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Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival

Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival

Christchurch’s Reimagined World Buskers Festival 2019 Dates Revealed

Strut & Fret and ChristchurchNZ are thrilled to announce the 2019 dates for Christchurch’s reimagined festival, Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival.

Bread & Circus will run from 10 January – 3 February 2019. The festival kicks off with an intensive 10-day program full of exciting free events, exceptional ticketed shows, large-scale spectacle and world-famous busking pitches. The ticketed program and festival hub will then extend into February.

In celebration of its history, Bread & Circus builds upon Christchurch’s much-loved World Buskers Festival, amplifying it with world class twists and turns. Accessible street acts will maintain the heart of the old festival, with the addition of immersive and top-of-the-line performances from local, national and international talent propelling the festival and the city onto the world stage.

The festival will attract a diverse audience of Cantabrians, New Zealanders and international visitors to engage with the revitalised city of Ōtautahi Christchurch. Festival audiences should ‘expect the unexpected’ with the full programme launched and tickets on sale early October 2018.

Scott Maidment, Director of Strut & Fret is excited to present a premium programme of international significance, along the streets and inside the theatres of Christchurch that gives everyone the chance to engage in the extraordinary experience. “We are committed to creating a festival in Christchurch that celebrates the unique and diverse range of New Zealand arts, alongside a carefully curated and complementary line-up of international arts,” says Maidment.

Linda Falwasser from ChristchurchNZ says; “There are many surprises in store for the 2019 festival that we can’t wait to reveal in October. In the meantime, stay tuned for exciting new announces coming up about unique ways to explore and get involved in the festival.”

Audiences can stay up to date with exciting festival announcements by subscribing to the festival newsletter at www.breadandcircus.co.nz. This year, 20 lucky subscribers to the festival newsletter will be randomly selected to become ‘Toast of the Town’ VIPs for the 2019 festival. Perks include express festival entry, exclusive ticketing discounts and special tailored surprises throughout the 2019 festival. The lucky few will be announced on Monday 2 July.


About Strut & Fret
Strut & Fret create world-class events in dynamic environments which engage, enthral and excite audiences globally. With over 20 years’ experience, this internationally acclaimed company has created and delivered work across the breadth of public and community events, corporate functions, festival precincts, street theatre, comedy, dance, drama, circus, theatre and spectacle. Strut & Fret has partnered to deliver outstanding events with a wide range of entities such as Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival, New Zealand Arts Festival, Melbourne Festival, Christchurch Arts Festival, Auckland Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Southbank Centre London and many more.


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