Hello everyone! Welcome to CubaDupa 2023! It’s the first time since Covid that CubaDupa happens in Wellington and it’s the first time I’ve been able to attend. I also live in town so I felt like we were essentially IN Cuba Dupa. If you don’t know what CubaDupa is and what the heck I’m talking about… As the CubaDupa page says itself:
“New Zealand’s most creative and diverse free arts festival” It’s the biggest open festival in New Zealand and it happens in Wellington CBD so the city gets transformed into a beautiful festive arts party.
It’s was held Saturday and a Sunday 25-26 of March and a bunch of streets were closed for it so visitors and performers could roam around freely within the perimeter of the festival. Jono and I only went on the Sunday after going to the Harbourside market. We wandered around and catch a few performers.
My friends from Ollin Yoliztli performed along with Moringa dancers were one of the many performances throughout the whole two days of the event. To get through the list of performances you really had to dive deep and hustle but that only meant that everywhere you turned and everywhere you walked at any time there would be something amazing to look at.
One of the other performances we were able to catch was a very interesting one where the dancers would lead and take the public around through a few different streets. Immersing you to be part of the act.
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