Christchurch is rocking again but this time with laughter as the annual World Buskers Festival takes center stage this week.
More than 50 highly versatile and talented buskers from around the world are setting up their pitch and strutting their stuff in some of the most colorful, musical, and flexible ways.
From contortionists to ventriliquists, knife throwers to knife swallowers, jugglers to dancers, rappers to hip hop, they have put one aim – to get people smiling and shaking with laughter.
Past years have seen street performers from around the world set up their portable stages in Cathedral Square, the City Mall, and the Art Center.
But in post-earthquake Christchurch, that’s just not possible.
Instead, the organizers has created a mini-village in Hagley Park (the city’s new ‘cultural’ city center), complete with numerous stages, stalls, and even a ‘container’ garden wine bar.
This year’s line up includes many of the city’s favorites – Mullethead, Rubberband Boy, and the open-air Street Circus – name but a few.
There’s even a small 52 seat theater tent (Le Tigre Bleu) set amongst the trees. Close to show times, an old-time carnival barker entices the crowds to enter, promising everything from mime to burlesque.
If this doesn’t get the people of Christchurch shaking with laughter, I’m not sure what will.