Te Auaha steps up to partner with CubaDupa

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The artistic heart of Wellington has received a boost with a new partnership between the CubaDupa street festival and Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity.

Announcing their new Foundation Partnership, which will see Te Auaha as a key sponsor amongst Wellington City Council, Wellington International Airport, and The Wellington Company, Te Auaha trustee Roger Sowry says, "The excitement of Te Auaha is building as we get closer to opening in early 2018.

"This new relationship with CubaDupa cements our position in the heart of New Zealand’s creative capital, Wellington with our new $25M campus on Cuba/Dixon Streets progressing quickly towards completion."

"There are so many synergies between Te Auaha and CubaDupa. We are all about performance, dance, theatre and music. Our students will not only perform in the festival, but help with event management and planning, and will benefit from gaining valuable experience being part of a significant event on the New Zealand festival scene," says Roger Sowry.

Artistic Director at CubaDupa Drew James says, "We are really looking forward to having Te Auaha students contributing their vibrancy and energy to our festival.

"Previous CubaDupa festivals included Whitireia performance, dance, circus and music students; and students from WelTec’s hair and make-up artistry programmes. Journalism and radio students have been recording the event and providing press releases. Music students have played gigs and crewed band performances; performing arts students are involved in the welcome and opening parade while stage and screen, musical theatre, dance and circus students created performances for the 2016 Boulevard of Dreams.

"When Whitireia and WelTec creative technologies and applied arts move into Te Auaha students will be able to integrate even more with CubaDupa. We’re incredibly excited about extending our current association with this exciting new Partnership," says Drew James.