HOW IT ALL STARTED...
The idea and initiative to stage the World Buskers Festival came
about because a group of local street performers were very vocal
about their exclusion from festivals such as the Festival of
Romance. They wanted a festival they, and other artists like them,
could feature in so over many planning meetings, and too many
coffees, Vicki Buck (Mayor of Christchurch) and Jodi Wright
(Director of The Festival of Romance) hatched a plan to create an
international Street Performance festival for the city of
After much more discussions they decided to name the event the
World Buskers Festival - a name with a statement of intent. The
first World Buskers Festival was staged in January 1994.
Over the following years the event grew and grew to become one
of the most known and best street performance festivals of its
kind. Throughout the past 23 years over 1000 different performers
have come to Christchurch to make people laugh, gasp and to
entertain them with their hijinkx.
As time went on the World Buskers Festival started to evolve.
The introduction of night shows such as Stand-up comedy began to
today where there is a full night time line-up of fringe and
variety style shows.
On September 2010 Christchurch was rocked by a 7.1 earthquake
and while causing destruction no loss of life occured and the
festival returned to the streets in January the following year. The
festival had wrapped up when no less than one month later the
devastating February 22 Earthquake hit which destroyed the central
city and any pitches/sites that were there.
In 2012 the World Buskers Festival moved to its new home as part
of Hagley Park. Taking over the entire park it became Busker Park.
The World Buskers Festival remains there to this day but will one
day take back the streets in the central city.