Murray Hickman, Strike Percussion, and Adam Page,
multi-instumentalist and composer extraordinaire, combine
musical forces to create the Mass Cuba Street Orchestra
especially for CubaDupa.
The Orchestra will feature over 50 musicians from Strike, The
Balkanistas (pictured above), Niko Ne
Zna, Richter City Rebels and a
The MCSO will perform music specially composed to be played in
various street locations through the Cuba precinct, as separate
movements, and culminating in a grand interactive finale.
In the words of Murray and Adam, "it's a little bit of
Wellington BBQ reggae, happy dubstep with brass, neo-classical,
Balkan, New Orleans, funky, Polynesian."
It will simply be extraordinary!
Help us do the CubaDupa!
CubaDupa will be a world-class
street festival, which builds on the spirit and talent of
Wellington and draws on the best international street
festivals. It will be held annually in Wellington, premiering
Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 March 2015.
The new Cuba Street festival, CubaDupa, is a celebration of the
creative heart of Wellington. The Cuba street precinct will
become a vibrant pedestrianised playground of music, dance, arts
and street food.
In creating a totally unique and family friendly urban
environment and entertainment programme Drew James, the Artistic
Director of CubaDupa has identified seven diverse projects that
will deliver an extraordinary experience for audiences and
These are Urban Rhapsodies aerial opera, Mass Cuba Street
Orchestra, The Beop band of the future, Carnival Zone with
Wellington Batucada, Cuba Surveyors historical street theatre, Java
Dance's Sneak Peek in shop windows, and CubaKaleidoscope by the
Tarrant Dance Studio. All of these projects will be commissioned
with the help of Boosted donations and performed free for audiences
on the streets.
33 MONTHS AGO
Thank you for donating to the Mass Cuba St Orchestra and helping us be part of CubaDupa, March 2015. On behalf of Strike, Niko Ne Zna, The Balkanistas and Richter City Rebels we all greatly appreciate your support and vote of confidence. We're also grateful to the support shown by Westpac in matching all the donations dollar for dollar.
Thank you from us all!
4 bands and over 80 musicians = Mass Cuba St Orchestra
33 MONTHS AGO
The Mass Cuba Street Orchestra will include the musicians from Strike, The Balkanistas, Niko Ne Zna and Richter City Rebels. Adam Page and Murray Hickman have come up with the catchy tune used on the CubaDupa boosted videos. They are expanding this as part of their new composition for the Mass Cuba Street Orchestra. With over 80 musicians, we have had to redesign the staging to fit them all on. It will be simply awesome.
Wellington is one of the world’s greatest festival cities, full of riches, talent, history and good times. Cuba Street is our festival playground, and CubaDupa is the ultimate celebration. There is a bit of Cuba Street in all Wellingtonians. The street holds a place in our hearts and minds.
We are on a mission to write another chapter into our history and you are part of it. You are CupaDupa, after all the Festival is nothing without you. But you don't have to wait, you can do the CupaDupa right now by supporting one of our Boosted projects. These Boosted projects have been specially created with some of our most brilliant and innovative Wellington artists. With theatre, dance, opera and music they celebrate what is so great about our Cuba Street.
Thanks to those that already have donated. Tell your friends to donate and then join you at the Festival that we are creating together.
Drew James, Director