Something a little more real time… this weekend is the CubaDupa street festival in Wellington, centered around (and inspired by) the lively and diverse Cuba Street. The festival debuted last year to replace the Cuba Street Carnival which had been absent for a few years due to lack of funding. We popped along for a couple of hours yesterday to join the rest of Wellington in soaking up the occasion.
If you don’t know Wellington, Cuba Street lies in the heart of the central city and is a blend of shops and cafes/bars. Named after an early settlers’ ship, Cuba St’s uniqueness and charm for me is made by the heritage buildings which feature along its almost 1km length. It has an eclectic, creative vibe and is the perfect place to base a festival.
These events always remind me how much I enjoy the large samba percussion groups. We’ll have to plan better to see more of that next year.