WORLDS BUSKERS FESTIVAL 2008
at Various venues, Wellington
From 17 Jan 2008 to 27 Jan 2008
Reviewed by: Lindsay Clark;
WELCOME TO THE 15TH ANNUAL WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL
To celebrate our 15th birthday we have put together a programme that is bigger, better and funnier than ever!
The 2008 World Buskers Festival is proud to boast the largest contingent of circus, street and stage acts that Christchurch has ever seen. We've got jugglers, comedians, contortionists, unicyclists, clowns, musicians, dancers, acrobats, aerialists, living statues and, dare we say, freaks!, from Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, England and, of course, New Zealand. To top it all off, New Zealand's iconic musical duo the Topp Twins are at the 08 WBF for 3 days (and nights) only, so don't miss them!
During the 2008 WBF, Victoria Square will be transformed into a three-ringed circus environment -BUSKER PARK. BUSKER PARK offers audiences the opportunity to experience great circle shows, interact with strange BEASTIES, purge themselves of a fine (or dirty) joke in THE CONFESSIONAL, get confused by our living statues or awe in amazement at our aerial shows - as the Festival expands its programme of events to include trapeze and aerial artists. Other special daytime events include the Streets Paddle Pop KID PITCH, hosted by Serena and Tumehe from What Now?, and Eureka Trust's BUSKERS AT BRIGHTON. Our night-time schedule is just as amazing with the Christchurch Airport BUSKER COMEDY CLUB, LATE NIGHT WITH THE BUSKERS at the Civic and our new event WBF SUMNER STAND-UP. Plus, our aerial arena will come alive at night as New Zealand's very own Fuse and Ireland's Tumble Circus take to the skies in a series of NIGHT SKY AERIAL PERFORMANCES.
The Festival owes its success to its sponsors and supporters. Thank you to all of you who continue to make the World Buskers Festival Christchurch's most popular and well-attended festival. Your support has enabled the size, scope and magnitude of the Festival to literally explode since its inception 15 years ago. When we first started the Festival we had eight acts and two events which drew 8000 attendees. Last year's WBF played host to more than 40 national and international acts, staged in excess of 450 shows, enjoyed the support of over 250,000 patrons and generated a whopping $3.1 million for the Canterbury region - all in just 10 days!
Here's to making the 2008 World Buskers Festival the best yet!
Jugglers, comedians, contortionists, unicyclists, clowns, musicians, dancers, acrobats, aerialists, living statues and freaks, from Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, England and New Zealand.