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Organisation key to CubaDupa success – including masonry

Mar 23rd, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Lead Story, News

Mayor Justin Lester being prepared for the festival by make-up artistry tutor Dany Pike at Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity, the new educational institute established by Weltec and Whitireia polytechnics in the heart of the Cuba precinct.

CubaDupa is an important date on the Wellington events calendar, and it’s on this weekend.

Artistic Director of CubaDupa, Drew James describes the event as ‘an arts festival on the street’.

But it’s also a lot of work.

“If only we could guarantee the weather,” he says.

Mr James and his team have been hard at work planning the event since the week after last year’s CubaDupa was held.

“It’s a big job finding acts, making sure concepts fit, sorting travel and permits.”

Permits include health and safety sign-offs, traffic control plans, action and emergency plans, security, first aid, rubbish collection, volunteers.

Wellington City Council’s resilience team has been tracking all buildings in Wellington with unsecured masonry and working with them to ensure they were doing what they needed to.

Jackie Hastie from the resilience team confirmed that none of the buildings in the Cuba Quarter are flagged as being of significant risk.

She says the Wellington City Council are aware people may be nervous about the masonry issue, so they made sure that buildings of concern on the CubaDupa route were being checked before the event.

Working in conjunction with Drew James and his team, all stages and events will be staged in areas with no known earthquake risks.

According to Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, it’s that level of dedication to planning that helps make CubaDupa such a success.

“CubaDupa showcases the best part of Wellington, the quirk, the artistic and creative nature of the people, audience, performance, organizers.

“It’s growing in status and stature every year. It’s brilliant.”

This year Mr Lester has decided to open the festival in costume.

Taking inspiration from Austrian singer Falco’s hit “Rock Me Amadeus,” the Mayor will be fully transformed courtesy of Te Auaha’s special effects and make-up artistry school.

The Wellington City Council, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency and Wellington Regional Amenities Fund are all major stakeholders in CubaDupa, which costs roughly $600,00 to stage every year.

“The WCC supports most large-scale events, and we won’t be pulling support from this,” Mayor Lester said when asked about possible funding cuts.

“CubaDupa provides so much for Wellington, for the people that live here, and the people it attracts especially for that weekend.”

A Marketview data report commissioned by council shows estimated expenditure at CubaDupa 2016 was $1.7 million.

But the agency’s partnership and events general manager Warrick Dent says the benefits are more than just economic, the event provides high social benefits to the Wellington region.

“This year there will be 1031 artists spread across 131 acts, ensuring there’s entertainment for all ages and tastes.

“It’s about bringing people together in a safe, fun environment so they can sample new tastes and sounds in the city’s iconic Cuba quarter.”

Mr Dent says feedback that the agency has seen from local business and residents is positive.

For programme details and a map, as well as an itinerary you can personalize visit cubadupa.co.nz

 

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