Experience classical music with a twist at this playful and vibrant music festival, celebrating where classical music meets contemporary Cuba Street culture. Classical on Cuba pushes the artistic boundaries of what classical music is in the modern day, while also shaking up the usual format of seeing events in traditional concert halls. Inviting audiences to explore classical music in popular bars, restaurants and even art galleries, the festival brings classical music to the people and is performed by Wellington’s brightest players, excited to let you in on the secret that ‘classical’ is hotter than ever.
Classical on Cuba was borne out of the Covid lockdown of 2020, a partnership between Orchestra Wellington and musicians who wanted to perform, and CubaDupa and festival producers who wanted to make things happen to support the Cuba Street businesses that missed out on the revenue generated by the cancelled CubaDupa festival. Orchestra Wellington provided 30 music ensembles and 100 performances, and CubaDupa coordinated 20 hospitality venues. The model proved so successful that we repeated it in 2021, and have taken it to another level for 2022.
Stir Your Soul at Wellington’s Classical Crawl. Classical on Cuba, July 22 – 24, 2022 is back with 100 shows, over 40 music group, playing across 20 venues in the Cuba Street precinct in Pōneke.