If the title of this startling event has you thinking of folksy folk united and assembled in a be-sandalled mass in the city’s squares, well, you need to think again, friend.
Beards, beads and banjo-led renditions of ‘Time In A Bottle’ will not be found here, you hear? This is a mixed-up mash-up of comedy, art, music and dance, with some heavyweight local and international performers.
Street Performer Profile: Red Trouser Show. USA David Graham and Tobin Renwick, are a high energy acrobatic, fire juggling and comedy duo. They have been performing in circuses, theaters, and busking all over America and internationally since 2000. After starting out in Circus Smirkus, an internationally acclaimed youth circus that gave them an in-depth training in multiple disciplines from world-renowned coaches, they are now sought after worldwide. Performing daily from 19-25 January all over the place. #worldbuskersfestival #buskers #wbf2018 #summer #christchurch #acrobats
This festival has a massive following, and has nearly a quarter of a century of fire-eating under its belt, along with stand-up routines, and ‘how does he do that to a rabbit?’ magic shows and... well... they promise ‘chaos’ and ‘pandemonium’, a riotous array of street performers, musicians and ‘fringe artists’ (if you’re looking to realign your bob).
It’s like the old-style, pre-screen entertainment that used to bring a crowd together – vaudeville, burlesque, trapeze artists, acrobats. Someone juggles, no doubt, too.
The city truly does come alive, and there’s such a mass of things to choose from, many of them free, and most of them family-friendly.
It’s a great way to get to know the town, too, with a bunch of its most glorious locations put to good use, from the squares to the parks, to the Town Hall and Arts Centre. There is an added poignancy to the proceedings, with Christchurch still rebuilding after that dreadful brace of earthquakes at the beginning of the decade, so while much hilarity ensues, every event you attend and pint you purchase helps the city rejuvenate, spiritually and economically.
The incredible @penash is back this year with her brilliant show OLIVE COPPERBOTTOM: A Dickensian tale of love, gin & the pox. This show won Best Musical AND Best show overall at Victoria Fringe this past year. Reviewers have called the show "electrically energetic and madly captivating". #pennyashton #dickens #worldbuskersfestival #buskers2018 #love #gin #thepox #musical #comedy #song
And really, how often can you say, hmmm, Jet Adore or Miss Behave... wrap your laughing gear around that!
Visit www.worldbuskersfestival.com for more information.