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Five world class busking acts have been picked from more than 50 hopefuls and are set to amaze crowds at Buskerburgoo, Nelson’s Buskers and Street Theatre Series, Thursday 7 February to Sunday 10 February.
Summer Festivals Director Sophie Kelly says a tough selection process has resulted in a fantastic line up of street entertainment soon to hit Nelson city.
“We’ve got a real mix of classic street theatre and out there busking entertainment from all corners of the globe. It’s really difficult choosing just five acts from such high calibre busking talent but we think we’ve managed to select the very best of the best.”
All the way from Ireland comes sword swallower Murray Molloy; then there’s Ernest the Magnifico (Australia) featuring a high-flying stuntcar, a heart stopping pogostick and a hilarious comic persona, and Minnie Maniac, from our very own shores, combining world class hula hoop skills with infectious enthusiasm.
Dado from Canada is a unique silent clown act, allegedly swallowing table-tennis ball, balloons and even little dogs, and delightful Jessica Arpin (Spain) will perform acrobatics on her faithful yellow bicycle in a love story about her new homeland.
You can see these performers at the top of Trafalgar Street on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February, 11am to 2.30pm, and Saturday 9 February, 10.30am to 2pm.
For something a little more risqué, head along to R18 cabaret show When Buskers Go Bad, at The Boathouse, the evenings of Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February. Tickets on sale at Everyman in Hardy Street or online at www.everyman.co.nz.
Buskerburgoo finishes with two nights of family friendly entertainment on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February, 6pm at Fairfield Park. Bring cushions, low chairs and cash to reward these energetic world class acts. Previously held at the Church Steps, the venue has changed so it doesn’t clash with the Adam Chamber Music Festival being held at the Cathedral.
Organisers encourage Nelsonians to give generously.
“Buskers love coming to our festival as they always get such a positive response. Nelsonians are known to give generously when they like what they see,” says Ms Kelly.
Buskerburgoo is part of Nelson City Council’s Summer in Nelson programme, produced as a celebration for locals and an added attraction for visitors.
For the full programme including busker profiles, visit www.nelsonfestivals.co.nz