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Perfect weather today for me to enjoy the World Buskers Festival.   Daytime shows start at 11.20am, in three different venues.  I was glad I’d chosen the North Quad at the Arts Centre, because they had plenty of chairs, and some shade.  At the other venues you have to sit on the ground or take your own chair.  First up was Wacky Chad.

He soared above the crowd on a pogo stick

He soared above the crowd on a pogo stick

 

then juggled while balancing on a tall unicycle

then juggled while balancing on a tall unicycle

Chad was followed by CircOz.  This trio also performs at night as FlameOz.  Their act would be more spectacular in the dark.

Dimitri juggling with fire

Dimitri juggling with fire

 

Gracie with fiery hoops, supported by Dave

Gracie with fiery hoops, supported by Dave

These shows are definitely worth seeing, and all for a voluntary donation.  Great entertainment for any age.  The festival finishes on Sunday.

“In daytime some great people busk
some even better after dusk.”

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Today we had a chance to see the newly-opened parts of the Arts Centre.  All the restoration has been beautifully done.  I was pleased to see the mural with a drawing of the Town Crier, is still displayed in the Market Square.

Mural by Charlotte, Molly, & Samuel

Mural by Charlotte, Molly, & Samuel

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“The Arts Centre is coming back
with restoration well on track.”

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Arts Centre restoration has led to the opening up of the the old Boys’ High Gymnasium and swimming pool area.

Boys' High Gymnasium building

Boys’ High Gymnasium building

The gym is now occupied by the Free Theatre, and it looks as though there could be the possibility of outside performances in the old swimming pool area.  Prior to the earthquakes the pool was underneath a building and was used by a woodturner to store wood while it dried.

“It’s good to see this building done.
The Centre’s new life has begun.”

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The old Gymnasium at the Arts Centre can be clearly seen now that the building next to it has been demolished.

Arts Centre Gymnasium on the left

Underneath the pile of rubble lies the old swimming pool which in more recent times was used to store the wood turners’ wood as it dried out.  I took this photo from the Cheesemonger’s shop in the old Registry extension, the only part of the Centre that’s currently open.

“Our Arts Centre is sorely missed.
When will its life once more exist?”

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