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Christchurch’s Reimagined World Buskers Festival, Bread & Circus Kicks Off

10 January 2019

10 January 2019

10 January – 3 February 2019 | 28 days | 527 shows

The wait is over for Christchurch’s reimagined festival, Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival which opens Thursday afternoon 10 January with a bigger, bolder world-class programme of street busking, free spectacles and international acts.

Building upon the wonderfully rich and much-loved 25 year history of the World Buskers Festival, Bread & Circus integrates the old and the new along the streets of Christchurch and in a range of special venues, including a magnificent Spiegeltent and specially curated hospitality hubs around the central city. There are elements that Cantabrians know and love, and a new range of world class twists and turns that elevate the festival to a new level.

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


The Free Programme

Leave the everyday behind and indulge in a world of exciting entertainment, hilarious spectacle, and acrobatic amazement throughout the streets of the City. This year there is over 90 hours of free spectacle from 29 talented buskers from New Zealand and around the globe, double the number of busking shows than 2018. Catch your favourite street performers at:

  1. North Quad Pitch presented by Adgraphix, The Arts Centre
  2. Market Square Aerial Pitch, The Arts Centre
  3. Cathedral Square Pitch, by the Chalice
  4. Christchurch Art Gallery Pitch, Gallery Forecourt
  5. Peacock Fountain Pitch, Botanic Gardens
  6. Music Pitch - Scott Statue Park, corner of Worcester BLVD and Oxford Terrace

Behold local busking legends like The Toni Show, Garry Starlight and MulletMan, and visitors from over the ditch like Ernest the Magnifico and The Bubble Pirate, to international sensations Tumble Circus (Ireland), Pancho Libre (Mexico) and Sara Twister (Germany).

Worcester Boulevard is the spine of the festival, and the home to free roving performers – such as internationally celebrated acts Skeleton of Colour and Cocoloco – who will be strutting their stuff from the Square to the Arts Centre for the first 10 days.

The Ticketed Programme

Bread & Circus ticketed programme continues until 3 February with a programme of world-class ticketed shows within the Isaac Theatre Royal, the Assembly Hall and The Old Boys’ Theatre at Christ’s College, the Backstage Social Club at the Art’s Centre and the Festival Hub, home to the gorgeous Victoria Spiegeltent making its New Zealand debut.

Scott Maidment, Director of Strut & Fret NZ is excited to present a premium programme of international significance. “There are more free and busking performances than there have ever been and the ticketing programmes is one of the best you will find anywhere in the world. We extremely proud and excited to bring the world to Christchurch.”


New Additions
New additions include the Festival Hub, pop-up bars, delicious food, live music, interactive experiences and surprise acts. Food has also been incorporated into the Festival with a host of local producers, and some special food and performance fusions. Look out for The Feast of Fools, a moving feast of unexpected food and theatre. Bread & Circus has transformed the Arts Centre Gym into the Backstage Social Club, a place for performances and the social hub of the festival, where you’ll can meet performers and hang out with the crew.

The festival will attract a diverse audience of Cantabrians, New Zealanders and international visitors to engage with, and explore, the revitalised city of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Loren Heaphy, General Manager of Destination and Attraction for ChristchurchNZ says, High profile events like Bread & Circus are vital to our city of opportunity and exploration. Our people love being entertained at them and they bring long-term benefits as they raise our national and global profile and add significant value to our growing economy. ChristchurchNZ is enormously proud of the bold programme that has been unveiled for this iconic event, which has been refreshed and re-aligned to our city’s new major event strategy.”

For the full programme and to purchase tickets visit www.breadandcircus.co.nz