World Buskers Festival delivers entertainment extravaganza

2 November 2015

Starting from a small group of humble street performers in 1994, the 23rd edition will feature a smorgasbord of genres, from circus to cabaret, from burlesque to theatre, from music to aerial acrobatics.

The 67 performers from 13 countries will well and truly deliver on the festival’s slogan to “Experience It All” with over 650 shows, across 11-days and nights from January 14-24.

The World Busker Festival today released its programme for the 2016 Festival, that will again have a strong presence in Hagley Park but will also sees a return back to the city with five venues around Christchurch.

Festival Director Glen Pickering says that the Hagley Park surroundings were perfect after the earthquakes, but moving the festival back to the streets of Christchurch is still the main goal.  “That’s where the festival started and as the city centre comes back to life, the heart of the festival will move back into the CBD,” says Mr Pickering.

“They all want to come to Christchurch, because its one of the best street performance festivals in the world and the city embraces it. The performers we get having mind blowing talents and they have as much fun as the audience here in Christchurch.”

Festival Director Glen Pickering

With the announcement of the acts, the Festival Director is encouraging the people of Christchurch to go to the festival website www.worldbuskersfestival.com and start planning and booking. “Each year we hear stories of people missing out. It’s a highlight on many people’s entertainment calendars, so don’t leave it until January to book your seats.

The 52 acts this year include finalists from America’s Got Talent, a dozen world record holders from the Guinness Book of Records, award-winning comedians and the top four burlesque performers on the planet.

Pickering says that some of the acts will be new to Christchurch and that once word gets out about international hits like the Korean ensemble Ongals, it will be difficult to get seats.

The festival is the largest street performance festival in Australasia and Pickering’s team has the tough task of selecting each year’s acts from the more than 500 applications he receives.

“They all want to come to Christchurch, because its one of the best street performance festivals in the world and the city embraces it. The performers we get having mind blowing talents and they have as much fun as the audience here in Christchurch.”