New friends and old favourites feature in Christchurch’s World Buskers Festival 2020

A stellar lineup packed with new shows has been announced for the 2020 edition of Christchurch summertime spectacle Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival.

The festival, which runs from January 23 to February 16, 2020, will feature a mix of ‘hatted’ and ticketed shows, with a programme jam-packed with some of the best talent from Aotearoa and across the world – 60 artists will deliver 40 shows across 25 action-packed days.

Headline show Blanc de Blanc will make its Christchurch debut fresh from a triumphant season in Las Vegas, with an extravaganza of vintage glamour, champagne cabaret and high-end acrobatics. From the mad geniuses behind last year’s hit show LIMBO, this is an absolute must-see (leave the kids at home for this one though!). Blanc de Blanc tickets are on sale now.

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Among the other highlights, watch out for the obscenely beautiful and deliciously filfy Reuben Kaye, the New Zealand premiere of US comedian Arj Barker’s (Flight of the Conchords) new show We Need to Talk, local legend Chris Parker, musical comedic geniuses Flo & Joan (straight from sold-out shows in Melbourne, Edinburgh and London), alongside a comedy set by none other than Deacon the Vampire, crowd favourite from the film What We Do In The Shadows. In addition, don’t miss the long awaited Christchurch debut of comedy trio Frickin’ Dangerous Bro, and prepare to be wooed by the three-man Michael Bublé tribute group Shades of Bublé, starring Adam Rennie, who dazzled Christchurch in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.


Arj Barker

It wouldn’t be a buskers festival without a world-class lineup of street theatre. This year, long-time festival darlings such as Mario Queen of the Circus and the Biggest Little Circus will be thrown into the pitch with new blood Hannah Cryle, Rogan Josh and Sublimit.

If it’s food and drink you’re after, Bread & Circus will provide exciting options from local providers at the Festival Hub and Market Square. Festival-goers can also expect an array of discounts, secret menu items and extended opening hours from local establishments for the duration of the festival. The ever-popular festival galas will return to the Isaac Theatre Royal, as will the immersive long-table dining event Feast of Fools, set to move around iconic Christchurch locations. Or upgrade your Waitangi weekend with the Buskers Brewery Tour – join beer aficionado Keith Preene on the Circus Bus and be entertained while visiting Christchurch’s top breweries.


Flo & Joan

Scott Maidment, director of Strut & Fret NZ, is excited to announce the programme, building on the success of the 2019 festival.

“We’re beyond excited to bring this spectacular lineup of artists to Ōtautahi Christchurch. We’ve been thrilled to secure some really major international and local performers, and we have no doubt that the quality of the festival will be exceptionally high.

“It’s an amazing feeling seeing it all come together after so much planning,” Maidment said. “We can’t wait to see the people of Christchurch getting involved in this world-class festival.”

Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival
January 23 – February 16, 2020

Image: Pamela Raith Photography