Over 1500 artists are expected to perform at 2020 CubaDupa Festival in New Zealand. The country’s most vibrant and creative street festival is slated for 28th and 29th March in the hearth of Wellington City.

It’s stated on its website that the multi-arts programme will return to the streets with over 300 performances by 1500 artists. “Our iconoclastic Te Aro neighbourhood will be filled with sights and sounds, parades and drumbeats, street installations and public art. At the heart of it all, ready to transcend the ordinary, are over 1500 artists and performers from the region and around the world,” says Festival Director Gerry Paul.

Music is the very core of CubaDupa

No doubt, the festival will present a diverse free live music programmes that will showcase many genres. VNZMA winner, Troy Kingi brings his irresistible galactic funk, alongside rising Hip Hop star JessB. Contemporary Canadian folk group, The East Pointers will join the party with their high-energy take on the Celtic tradition. Brisbane band Bullhorn, 11-piece brass behemoth fronted by the extraordinary rapper Roman MC will be playing on both 28th and 29th March.

Brisbane band BULLHORN, 11 piece brass behemoth to play on both 28th and 29th March during the CubaDupa Festival in Wellington (Photo: @cubadupa)

Dancers at the 2018 CubaDupa Festival (Photo: Lisa Doyle)

Wellington Batucada Dance Group performing during CubaDupa Festival 2018 (Photo: @cubadupa)

Also, local groove masters, Dr Reknaw and emerging New Zealand rockers H4lf Cast are expected to add their flavours to the weekend’s celebration. The 2020 musical acts will be presented across twelve stages, including the brand new Radio Active Upper Cuba SoundSphere. Others are Wellington Airport Swan Lane, the Garage Project Wild Workshop stage, and a Glover Park zone designed in partnership with Massey University’s College of Creative Arts.

Tauranga Samba and Samba ao Vento at CubaDupa Festival 2018 (Photo: Silver Duck)

Other activities

CubaDupa is about one disruption after the other and offers opportunity for inclusion, participation and artistic exploration for all. Therefore, festivalgoers will be treated with delicious food at the annual Moore Wilson’s Street Feast. Over 100 food vendors will be positioned around Cuba Street Precinct.  Bodypalooza brings body painting competition, Sugarfoot Stomp and Breaking Beats to the Festival as well. Get in quick for your hotel bookings to attend this popular annual event for all ages. Head to cubadupa.co.nz for full artist announcement and more.

Body Palooza brings body painting competition to CubaDupa Festival 2020 (Photo: @cubadupa)

Background

Now in its sixth year, CubaDupa is the largest free multi-disciplinary outdoor arts and music festival in New Zealand. It is sponsored by local and international organisations and managed by Creative Capital Arts Trust. The free weekend festival is held annually in late March throughout the Te Aro neighbourhood known as the Cuba Street Precinct. The festival features musical stages and hundreds of live music performances, community parades and dancing in the streets.

Street dance during CubaDupa Festival (Photo: @cubadupa)

Other features include public art and creative installations, a dedicated food and culinary area with over 100 vendors. The entire urban festival site is usually transformed into a safe pedestrian zone. Festivalgoers participate in dance, music, street theatre, opera, circus, parades, visual arts, and workshops. CubaDupa Festival is a platform for people to experience New Zealand culture and artistic works.

Sources: cubadupa.co.nz, and Facebook@cubadupa.

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