SCIRT World Buskers Festival 2016

With the New Year comes another outing for the SCIRT World Buskers Festival, which is back for its 22nd year.

Between 14th and 24th of January, Christchurch will be hosting 65 world class local and international acts for our enjoyment. This year’s selection of acts include street performers, comedians, fringe artists, musicians and visual artists.

Circus Firemen
Circus Firemen at the World Buskers Festival 2012 in Hagley Park, CCL-2012-01-20-BuskersFestival-January-2012 DSC_020.JPG

Once again, Hagley Park will act as the epicentre, with family friendly shows beginning daily from 11am at the SCIRT Stage, L&P Stage and Buskers Kids Pitch, to name a few, as well as super-highbrow-civilized entertainment for us grown ups in the evening. There’ll also be select shows in the Arts Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery, Mashina Lounge and in New Brighton.

The Festival is a good option for a day out with your kids or night out with friends (or even a date *wink*), conveniently timed in the middle of “I’m bored” season. From experience, SCIRT Busker Comedy Club beats sitting in front of the TV watching dire summertime substitute shows, plus it’s only a gold coin donation admission and you can bring your dinner! Containing “Adult Themes” this one of those grown-up shows I just love, so leave your kids at home.

This year I’m particularly excited about Rose Matafeo, who will be performing in this year’s line-up of Nothing but Stand Up, alongside Ben Hurley, Lloyd Langford and Christchurch born (holla) Eli Matthewson, who has worked with Matafeo on TV-shows such as U-Live and Funny Girls.

Burlesque performer
Buskers Burlesque (photo supplied by World Buskers Festival)

Buskers Burlesque is also something you have to experience at least once, with this year being the USA Invasion edition. I think this goes without saying, but go with someone you’re comfortable with seeing that kind of show with.

Puppet Fiction
Puppet Fiction (photo supplied by World Buskers Festival)

Other acts I’m also excited to see include Puppet Fiction (“the ultimate Tarantino homage, this is Pulp Fiction with strings attached”), and Jon Bennett’s Pretending Things Are a Cock.

If nothing I’ve mentioned remotely interests you, you can head to the World Buskers Festival website where you can see the full selection of shows and performers along with a timetable.

And if I’ve been unhelpful, but you’ve managed to read this to the end, I promise my final tip will be worth it. Beat the Queue tickets are now available, so buy them to shows that do interest you! When they sell out, a selection of tickets for the shows will be available on the day of the show to purchase in Hagley Park, so don’t panic, but, like, who wants to wait in a queue? Don’t say I didn’t give you anything.

Learn more about the SCIRT World Buskers Festival

Time to get the kids outside

book coverDo you find your kids hang about inside even when the weather is fabulous?

Let’s get them inspired to play outdoors:

Kid’s say they’re bored of their books? Try searching a reading list for other authors that write stories like their favourites and they can join the Summertime Reading Club where they may win a prize!

Teens can check out The Pulse for what’s new and happening. Garden City SummerTimes is here and the World Buskers Festival is just around the corner so there’s no excuse for not getting out this summer!

Buckle up for the buskers

CrowdIt’s a summer event that I always look forward to – no, not the sun-soaked road trip or the complete lack of lawn mowing – it’s the World Buskers Festival. There’s always something fantastic, and there’s so many performances that even if you try to miss it, you probably won’t.

One year I saw a fellow juggle an orange, a watermelon and a running chainsaw.  You never know what you’re going to get. Vinyl Burns (Kim Potter) looks a little like Les Patterson – but his act is, thankfully, vastly different.

There’s also that slight fear that the busker might choose you to be part of the act, or pick on your clothes or something.

With hundreds of shows, there’s no lack of choice – what will you see at the festival? And will you drop some coins in the hat or slink away just before the end?


Busker by the CathedralGo the Christchurch City Council – no they didn’t pay me to say that – but really – how lucky are we to have the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch. 14 years and still going strong. The energy generated has  Christchurch buzzing. Being a visual person I love live entertainment and the Buskers festival certainly offers plenty to choose from. The weather may be unpredictable but the quality of the busking is not.

Christchurch has come alive and yes the people are indeed dancing in the streets. The show I went to at the Art Gallery on Sunday had the crowd dancing and cheering with delight. I’m not really into Rap but if you get a chance check out Dub FX – very entertaining – Anyone who can prepare a meal in Rap and manage to hold my attention is OK in my world.

It feels so great to be a part of such a wonderful event. The two week programme offers something for everyone – Comedy, Music, Street Art, Living Statues, Mime – each bringing their own brand of energy.

Don’t miss the opportunity to expose yourself to something new and maybe a little bit different. It seems no matter who you talk to – everyone has seen something different. So if you have experienced feelings of delight and excitement please share with us – the more support we can give the buskers the better.

All the world’s a stage

A busker with a banjo entertaining in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, 1927Christchurch’s 15th annual World Buskers Festival kicked off last night at the Arts Centre.  For the next 10 days the city’s streets and squares will set the stage for all manner of street performers from around the world.

While being a professional street performer is probably a realistic goal for a only a few of the most talented, acquiring a performance skill is not.  Who knows, maybe beneath your business-like exterior beats the heart of a frustrated juggler?  Perhaps you’ve a hidden talent for unicycling?  Check out some of the following resources and unleash the busker within!