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January 2004, Volume 15, Number 1

Entertainment and Colour

A chunk of inner Wellington will be closed off in late February, as the city hosts its fourth Cuba Street Carnival...

Fifteen entertainment zones have been established to bring the centre of Wellington alive with ‘music, entertainment and colour,” says carnival director John Page.

More than 100 bands and artists will perform, and part of State Highway 1 will be closed for 48 hours from the evening of February 27.

Close to 90,000 people packed the centre of Wellington for the carnival’s night parade in 2002. The Saturday night parade features more than 50 floats.

John says this year’s carnival includes half a dozen music stages, three busking sites, a huge number of stalls, sports demonstrations, public sculpturing, a kids’ area, and a holistic lifestyle site.

The Community Employment Group has provided support to the carnival, as has the Wellington City Council, New Zealand Community Trust, Radio ZM and various gaming machine trusts.

John says that a lot of behind-the-scenes work goes in to ensuring the carnival comes together well, such as organising security, marketing, logistics, lighting and first aid.

The carnival is about providing free, open access, diverse entertainment and a programme that is representative of the many cultures and groups that make up Wellington.

It has considerable economic spinoffs for the businesses in central Wellington, says John.

“We have people coming from all over New Zealand wandering around and happy to spend money.”

Other stories about Festivals:
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 2001)
Celebrating Its Past - Celebration Lyttelton Trust (October 2000)
Mini Festival Brings Samoan Community Together - Ministers' Fraternal Group (June 2000)
Fantastic Week for Rural Women - Positively Clutha Women (June 2000)
Entries Sought - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (May 2000)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
A 'Brilliant' Performance - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Picton Fizzing - Picton Urban Design (January 2000)
Cavalcade Rolls into Middlemarch Community - Middlemarch Community (March 2002)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Celebrating Diversity - Enterprise Otara (October 1999)
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together - CEG (April 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
'Most Beautiful Place in the World' Sees the Light - Barney Whaitiri (March 1999)
Street's Ahead - Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust (July 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Festival Raises the Profile of Lawrence - Lawrence Summer Arts Festival (March 2003)
Providing Opportunities - Pasifika (July 2004)
Bold, Outrageous, Wild - Central South Island Tourism (December 2004)
Cuba Street Carnival Trust
P O Box 24 173, Wellington
Phone (04) 499 0650, Fax (04) 473 8873
email: info@cubacarnival.org.nz

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