Things to do  |  25 Nov 2019

The countdown is on to Christchurch’s Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival 2020, with tickets on sale now for some shows.

Running from 23 January to 16 February, Bread & Circus will combine a mix of hatted and ticketed shows, with a programme jam-packed with some of the best talent from across New Zealand and the world.

Over 25 days, 60 artists will deliver 40 incredible shows.

Among those performing will be Blanc de Blanc, who will be making their Christchurch debut fresh from a triumphant season in Las Vegas where they have wowed crowds with their vintage glamour, champagne cabaret and high-end acrobatics. Tickets for their shows are on sale now.

Bread & Circus will also see the New Zealand premiere of US comedian Arj Baker’s new show We Need to Talk and the long-awaited Christchurch debut of comedy trio Frickin’ Dangerous Bro.

Other acts include the musical comedic geniuses Flo & Joan, who have been performing to selll-out crowds in Melbourne, Edinburgh and London, and the three man Michael Bublé tirbute group, Shades of Bublé.

Festival organisers Strut & Fret NZ have also pulled together an impressive line-up of busking talent, including Mario Queen of the Circus, the Biggest Little Circus, and Rogan Josh.

“We’re beyond excited to bring this spectacular line-up of artists to Ōtautahi Christchurch. We’ve been thrilled to secure some really major international and local performers, and we have no doubt that the quality of the festival will be exceptionally high,’’ says Strut & Fret NZ Director Scott Maidment.

“It’s an amazing feeling seeing it all come together after so much planning. We can’t wait to see the people of Christchurch getting involved in this world-class festival.’’

This year Bread & Circus have partnered with rideshare provider Ola! to help people get to and from shows cheaply.

For those driving into the city centre for festival, free parking will be available at the Peterborough Street carpark for those with a valid Bread & Circus ticket on the same day. Festival-goers can also secure $2 off their parking from the Wilson’s Cambridge Terrace bays using the code SPIEGEL or at the Gloucester Street bays using the code ISAAC.

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