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Security risk drives Cuba Dupa indoors

In light of the tragic events in Christchurch, it is with great regret that we have made the difficult decision to change the delivery of CubaDupa to CubaDupa | OFF STREET

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We are moving as much of the entertainment to indoor venues as possible. As is the case with other cancelled and changed events around New Zealand, security resource constraints lead to this decision.

We ask everyone to bear with us over the next few days while we make alternative arrangements for Saturday and Sunday’s events, and to check CubaDupa’s social media channels for up-to-date information.

CubaDupa are moving as quickly as possible to arrange an alternative concert programme in venues within the Cuba Street precinct. Details of this programme will be released by Thursday morning on the CubaDupa website social media.

Drew James, Artistic Director of CubaDupa says “we have a large number of artists who have been preparing for this for a long time. Thanks to the city, WREDA and others we have managed to find venues for a lot of what was going to happen on the streets. We are going to put on a brilliant show and I hope the people of Wellington and the many visitors will turn out and enjoy the performances and show their solidarity.”

All the eateries, bars, shops and restaurants in the wider Cuba Precinct will be ready for a great weekend and the message to out-of-town visitors who have travel already booked is ‘come to Wellington – there will be plenty to see and do, eat and drink’.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says: “Cubadupa is one of the highlights of the Wellington calendar. I am looking forward to the off-street programme, which will still offer fantastic events for all those who want to experience Cubadupa.”

CEO of Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) Lance Walker also supports the decision. ““CubaDupa is an event that celebrates community spirit in a highly visible way, so it’s obviously disappointing this year’s festival has to be shifted indoors. We fully support the decision the Creative Capital Arts Trust has made and will continue to support them in delivering a great event, albeit a scaled back version.”

News from Cuba Dupa via Wellington.scoop