Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Classical on Cuba?

Classical on Cuba is held across venues in the Cuba Street precinct within the CBD of Pōneke, Wellington. See here for a map.

Festival Times

Saturday 2nd September  12:00pm-9:30pm 

Sunday 3rd September 11:45am-9:00pm

Do I need a ticket?

Yes! Tickets will need to be purchased for individual shows and start from $10. You can find the tickets to the show you like via the book now buttons on the individual show or schedule pages.

Doorsales will be available at venues for the specific show that is about to start at that venue only, and only if the show is not sold out.

What about Covid Alert Levels?

We will continue to follow the advice from the Ministry of Health regarding any updates to the alert level in Pōneke, Wellington.

How much do tickets cost?

Concerts in the Classical Crawl programme are $12 each with a discount offer for $10 with any 8 or more tickets purchased together. Children aged 5–12 are $6. Children under 5 are free.

The four feature shows are priced as follows:

Other Futures Big Band and Gallery Orchestra $30.00
The Whistledowns $25.00
NZ Trio $25.00
Oro Atua $25.00

Is this a Family Friendly Festival?

Absolutely! With a large variety of day-time programming across both the Saturday and Sunday, we’re sure you’ll find something the whole family will like.

Children under 5 are also free to attend shows in the programme.

Do I need to bring my ID?

Yes, for all licensed venues, you will need to bring ID. 

Children must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardian.

I am 16 and I want to come without my parents. Which venues can I come to on my own?

  • Nood
  • Goethe Institut
  • City Art Gallery (excluding The Whistledowns)
  • Te Auaha

What if it rains?

All concerts are staged inside. Just bring your raincoat just in case to walk between venues if you’re on a classical crawl through the programme.

Can I bring alcohol?

No, but you can purchase it from many of our wonderful venues. Some venues will have drink specials available during the festival to match your taste.

Can I bring food?

No, but we encourage you to support the hospitality businesses by purchasing food and drinks at the shows you attend.

Can I Bring my Dog?

Some venues will allow pets and many will support guide animals. If you have any concerns or queries please reach out to the specific venue with any questions.

Can I bring my guitar and get up for a jam?

Not during our programmed events, apologies. 


This is available via our website on our Schedule page here.

In an effort to reduce waste and further our environmental sustainability, we will not be providing printed programmes this year. Please refer to our website for all programme information.

Want to submit your performance?

Music group submissions are closed, but check back again next year to try line up your spot in the programme. Please also email us on [email protected] to get in touch.


  1. Valid photo ID
  2. Money for shows, drinks and food.
  3. Love for live music and events.

Don’t Bring

  1. Alcohol
  2. Food
  3. Illegal substances 
  4. Air horns or noise makers.
  5. Flammables
  6. Flyers, giveaways, samples, promotional items 
  7. Glass of any kind
  8. We are on a mission to become a zero waste event so please avoid single use plastics too.

Lost Property

Each venue will have their own system in place. We as festival organisers will not be responsible for individual lost property.


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