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13 - 29 January 2023

Bread & Circus 2023

13 - 29 January 2023

Get Ready For Magic And Mayhem

It’s summertime in the city. It’s gold coins and belly laughs. It’s the perfect blend of nostalgia and reinvention. It’s Christchurch’s story. It’s the 30-year celebration.

Bread & Circus Is Back For 2023

With decades of rich history, Bread & Circus is the buskers festival Cantabrians know and love, and a long-time favourite event on the city’s summer calendar. The 2023 programme brings world-class twists and turns, with the same tradition and passion that it was created with 30 years ago.

There really is something for everyone, from day-time family fun the kids will love to adults only late-night shows.

Head over to to see the full programme so you don't miss all of your favourite returning acts, as well as this year’s new talent.

The city is coming alive to welcome the buskers once again, and we can’t wait.

Make The Most Out Of Your Buskers Experience

Here are some ideas of how to enjoy a day in the city, before and after the shows.

Bread and Circus The Purple Rabbit

How To Get The Most Out Of An Evening At The World Buskers Festival

One of this year’s most anticipated returning acts, The Purple Rabbit is an adult-only, must-see show. The five-star act brings together a perfect storm of world-class misfits, with a blend of mischief, magic and mind-blowing mayhem.

Explore Purple Rabbit
Buskers With Hoops 2020

Family Day At The World Buskers Festival

For children, nothing is more exciting than experiencing all of the magic that the buskers bring to the streets of Christchurch. Discover how to get the most out of a family day at the World Buskers Festival.

Enjoy A Family Day

Bread And Circus Busker On High Rope

The Green At Te Pae Busking Pitch

The Green Busking Pitch is running shows throughout the whole festival, so be sure to check the timetable and gather your group to head along. Here are some ideas of how to enjoy a day in the city, before and after visiting The Green.

Explore The Buskers At The Green