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Buskers festival ‘best in the world’

News release
January 28, 2008

Buskers festival ‘best in the world’

“It’s the best in the world.’’

That’s the view of Christchurch’s World Buskers Festival held by this year’s international line-up of street performers as the popular event wraps up for another year.

The 10-day event has again attracted huge crowds, lured out by the warm weather and the chance to see some of the world’s best street performers juggle, joke, and contort their way into people’s hearts.

“It’s been a wonderful 10 days,’’ says festival director Jodi Wright. “The weather has been great and people have really got into the spirit of the event. All the hard work that goes into organizing the festival is worth it when you see so many people out enjoying themselves, huge smiles on their faces.’’

It is estimated more than 290,000 people attended this year’s festival, making it the most successful festival in the event’s 15 year history.

“The calibre of the performers we had this year was exceptional and that’s reflected in the size of the crowds,’’ Jodi Wright says. “Numbers are up about 15 per cent.’’

She says it is pleasing to see people making the most of the opportunity to see the performers in action, with most attending three to four shows each.

“The challenge now is to make next year’s festival even better,’’Jodi Wright says.


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