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World Buskers Festival

When:

Thu 22 Jan 2009–Sun 1 Feb 2009, 11:00am–11:45pm

Where: Various - Christchurch, Christchurch CBD, Christchurch

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: LMB

The 2009 Eureka Trust World Buskers Festival is pleased to present a spectacular line-up of circus, street and comedic talent from as far away as Argentina, Israel, the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia to as close as the fun, familiar and expansive shores of Aotearoa / New Zealand.

From jugglers and contortionists to unicycles, clowns, musicians, aerialists, living statues, sideshow artists and acrobatics, the 2009 Eureka Trust WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL presents the 'real deal' when it comes to street theatre. Be it Canadian acrobatic duo LES VITAMINES; the RUSSIAN BAR TRIO; podiatric sandwich maker ROB WILLIAMS; funny freak SAM WILLS; clowns FRASER HOOPER and clown LOTO; NINO RETRETE; Australia's MR FISH; SPACE COWBOY; DAREDEVIL CHICKEN CLUB; REUBEN DOTDOTDOT; pint sized contortionist BENDY EM; the world's smallest banjo circus orchestra CLOGHOPPERS; stuntman extraordinaire SLACKWIRE SAM; Guinness World Record Holder YO YO GUY; Israeli aerialists CIRQUE NO PROBLEM; vaudevillians THE PITTS; SWANK; RUBBERBAND BOY; MULLETMAN; New Zealand's FUSE Circus; CANDY D'LITE; MR BIRDBRAIN; OLLI, DOLLY and LIGHTENING LOU; magnificent acrobatic talent HEIR OF INSANITY; THE GARGOYLE; roving operatic duo THE PRIVY COUNCIL; Canadian improviser extraordinaire DEREK FLORES; aerialists SKYE BROBERG and JULIE LAVERGNE and MISS SATURN'S HULA HOOP FEDERATION from the USA - the 2009 WBF is absolutely jam-packed with ten days and eleven nights of fun, frivolity, non-stop fun and rather groovy moves from our festival dancers.

The 2009 Eureka Trust WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL also boasts the largest contingent of New Zealand stand-up comedians the Festival has ever seen. STEVE WRIGLEY, BEN HURLEY and JAMIE BOWEN make their WBF debut at the WBF SUMNER STAND-UP series - hosted in 2009 by Christchurch's own PENNY ASHTON. TE RADAR and Australian comic MICKEY D round-out the regulars at iSite LATE NIGHT WITH THE BUSKERS and MICHELE A'COURT, IRENE PINK and JUSTINE SMITH (aka THE LADY BUNCH) hit the Casino for five nights of laughs in the Diamond Bar.

Once again Victoria Square will serve as the host venue to the Festival's BUSKER PARK; home of the VBASE Stage (Amphitheatre); Q Brand AERIAL STAGE (with a mix of circle and aerial shows daily); THE CONFESSIONAL; WBF PEEP SHOW; various roving and statue acts; the NIGHT SKY AERIAL SHOWS and the BUSKER PARK ANGELS. We've also got daily street shows in Cathedral Square, the Streets Paddle Pop BUSKER KID PITCH at the Peacock Fountain, Botanic Gardens and, of course, there's always the crowd-pleasing BUSKERS AT BRIGHTON.

Our night time event schedule gets bigger and better than ever in 2009! We've got the CIAL BUSKER COMEDY CLUB; iSite LATE NIGHT WITH THE BUSKERS at The Civic; an extended season of 2008's smash hit WBF SUMNER STAND-UP series and don't forget THE LADY BUNCH AT THE CASINO! The Eureka Trust WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL is one of the largest and best festivals of its type in the world. Each year the festival brings an atmosphere of fun and excitement to the city and each year we aim to provide you with a line-up of talent that thrills and delights - this year will be no exception! So hats off to our fantastic sponsors, supporters and to making the 2009 Eureka Trust WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL the highlight of your year!