So many acts, so little time – the buskers are in Christchurch from January 23 for the Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival. The festival will unleash a wealth of local and international talent when it takes over the city for a massive 24 days. The extravaganza will play host to a smorgasbord of heavy hitters on the entertainment scene and to help you choose from the action-packed programme, we bring you our top 10 picks.
BLANC DE BLANC
A cabaret show like no other, Blanc de Blanc brings acrobatics, vintage glamour and titillating acts that will infatuate and delight you. This high-end spectacle will have you wowing.
MODERN MĀORI QUARTET
They’re suave, seductive and smooth as silk. Prepare to be spellbound by the Modern Māori Quartet, who channel the revival of ‘rat pack’ showband entertainment of bygone eras with a proud heritage of Māori traditions.
FRICKIN DANGEROUS BRO
Bringing classic Kiwi humour to the table, this cocky comedy trio will bring together their well-crafted writing, poor acting skills and hilarious wit. Expect a unique, multi-cultural and funny point of view.
BUSKERS BREWERY TOUR
Less of a performance and more of a tiki tour of the city’s finest breweries, the Buskers Brewery Tour will be led by beer aficionado Keith Preene. Join the bus full of buskers and be entertained as the double-decker takes you for a few cheeky bevvys.
FEAST OF FOOLS
Expect the unexpected at this masked moving feast. Think medieval banquet meets adult Alice in Wonderland – that’s about the only hint you’re getting!
This Japanese comic is mind-bogglingly bonkers and will have you laughing at every cheeky and imaginative moment. You won’t find any chit-chat here, just physical comedy and loads of interactive moments.
MAVERICKS – DAREDEVIL CHICKEN AND MISS BEHAVE
This mixed bag of a show will leave you scratching your head. Each show is different and will present a lucky dip of favourite routines and renegade numbers.
FLO AND JOAN
These comedic sisters perform some dark and waggish songs that are sure to make you giggle. Expect songs about anything from saving the bees to meeting men and drinking too much.
SHADES OF BUBLÉ
The sweet, soothing sounds of the Grammy Award-winning Michael Bublé will be performed by a trio. The dazzling renditions will include some smooth dance moves, tight harmonies and dashing good looks.
Be taken to another universe with Ratzke’s new show Where Are We Now, which will dive into the universe of iconic pop legend David Bowie. This intimate show will also feature the sweet sounds of acclaimed piano man Christian Pabst.
Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival
Various locations around Christchurch, 23 Jan – 16 Feb, 2020