaDupa will offer 19+ hours of curated entertainment across 20 stages and creative zones, delivering 470 performances and 20 parades with over 1700 artists from all over Aotearoa.

A turnout of 100,000 friends, whanau and neighbours is expected, and CubaDupa wants all of NZ to reset their frequency, channel their inner CubaDupa and join the beautiful disruption in Wellington.

Festival Director Gerry Paul says ​“After a tough year, ​Cuba Dupa 2021 will be just the tonic we all need. The streets will be alive with surprises around every corner and our most ambitious, most creative and most diverse programme ever. We will be there celebrating our community, our artists and the businesses that give Cuba Street and Wellington its unique character.”

Music is the beating heart of CubaDupa, with a diverse free live music programme showcasing almost every genre and artists from all over Aotearoa. Multi-award winning musician ​Troy Kingi ​will hit the stage with a high-energy set. ​Richter City Rebels ​all-star 10-piece​ ​will ​bring the ultimate Mardi Gras party vibes ​blending ​RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk with the heart and soul of New Orleans brass band music.

Christchurch’s T​ here’s a Tuesday ​will explode onto the scene with their exciting female-fronted 4-piece indie rock/pop band. ​ NZ based US siblings ​Deva Mahal, Zoe Moon, ​and​ Imon Starr,​ combine their singing, playing and songwriting talents to form Blue-Reggae band ​Black Pacific.

Local Wellington legends ​Hans Pucket w​ ill 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.

Musicians, sound experiences, and immersive electronic wizardry become a cornerstone of the 2021 CubaDupa with the festival’s most ambitious project ever, ​Cubasonic​. The mass musical interruption—conceived by New Zealand’s leading composer ​John Psathas​—involves over 300 musicians lining the street, twelve conductors above the crowd, a custom-made overhead sound system. Psathas will be joined by ensembles including ​Orchestra Wellington​​, ​Royal New Zealand Air Force Band​, ​The Nudge​, ​Boat​ and nearly 100​ Batucada drummers.

The ​RadioActive​ ​Upper Cuba SoundSphere​ debuts in 2021. Experience an abundance of dance music, street theatre and art activations taking place in Abel Smith and Upper Cuba Street. Join ​The Ping Pong Party People​ on their search for the King of Ping in an ultimate table tennis championship rave. Head over to ​Shabby Salon​ for a drop-dead gorgeous makeover and attend your own faux funeral. If that’s a little gloomy for you, get married at the Cuba Chapel instead. Feast your eyes on the newly commissioned visual art installation at the ​Wellington Airport Swan Stage by female art cohort which consists of local artists ​Miriama Grace-Smith, Xoë Hall ​and​ Gina Kiel. ​Also new for 2021 is an all female fronted line-up on the ​Garage Project Wild Workshop Stage, ​programmed by ​Gussie Larkin​ of ​Mermaidens​.

Returning for 2021 is the ​The Mammoth​ circus tent on Ghuznee Street where you’ll find energetic performances and workshops by day, and saucy cabaret shows by night. The ​Street Feast ​also returns to CubaDupa, with over 100 food stalls and a diverse and tantalizing range of local vendors and culinary experiences. The 2021 festival will take place on 27 and 28 March, 2021 throughout the Cuba Street Precinct in Wellington. For full details visit ​www.cubadupa.co.nz​.

Links
cubadupa.co.nz
facebook.com/cubadupa/
instagram.com/cubadupa/
twitter.com/cubadupa

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Cubadupa 2021
Sat 27th Mar
Cuba Street, Wellington