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Search on for best young buskers

News release
November 16, 2011

Search on for best young buskers

The hunt is on for the best young buskers in all the land.

The Stronger Christchurch World Buskers Festival needs talented children who love entertaining to take part in the Telecom Be a Busker competition.

The competition offers children aged between six and 14 the chance to star in the coming festival, alongside some of the best street performers in the world. The winner will also be profiled on What Now in March.

“We know there are some really talented youngsters out there and we want to give them a chance to shine,” says Jo Blair, the festival’s executive director. “If you’ve got children who love to sing, dance, juggle or just play the clown make a video of them and send it in to us. We’ll select the best 12 acts and invite them to perform at the festival.’’

The Telecom Be a Busker competition is just one of the many kid-friendly events planned as part of the 2012 festival which begins in Christchurch on January 20 and promises to deliver fun for the whole family.

The Tip Top Buskers Kid Pitch, in the Botanic Gardens, will offer entertainment tailor made for young children and their families every day of the festival from 11am.
Among those lined up to perform at the Kids Pitch are Minnie Maniac, who can do amazing things with a hoola-hoop, Benny B, who loves clowning around, and Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, whose show is jam-packed with cool circus tricks.
Gem and Adam from What Now will also be appearing at the Kids Pitch along with Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy, Devil Dan and a host of other talented acts.

“We’ve got a great line-up of acts that not only the kids but the whole family will enjoy,’’ says artistic director Jodi Wright. “This festival is always very popular with families so we’ve worked really hard to ensure that we have acts on stage throughout the day that will keep the kids smiling and laughing.

“And of course this year we’ve also added the Telecom Be a Busker competition to the festival programme so that children can have the chance to experience what it is like to be a busker. We’re really excited to see what the kids come up with – I’m sure we will unearth a future star,” Ms Wright says.

Details on how to enter the Telecom Be a Busker competition can be found online at

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