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CubaDupa calling for “wildly creative ideas” for 2022.

CubaDupa has opened artist applications for CubaDupa 2022 and are looking for your wildly creative ideas. Aotearoa’s most creative and diverse festival is inviting bands, dance troupes, visual artis



Matariki hunga nui, Matariki ahunga nui, Matariki tāpuapua, Matariki Haukunui, Matariki tohu mate, Matariki takoha nui, Matariki te whetū o te tau! Mānawatia ā Matariki.


With Matariki marking a time to come together, reflect on the past and prepare for the future, CubaDupa have opened artist applications and expressions of interest for the 2022 festival, which will be held on the 26th & 27th March.


CubaDupa returned to the streets earlier this year, presenting their largest programme yet, including 500 performances by 1850 artists across 50 stages and creative zones. With over 150, 000 attending the two day festival, international media touted CubaDupa as being the largest post Covid event in the world and the festival received extraordinary reviews.


Festival Director Gerry Paul says “Artist applications are our second favourite time of year, only trumped by CubaDupa weekend itself! We cannot wait to see all of the wildly creative ideas rolling in and discovering plenty of great new music!”


CubaDupa’s vision is to be the most creative and diverse festival in Aotearoa, and the 2021 line-up was a testament to that with hundreds of musical genres presented on stages and the street, parades, street performances, dance, installations, circus, cabaret and the line between audience and performer blurred as attendees dressed up and joined the fun. 


For CubaDupa 2022, the multidisciplinary festival is inviting bands, dance troupes, visual artists, circus acts and performance artists to apply and are particularly looking for street performers and large scale projects involving artist and audience participation. 


“Mass participation is an area we have been developing at the festival over the past six years” says Drew James, CubaDupa founder and Creative Capital Arts Trust Chief Executive, “with projects like the Mass Cuba St Orchestra, Battle of the Bones (76 trombonists), Battle of the Saxes (56 Saxophonists), Blowing your Own Trumpet (54 Trumpeters) and then CubaSonic - which involved 251 musicians the length of Cuba st. We are looking for big vision ideas that create a mass shared experience for tens of thousands”.


The 2021 festival saw the addition of a dedicated Kaupapa Māori zone and programme on which 30 acts performed 46 shows with 64.4% of the content on stage Reo Māori focused. Ngā Toi Māori Director Noel Woods says “this kaupapa is only going to get stronger and the festival is actively looking for acts that have toi Māori, te Reo Māori and kaupapa Māori content”. 


Applications are open now and will close on the 15th of August 2021. All applications will be reviewed and applicants will hear back from the programming team by the end of September.



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Creative Capital Arts Trust

16 Jul 2021

The Creative Capital Arts Trust is a small not-for-profit arts organisation delivering two major city festivals in Wellington on an annual basis. New Zealand Fringe Festival and CubaDupa street arts festival in Wellington.