Busking fests keep New Zealand entertained
25 Jan 2010
All the world’s a stage and top international buskers are keeping New Zealand entertained during a series of summer-time busking festivals.
The biggest event - the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch (21 - 31 January 2010) - is already underway and has brought a flood of international artists to New Zealand.
Many of the artists performing in Christchurch will also be seen in other parts of the country.
Auckland’s International Buskers Festival (29 January - 1 February 2010) will attract some of the best talent, and the inaugural Southland Buskers Festival (5 - 7 February 2010) is expecting 10 international acts.
2010 World Buskers Festival, Christchurch
21 -31 January, 2010
Christchurch, in New Zealand’s South Island, is the international busking hub with some of the world’s top street entertainers lining up alongside great Kiwi entertainers.
The annual festival attracts musicians, artists and acrobats from throughout the world. This year it includes performers from North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The 2010 festival will feature 47 acts - comedy, music, fire and amazing feats - in more than 500 street and stage shows, and 550 hours of world class entertainment. There are 10 indoor and outdoor venues.
"We’ve got the gamut of street, circus and comedy shows all rolled into 10 days of non-stop fun and excitement," festival director Jodi Wright said.
"Expect the unexpected from a line-up that includes 47 of the world’s best acts from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Japan, Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand."
World Champion Living Statue 2009 - The Stewardess, from the Netherlands - is in the line-up, which also includes circus, street and comedy acts, jugglers, contortionists, unicyclists, clowns, musicians, aerialists, sideshow artists and acrobats.
Heading the music line-up is the show-stopping Dub FX from UK, plus Kiwi band The Eastern - who recently opened for Fleetwood Mac, and singer / songwriter Hera from Iceland, now a New Zealand resident.
Two huge crowd favourites from previous festivals are back by popular demand - American performers Mario Queen of the Circus, and The Daredevil Chicken Club.
Global laugh makers here for the first time include Chris Cross, Acrobuffos, The Raspyni Brothers, The Flash (UK); Grandma (USA); Funny Bones (Japanese / UK duo); and Cirque de Soleil acrobatic stunt performer Reuben DotDotDot, Betty Brawn (Australia).
Kiwi talent is high on the agenda, with comedians from around New Zealand. Comedian Michele A’Court is hosting the Sumner Stand-Up series featuring Chris Brain, Irene Pink, and Jav Jarquin. Jeremy Elwoood hosts Comedy Caberet at Christchurch Casino.
2010 World Buskers Festival
International Buskers Festival, Auckland
29 January - 1 February, 2010
The 10th annual Auckland International Buskers Festival promises "madness and mayhem" from a dynamic group of international street performers who’ll be strutting their stuff on inner city streets and on the waterfront.
The line-up vying for the public’s appreciation and loose change will include 14 international performers - acrobats, jugglers, magicians, pavement artists, contortionists, and comedians.
Acts due to perform in Auckland include circus stunt artists Liqueur Flambe (South Africa / Australia), master sword swallower Manx (Australia), super hero balance stunt artist Ben Zuddhist (UK), witty escapologist Pat-Trick (Ireland), and eccentric Gary Knights (UK).
Auckland International Buskers Festival
Buskerburgoo Festival, Nelson
4 - 7 February 2010
Buskerburgoo - the Nelson buskers and street theatre series - runs as part of the Summer in Nelson programme.
During Buskerburgoo, the top of Trafalgar Street - Nelson's main street - will be transformed into an amazing aerial trapeze rig. The festival also includes an R18 event and a grand family finale featuring international and local buskers.
Summer In Nelson
Southland Buskers Festival, Invercargill
5 - 7 February 2010
The inaugural Southland Buskers' Festival in Invercargill - New Zealand’s most southern city - will present more than 40 outdoor street shows and two night shows.
The Southland line-up includes comics Daredevil Chicken Club (USA), water balloon gladiators Acrobuffos (USA), magician, contortionist, escapologist and showman Chris Cross (UK), strong woman Betty Brawn (Australia), and jazz singing juggler Meet Pete (USA).
Southland Buskers Festival
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