CubaDupa boasts 250 events, 90 street food stalls and 1 virtual reality experience
They say third time's a charm and CubaDupa, which turns three this year, will feature more performers than ever before when it hits Cuba St this weekend.
"CubaDupa is entertainment, street food, excitement and people. It's just a fantastic atmosphere," participant Colonel Sir Julius Hawthorne said.
"We don't know of anything to match the sheer size and feeling of CubaDupa - although the Rio Carnival might come close."
A total of 250 events from Samba performances, opera, dance, steampunks, and virtual reality tours, and 90 street food stalls will be held over the 17-hour street festival held on March 25 and 26.
Hawthorne will be be back hosting the Steampunk Splendid Teapot racing.
Steampunk is all about adults having permission to be a bit silly, he said.
"We think everybody could do with a bit more silliness in their lives."
The 2017 event has more musicians and performances organised alongside the main programme, CubaDupa programme manager Fiona Gunter-Firth said.
"This is what will make the festival sustainable, and owned by the wider CubaDupa community."
The massive weekend of free entertainment would be an opportunity for locals and visitors to present, participate and celebrate the city.
A new event is a virtual reality chocolate tour that will give kids and adults a chance to see, hear and smell chocolate, while learning about where it comes.
Sitting inside the Wellington Chocolate Factory, participants will be taken on a journey to Papua New Guinea where cocoa beans are sourced and travel with them back to New Zealand. But it won't all be smoke and mirrors with the final part of the tour ending with some real life chocolate tasting.
"The festival is all about creative arts and promoting new technology, a time to be creative and express yourself however you like," Katrina Ansford said on behalf of the Wellington Chocolate Factory.
Rain is forecast for Saturday and Sunday with a high of 17 degrees over the weekend, but there is no postponement date for CubaDupa and it will go ahead rain or shine.
- CubaDupa runs from noon- midnight Saturday March 25 and noon-5pm Sunday March 26.
- The roads will become pedestrianised from Manners St to Karo Dr (except Vivian St) and between Taranaki and Victoria St.
- Visit: cubadupa.co.nz/ for more information.