World Buskers Festival


For the past 21 years, the SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL has aimed to stretch its wings, expand its programme, and work within and around sometimes challenging circumstances, to present the people of Christchurch with the best buskers festival in the world.

The 2014 SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL promises to carry on the tradition by offering a programme of events that showcases the very best of the best! We've enlisted fifty-five amazing street performers, comedians, fringe artists, musicians and visual artists that are destined to leave you mesmerised and in awe. Whether you're a fan of highly skilled acrobatics, hoola-hoopers, trapeze artists, musicians, dancers, circus and vaudeville skits, burlesque or you're simply out for a good belly laugh - we've got it all!  

In addition to one of the best street performance talent line ups the festival has ever programmed we've got some fantastic indoor shows. Due to popular demand, and because so many of you missed out, we're bringing back the stand out hits of the 2012 and 2013 SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL's - LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT with his new show I HEART CHOCOLAT (R16) and the indisputable personification of wit, charm and funny - Sam Wills with his THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE - MORE TAPE (R16).

We've also got the all new, too funny and perhaps a bit raunchy BUSKERS BURLESQUE (R18), hosted by stars of Speigelworld's EMPIRE, and our famous NOTHING BUT STAND UP (R18) series. This year we're doing things a little differently with our stand-up comedy shows- a bit of the battle of the sexes. Make sure you don't miss Adgraphix NOTHING BUT STAND UP: THE GENTS (R18) with MC Jeremy Elwood accompanied by Stuart Goldsmith (UK); Nick Rado (NZ); David Quirk (AUS), or More FM NOTHING BUT STAND UP: THE LADIES (R18), hosted by Urzila Carlson (SAF) with Lori Bell (AUS); Justine Smith (NZ); Patsy Decline (AUS).

We also have a great programme of new and exciting shows including SONGS TO MAKE YOU SMILE (All Ages); THE I HATE CHILDREN CHILDREN'S SHOW (All Ages), Michele A'Court's STUFF I FORGOT TO TELL MY DAUGTHER (R16) and the home-grown BATTLE OF THE BASTARDS (R16).  Then there's the always popular KEITH PREENE'S GOLDEN GOOSE BINGO (R16) Presented by Aurecon and BUSKER CABARET (R20) at Mashina Lounge featuring world renowned magician Paul Nathan with AN HOUR OF MAGIC, and one of the leading lights of the new cabaret scene DUSTY LIMITS.

As always, and true to the streets from which we came, our 'street' shows run from 11am daily with performances in BUSKER PARK on the L&P, MINI and SCIRT STAGES, as well as in the Botanic Gardens at the Popsicle BUSKER KID PITCH and in Re:Start at the Lane Neave MUSIC PITCH and The Terrace PITCH, all culminating with over two and a half hours of hilarity during the festival's very own SCIRT BUSKER COMEDY CLUB (R16) - a variety show unlike any other!

The Buskers are back - so let's get this party started!