Buskers take over Hagley Park
Christchurch is once again hosting hundreds of buskers from
around the world at the annual 10-day festival of free street
The World Buskers Festival has been based in Hagley Park
since the earthquakes, but it's hoped they'll soon all be back on
the streets of central Christchurch.
"We are a street festival and we started 21 years ago on the
streets, we want to go back to the streets," says festival chair
It's a big attraction, with organisers claiming it entertains
300,000 people each year.
Fifty-five acts from 10 countries will perform over 10 days
during the festival, which has been dubbed Buskers Park, as well as
various other central city locations.
"I've always said it's the best festival in the world, I mean
it's the best festival in the world. There's things about it that
make it better than others," says Clarke McFarlane - known as
McFarlane says audience participation is what sets the
Canterbury crowd apart from the rest, even if sometimes they are a
bit timid at first.
This year they've got the old classics, like jugglers, as well
as a range of comedy shows and cabaret performances.
Organisers say the festival allows homegrown talent to shine,
but also keeps attracting the international acts back.
"It's a journey I'm willing to make because it's such a
wonderful place to be and the festival is incredible," says busker
And no doubt the next 10 days will see more Cantabrians
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