New Zealand’s world-leading street performance festival releases line up
International divas and burlesque kings and queens are among the
line-up released online today by iconic annual street performance
event, the 2014 SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL.
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.
Artistic director and festival founder Jodi Wright said as word
spreads about the international calibre of the entertainment, the
audience is moving beyond the Garden City regulars and the need to
secure seats early to avoid missing out is growing. While the full
programme and pre-release seat offer is launched on the festival's
website today, the festival itself will run from 16 January to 26
"We've seen the festival grow from a five day showcase in the
City Mall with a strong street performance focus, and mainly local
talent, to our current base of Busker Park in North Hagley Park
with multiple stages, on-site bars and food vendors, and a ten day/
eleven night programme of events that features some of the world's
best comedians, fringe artists, musicians and visual artists," said
"We've had to change the way we do things after the earthquakes,
including moving out of the inner city. While we still have our
street performance roots - you can turn up at any time and be
entertained - our new base means we've developed a number of indoor
venues and fringe theatre style events that allow us to host a
whole new range of performers.
"The scale of the festival is so much bigger but I think the
main reason people keep coming back, and more people are checking
us out, is because whether you're a fan of highly skilled
acrobatics, hoola-hoopers, trapeze artists, musicians, dancers,
circus and vaudeville skits, burlesque, or you're looking to
entertain the kids in the school holidays - you're guaranteed a
good time and some belly laughs.
For the indoor fringe theatre-style shows, the 2014 programme
will see the return of 2013 stand out hit Le Gateau Chocolat with
his new show I Heart Chocolat (R16) and local boy done good Sam
Wills taking time out from an international touring schedule to
bringThe Boy with Tape on his Face - More Tape (R16) back to
The all new incredibly high calibre iSite Buskers Burlesque
(R18) will be hosted by star emcees of Speigelworld'sEmpire, which
premiered in New York City last year, and will featureAmerica's Got
Talentsemi-finalist Michelle L'Amour, past World Burlesque King
Captain Kidd aka Mark Winmill, star of Cirque de Soleil's Love,
star of circus-cabaret show La Soiree Nate Cooper, and current
reigning Queen of Burlesque Imogen Kelly.
The popular Nothing but Stand-Up (R18) series will this year be
a battle of the sexes with male-only and female-only comedian
nights hosted by Jeremy Elwood and Urzila Carlson from Seven
Daysand accompanied by Stuart Goldsmith, Nick Rado, David Quirk,
Lori Bell, Justine Smith and Patsy Decline.
Michele A'Court, voted Female Comedian of the Decade 2010 by the
NZ Comedy Guild, will be presenting her new showStuff I Forgot to
Tell My Daughter.
American bad boy magician Paul Nathan will perform hisI Hate
Children Children's Showas well as something for the grown-ups with
An Hour of Magic(R20), and the UK's new international cabaret scene
star, Dusty Limits, will be displaying his three-octave range and
For the street acts - clowns, contortionists, circus performers,
acrobats and performers that flat out defy description are
descending from Israel, USA, The Netherlands, Mexico, the UK,
Australia and our own backyard.
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, the festival 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 www.worldbuskersfestival.com.
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