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Cuba Street Carnival


Sat 21 Feb 2009, 11:00am–6:00am

Where: Cuba Street and Wellington City, Wellington, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Cuba Street Carnival is coming on 21 February 2009, and this year is the 10th Anniversary so it's extra special. All through the day and night Cuba Street and Courtenay Place will be alive with a huge range of music, street performers, artisan markets, fairgrounds, international food, art installations, and many other sights and sounds.

The 2009 Cuba St Carnival will definitely live up to its reputation as New Zealand's largest FREE music festival with over 80 live bands and DJs booked to play on over ten stages around Cuba Street, from 11.00am Saturday 21 February to 1.00am Sunday 22 February.

The event's highlight is the spectacular Meridian Illuminated Night Parade (9.00pm), featuring many creative flats, thousands of performers, and lots of sparkling, flamboyant, surprising and fantastic sights. It's a whole kilometre of fun from Courtenay Place all the way to the top of Ghuznee Street. After the parade all of the batucuda and samba dancers from around the country will gather in the streets, at Havana Club Square, for a massive batucuda drum-off.

Throughout the day there will many other curious and wonderful sights, including:
- German street artist from Via Grafik and Auckland's Cut Collective transform a Go Wellington bus
- OutdoorKnit taggers knit their hearts out making cosies for the trees in Bristol Mall
- Taping Tales creating a massive mural on the buildings in Glover Park out of adhesive tape
- Tango dancing, history and lessons in Manners Mall
- An entire canopy of festival flags, handmade especially in Mexico, erected overnight in Cuba Mall
- Auckland artist Misery painting an army Unimog, readying it for the parade that night
- Body FX painting bikinis, Hawaiian shirts, and wetsuits onto their models at The Hula Shack
- Wild Headz plucking people from the crowd and giving them a hair and face makeover, transforming them into walking works of art
- A range of international street performers, including Rubber Band Boy, the world record holder for the most rubber bands on a single face
- LASERTAG - creating massive contemporary artworks projected onto buildings using high tech laser technology.

For more information and our programme, go to

See you there!