Super Cuba Dupa not for party poopers

Super Cuba Dupa not for party poopers

Organisers are keen for Cuba Dupa be the most extraordinary outdoor festival in New Zealand and expect to attract 100,000 people. Photo: Supplied.

More than 1000 artists for 250 performances in 19 hours. In four years, Cuba Dupa has become one of the most important cultural events in Wellington.

It will run this weekend, on the Cuba Street from midday to midnight on Saturday and 11 am to 6pm on Sunday.

Artistic director Drew James hopes to attract more than 100,000 visitors in two days.

“Cuba Dupa is different every year and have acts for each tastes. We want to celebrate the street culture in all aspects: music, arts, food and dance,” he said.

Local artists will mix with international acts from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, United States, among others.

Cuba Dupa celebrates music, arts, food and dance this weekend. PHOTO: Supplied.

“Each country has their own street culture and they are so distinctive and rich from each other. We want to represent this, and it is very excited for us to have groups from all around the world with us,” James said.

For James, some of the highlights will be the opera, The Eagle has Landed, the act, The Drums of Fire Les Tambours de Feu, and Hoot!, in which seven renowned bands will play and parade in a big street carnival.

For this, he brought Lemon Bucket Orkestra from Canada, The Unusual Suspect from Australia and Free Agents Brass Band from the USA.

“They will play at the same time big brassy sounds including gypsy party punk, folk, Balkan, New Orleans Second Line, and funk. In the end, will have a big finale. This is something to not be missed.”

James  said it would be impossible to get bored. “Our goal everybody come along, dress-up, have fun and be extraordinary. That is our motto.”

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