World Buskers Festival



Children heading along to the 2014 SCIRT World Buskers Festival are in for a treat as the ever-popular festival gets set to host an exciting new show tailored for kids.

In its twenty-first year, the children's acts are getting an international boost with award-winning bad boy magician Paul Nathan taking over the Tea Cup Tent.

Aimed at ages 8 and up, Nathan's 'I Hate Children Children's Show' with New Zealand guitarist Tyson Smith is a mixture of dangerous comedy and magic.

US-based Nathan has been performing magic around the world since 2000 and has featured on television and movies, as well as a raft of other theatre and magic performances.

His children's show is a regular feature in the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe winning numerous awards including the Best Children's Show and one of the 10 Best Events the festival from a field of over 3,000 events each day.

Nathan's show is just one of the many exciting acts for children at this year's festival, alongside the likes of New Zealand's Got Talent sensational duo Zane and Degge and the Amazing Drumming Monkeys from South Australia.

Running for 11 days, the festival offers the perfect opportunity to head out as a family this summer with performances starting at 11am.

Artistic director Jodi Wright says the festival is becoming more exciting with new international acts joining the Buskers family each year. "We continue to search out the best acts and bring them here for New Zealanders to enjoy each year. The addition of Paul Nathan in this coming festival shows just how high the level of talent is.
"The children's shows are one of the highlights of the festival and make for a perfect day in the sun with family and friends. This year's line up is one not to be missed!"

The Christchurch-based festival is the biggest street performance festival in Australasia and is still the most popular feature in the city's cultural calendar after 21 years.

In all, the festival will feature 55 acts from 10 countries and will run from 16 to 26 January 2014.

While the majority of the festival will be held at Busker Park in North Hagley Park, it will also be spreading the laughs across the city at The Terrace Pitch, Lane Neave Music Pitch - Re:Start Mall, Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion, New Brighton Basketball Courts, Botanic Gardens, Mashina Lounge - Christchurch Casino and at The Press Club - Christ's College.

The online pre-release seat offer is available now until seats are gone. To beat the queue and book pre-release seats and view the full programme visit


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