SCIRT World Buskers Festival announces world class line-up
SCIRT World Buskers Festival announces world class line-up for 2015
Top buskers from around the globe will descend on Christchurch once again this summer as the 2015 SCIRT World Buskers Festival releases its line-up for the iconic annual event.
Next year’s festival is set to host 41 acts from 7 countries featuring everything from family friendly street performers and much-loved home grown talent, including The Boy with tape on His Face performing his original show, to decidedly adult world-leading burlesque artists and comedians. Hot international acts include The Vaudevillians, fresh from a sold out Broadway run, sword-swallowing Miss Behave, “bad girl of burlesque”, Roxie D’Lite and wise-cracking Indiana Jones parody Arizona Jones. New Zealand performers include 2014 Press Critic’s Choice winner Dave Ladderman’s internationally renowned Mr and Mrs Alexander with Lizzie Tollemache and Penny Ashton’s award-winning Jane Austen musical, Promise & Promiscuity.
New Festival Director, Glen Pickering, is eager to get next year’s event underway.
“It’s a thrill and honour to be working for the SCIRT World Buskers Festival and helping bring this level of entertainment to Christchurch for ten action-packed days.” says Pickering. “We’ve booked some of the best comedy and burlesque performers in the world as well as our excellent street performers and we hope there’s something to wow everyone and make them laugh. Next summer will see some great events on offer in Canterbury and we’re proud to be kicking things off.”
The 2015 festival will run from 15-25 January and continue its return to the city centre where it began. Festival venues will include a new riverside Busker Park at North Hagley Park, Market Square at the Arts Centre, two spaces at Christ College – The Press Club and Buskers Boutique theatre, Mashina Lounge at the Christchurch Casino, the CPSA Building at CPIT, The Bedford, the Botanical Gardens, and the New Brighton basketball courts.
Pickering says performing in the city centre is important to the festival: “Bringing life and laughs into the CBD is something we’re invested in, not just because it’s our history. We hope that the festival can act as a bridge to bring locals and visitors back into town and we are so excited to be coming back to the Arts Centre with an aerial act from Fuse Circus.”
The 22-year-old festival has grown dramatically since its early days to become one of the biggest and most popular street performance festivals in the world. The festival is the most popular event in Christchurch’s cultural calendar, attracting around 300,000 show attendees each year.
To see the full line-up for the 2015 festival and to secure early-release seats to make sure you don’t miss out, please visit www.worldbuskersfestival.com.