Christchurch ignites as SCIRT World Buskers Festival 2014 launches
Jugglers, trapeze artists, comedians, dancers, contortionists
and cabaret performers have travelled from around the globe to
perform in Christchurch as the SCIRT World Buskers Festival 2014
North Hagley Park has once again been transformed into Busker
Park as the 11-day festival kicks off in New Zealand's garden
The festival will run from 16 - 26 January and is set to host to
55 acts from 10 countries performing at Busker Park and a range of
other venues across the city.
The 21-year-old festival has grown dramatically since its early
days on central city streets of Christchurch to become one of the
biggest and most popular street performance festivals in the world
and Artistic Director Jodi Wright is amazed at the shape it's
taken. The festival has grown into the most popular event in
Christchurch's cultural calendar, attracting around 300,000 show
attendees each year.
"This year we've got fringe-style theatre, cabaret and some of
the best burlesque performers in the world, as well as our
traditional street performers. It's a festival of the weird,
wonderful and wildly talented," says Wright.
Wright believes the mainstreaming of some of the festival's
mainstay attractions also contributes to the event's ongoing
"Thanks to groups like Cirque de Soleil, who a number of our
performers have toured with, circo-arts are recognised as an
incredibly skilful form of entertainment and we're seeing highly
professional shows attracting big crowds."
The iconic event has had to adapt from its traditional central
city street base as the central city rebuilds following the
Canterbury earthquakes and is now in its third year at Busker Park
in North Hagley Park, a temporary entertainment mecca with onsite
food and licensed vendors and corporate hosting at the SCIRT Busker
The festival also spreads the laughs across the city, hosting
shows at The Terrace Pitch, Lane Neave Music Pitch - Re:Start Mall,
Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion, Botanic Gardens, Mashina Lounge -
Christchurch Casino, The Press Club - Christ's College and at New
Brighton basketball courts.
"Every year is more exciting than the last and each time we face
new challenges as we push ourselves to deliver something great,
particularly in this rebuild environment, so it's great to see the
launch date arrive," says Wright.
"Once again, we're proud to be bringing this festival and these
acts to Kiwi shores."
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