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The buskers are back 

8 December 2022

The Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival is coming back better than ever this summer, celebrating 30 years of entertaining the crowds of Ōtautahi, Christchurch. Words Hannah Brown

The Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival is making its return in January 2023, with 17 days of festival celebrations from breath-taking busking, to Festival Galas, and Silent Disco tours.  

For 30 years, the festival has been enjoyed by Cantabrians, and summer travellers.  

On turning 30, Festival Director Scott Maidment says, “Busking is a timeless artform that is accessible, surprising, and full of fun.” 

He says, “the secret of the World Buskers’ Festival’s success lies in these elements, along with the joy the festival has always brought to the streets of Christchurch at a time when people are relaxing – on a summer go-slow – and often looking for unique experiences and things to do with kids.” 

Karena Finnie, Head of Major Events ChristchurchNZ says, “We’re excited to be bringing back the flair and fun of the Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival to the city after several years of Covid impact. For our residents and visitors alike they will have a joyous few weeks to laugh, play and enjoy being entertained in the amazing spaces around our beautiful city.”  

Street buskers returning include crowd favourites Laser Kiwi, Pedro Tochas, Fraser Hooper, Kozo Kaos, Sport Suzie, Paul Klass, and fifty-five times Guinness World Record holder, Space Cowboy – who last appeared in the festival in 2013. 

New talent this year include modern clown duo The Twins Trip, the award-winning and action-packed spy-fi comedy show, and Jason Maher street magician. 

Special events include the famous Festival Galas at the Isaac Theatre Royal, The fizzy Bread & Circus Brewery Tour, and free evening performances with Trevor Jones at the Piano Bar in The Parlour at OGB. 

New in 2023, is the Silent Disco Walking Tour, where crowds of participants will dance through the streets lead by their energetic host. 

Plus, for those looking for a comedy special, check out the premiere of the world’s first wine tasting comedy show, An Idiot’s Guide to Wine, where each audience member tastes six New Zealand wines while comedian and wine expert Merrick Watts tells jokes along the way. 

“We’re always looking for new and exciting ways to amaze and engage with audiences, and this new creation brings up-close to a new level – you won’t believe your eyes” says Scott Maidment. 

For more information on the Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival, click here.

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