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21 December 2018

Weird, wild and wonderful – What you really need to know about at Bread & Circus, World Buskers Festival.

With just over three weeks until Christchurch’s reimagined World Buskers Festival begins, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the unusual, and unmissable talent that will be burning up the stages at Bread & Circus.

Running from 10 January – 3 February 2019, the festival kicks off with an intensive 10-day program of free events, exceptional ticketed shows, large-scale spectacles and world-famous buskers. The ticketed program and festival hub will then extend into February. 2019’s festival is bigger and bolder than ever before, with 527 performances in total. A total of 52 acts will perform, with 28 theatrical, comedic and acrobatic superstars from around the globe. Read on for the skinny on what not to miss…

  • If it’s good enough for Madonna…the ‘Queen of Pop’ saw headlining show LIMBO twice during its six-month stint in London. Inviting you into a sinister netherworld of gutchurning contortion, breath-taking feats and jaw-dropping stunts, LIMBO has seduced audiences worldwide with its intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics. Keep an eye out for famous sword swallower Heather Holliday, the only person in the world to swallow a curved ‘mermaid’ sword. LIMBO runs from 8.30pm every night of the festival in the magnificent Speigeltent. Tickets from $35.
  • The most talked about and viewed Ted Talks of all time? Not Tony Robbins, but Tom Thum’s infamous beatboxing performance. With 67 million views and counting – Bread & Circus is your chance to see what all the fuss is about. Beatboxer extraordinaire Tom will be performing alongside singer-song writer Jamie McDowell. See Jamie McDowell and Tom Thum at 7pm on January 25 - 27 in the Speigeltent. Tickets from $35.
  • Boasting 100 million online views, appearances on America’s Got Talent and Fool Us, as a supporting act for Mumford & Sons, sold out shows across the US and Canada and a residency at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip, Piff the Magic Dragon (John Van Der Put) is going to be a sell out show. His co-star Mr Piffles is the world’s only know magic performing Chihuahua. See Piff the Magic Dragon at 9.15pm on January 11 - 20 at the Christ’s College Assembly Hall. Tickets from $40.
  • From Portugal’s Got Talent to Christchurch’s boulevards, Busker Pedro Tochas – infamous for his Sculptor Clown show, is also a judge on the Portuguese version of the popular show. Creating a silent movie before your eyes, Pedro weaves a tale of immortal love, heroes, villains and…balloon sculpting. Pedro will be busking from January 11 - 20 at various busking pitches around the city. Check out www.breadandcircus.co.nz for more details on his daily location.
  • One for the Potter fans, Kevin Quantum, Scotland’s Magician/Scientist hybrid holds the Guinness World Record for the BIGGEST ever magic lesson - held at Fettes College in Edinburgh; the building that inspired JK Rowling’s image of Hogwarts in front of an audience of 1,500 strong. Quantum was also the first ever magician to perform at the Globe Theatre in London. Kevin Quantam will be performing at 7pm from January 29 - February 3 at the Spiegltent. Tickets from $35.
  • Pascal Ackerman, a member of The Revolver Club, holds the Guinness World Record for the most fire eaten in a minute. Ackerman set the record by extinguishing a massive 69 fire torches in his mouth in just 60 seconds. Promising one of the best nights you’ve ever had, join Ackermann at The Revolver Club at 8.00pm from January 24 - February 3 at The Backstage Social Club – Arts Centre. Tickets from $35.
  • To view the full festival programme and purchase tickets, please visit www.breadandcircus.co.nz.