World Buskers Festival

Buskers line up for a festival laugh


A boy struck dumb with gaffer tape, a stand-up battle of the sexes and divas galore are among highlights of the World Buskers Festival lineup announced today.

The World Buskers Festival will bring scores of performers to Christchurch for 660 shows over 11 days in January. The festival starts on January 16 and will once again be held in a cluster of temporary venues in Hagley Park.

Canterbury performer Sam Wills is bringing his hit show The Boy with Tape on his Face - More Tape back to his hometown for the first time since 2012.

The show has enjoyed sold-out tours in Britain, a run in London's West End and has become an annual attraction at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

British diva Le Gateau Chocolat returns with a new show after a sold-out run at this year's festival, stand-up comedian and writer Michele A'Court returns with her first one-woman show for seven years, and Keith Preene's Golden Goose Bingo will again take over the Pallet Pavilion.

New shows include a magic show by United States conjurer Paul Nathan, a one-man show by Christchurch performer David Ladderman called Battle of the Bastards and burlesque singer Lili La Scala's award-winning music show Songs to Make you Smile.

There are also two stand-up comedy shows. The all-female features Urzila Carlson, Justine Smith, Patsy Decline and Lori Bell, while the male line-up includes Stuart Goldsmith, David Quirk, Jeremy Elwood and Nick Rado.

Street performers include regular favourites like the Daredevil Chicken Club, Asher Treleaven and Mario Queen of the Circus, along with new acts Blingling Bros, Lisa Lottie and Derek Derek.

Hagley Park has the new Tea Cup Tent, while evening shows will be in the big top, the main auditorium at Christ's College and the new Mashina lounge at the Christchurch Casino.


The best street performers:

Pancho Libre: An incredibly skilled circus performer from Mexico.
Ruby Rubberlegs: Australian circus and variety performer.
Pete Sweet: US nerd meets classic clown.
Knuck 'n' Futz: US clown and musician double act.
Peter Mielniczek: Classic British nonsense.

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