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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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This one-woman show by Penny Ashton is not to be missed.  It contains 33 quotes from Jane Austen.  All the rest has been written by Penny, who cleverly plays eight different characters, in a non-stop romp.  It’s part of the World Buskers’ Festival, and will be showing nightly until 24 January at the Old Boys’ Theatre, Christ’s College.  The first night audience thoroughly enjoyed every minute.  Make sure you take some cash to augment the low ticket price.

“There’s music, dancing, language too
with fun and laughter all way through.”

 

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Sign about busking

Are Buskers welcome or not?

Whoever drafted the wording for this sign could definitely have done better!  Presumably those buskers who are officially part of the festival are allowed, but you wouldn’t know it from reading this sign.

“If you’re a busker, you might be
confused unto the nth degree.”

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The Asphalt Brothers Skiffle Band provided entertainment while I ate my lunch, part of the World Buskers’ Festival.  I’ve seen them before and enjoy their variety of Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Country music.

Asphalt Brothers Skiffle Band

Asphalt Brothers Skiffle Band

They play a variety of instruments, even a washboard, and they have a topical song about the Earthquake Commission.  We’re lucky to have such a great local band.

“Some buskers come from far away
I hope these ones are here to stay.”

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The Buskers’ Festival starts tomorrow, and a large inflatable dome is to be erected in Cathedral Square as one of the venues.  When they started to put it up they discovered there were several holes in the anchor ring, and these have to be fixed before it can be inflated.

Preparations for the World Buskers' Festival

The dome looked a bit sad yesterday morning, but it should be up in time for the opening acts.  The other sad thing is that the forecast is for drizzle for the next few days.  I think we may need our umbrellas while we watch the performers.

“Whether the day be fine or wet
we’ll see some marv’lous acts, I bet.”

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