We can’t believe it either! But, yep, we’re turning 20 and to celebrate we’ve got a festival that ticks every box and every funny bone. A spectacular line up of international acts featuring a selection of ‘old school’ and ‘new school’ street performers and a few indoor shows that promise to make our 20th a festival no one should miss. Expect the usual (and the unusual) fun, laughs galore and a whole lot of nonsense – everything the SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL is known for.

We’ve got more shows than ever this year to celebrate our 20th birthday and you’re in luck - to beat the queues and secure your seats early to some of the hottest shows in town we’re pre-releasing a limited run of seats in exchange for your very generous donation! Remember this is a buskers festival and the only way these guys earn their living is to trust that honest people like yourselves will pay them what they deserve! Where else can you see world-class international performances for just $15?? That’s why we’ve added the ‘your choice’ donation option – we’ve made it a whole lot easier to donate even more to your favourite act online! And why wouldn’t you – you’ve helped to create one of the most successful street performance festivals in the world! So live it up and get the credit card out – it is our 20th birthday after all!

The festival has something for everyone this year with nightly shows at BUSKER PARK – North Hagley Park, including MOVING STATIONERY (All Ages), GAMARJOBAT (R16), SAMMY J & RANDY (R16), LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT (R16), Hirepool NOTHING BUT STAND UP (R18), iSite LATE NIGHT WITH THE BUSKERS (R18), as well as the ever popular BUSKERS BURLESQUE (R18). You can also secure your spot in advance to two of our newest shows – Keith Preene’s GOLDEN GOOSE BINGO (R16) at the Summer Pallet Pavillion and the time travelling dance party that is HOT DUB TIME MACHINE (R18) presented by Cassels & Sons at THE PARK, Woolston. Be in quick – once these pre-release seats are gone the only way to grab a seat will be to line up on the day of the show at the WBF BOOKINGS BOOTH in North Hagley Park from 11am.

If you want to catch the SCIRT BUSKER COMEDY CLUB (R16) from the posh side of the stage there are a number of reserved tables available - these include tables for 4 people, with a platter and a bottle of Stoneleigh wine. Get in quick, there are a limited amount available!

The SCIRT World Buskers Festival has grown up. Not only are we the largest outdoor festival in New Zealand, we’re one of the biggest and most successful street performance festivals in the world. Perhaps it’s the juggling, the magic, or the non- stop funny. We’re not really sure, but what we are sure of is that we love creating this festival just as much as Christchurch loves having it. So join us 17 - 27 January as we celebrate 20 years of Buskers Festival fun with a million laughs and lots more!


Tour Name Start Date End Date

MOVING STATIONERY (All ages) presented by MWH Mainzeal

Moving Stationery is a multi-award winning solo physical comedy created and performed by T...

17 January 2013 26 January 2013


Step aboard the HOT DUB TIME MACHINE, the world's first time travelling dance party! A se...

23 January 2013 25 January 2013


Cabaret style, comedic circus outdoor variety show hosted by the The Topp Twins (17 & 18 J...

17 January 2013 26 January 2013

Keith Preene's GOLDEN GOOSE BINGO (R16) presented by Adgraphix

The Golden Goose comedy bingo show makes its debut at the festival especially for our 20th...

18 January 2013 26 January 2013