MaximusJune 4, 2010
Rocky road for Cuba Carni
Front page news today that the Cuba Carnival is canned for next year, and that the future of the whole event is in doubt: Oh No, Say It Isn’t So! That sucks – it really does. The Cuba Carnival really is one of the high-lights of living in Wellington – the colours, the parades, the music, the clothes (or lack of), the food, and oh, did I mention the music? We do live here in a fairly staid, primarily anglo-saxon culture, and the introduction of the latin influences adds a zing to the whole city that resonates throughout the year. Please reconsider Kerry !
Plus, Batucada rock!
And all the smaller cultural groups get to play a part!
While I can understand that there is a bit of a hoopla over the Rugby World Cup next year, that is over an event that is not known for creativity, is totally male dominated, and really only relevant for the sports-mad. Personally, I couldn’t give a flying fish toss for the moronic sport of rugby or the mostly moronic supporters – the whole culture of beer drinking fat lads and ridiculous running up and down a muddy field clutching a ball was something I happily left behind in school. The lengths that this city is going to, for the 2 or 4 nights that there are actually games on in the Cake Tin, seems ridiculous – and the proposed Weta sculpture, glorifying a jumping rugby lineout, is just ugly, tacky, and ridiculously expensive at $350k.
The city would be far better off to fund the Cuba Carnival, and scrap the statue. Priorities!