Coming up at the end of January is the annual Auckland International Buskers Festival. This awesome four day event is a highlight of the annual Auckland events calendar and one that we recommend getting down to if you are in Auckland over the last weekend of the month from the 27-30 January.
This year’s Buskers Festival also coincides with Auckland Anniversary weekend so the city promises to be absolutely buzzing with heaps of things going on. This will be the sixteenth time that the best buskers from around the world have descended on Auckland and this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. Whether you want to see acrobats and jugglers, contortionists and hula hoop artists, comedians and more – Auckland is the place to be!
Where can I get involved with the Auckland Buskers Festival?
The festival is held on Auckland Waterfront area and Lower Queen Street which helps to create an awesome atmosphere. If you want to stay in the heart of the action, the Hotel Grand Windsor is the perfect destination to base yourself for the long weekend. You can check out all the festival locations on the map below:
The festival starts on Friday 27 January and all shows begin from 12pm and run through ‘til late at night. The festival will culminate on Auckland Anniversary Day, Monday 30 January.
What does it cost to see a performance?
The beauty of the Auckland Buskers Festival is that it’s completely up to you how much you want to pay. All the buskers playing at the festival are literally earning their keep out on the street and rely on ‘passing the hat’. When the hat comes to you, simply decide how much you enjoyed the performance and donate whatever you want into the hat.
The best thing to do is empty your piggy bank, swear jar or down the sides of the sofa and fill your pockets with change. The more shows you go to, the more you will get out of the festival so give generously and think how much you might pay for a similar show in a theatre of circus.
Who’s playing at Auckland International Buskers Festival 2017?
There will be lots of performances to explore at this year’s festival for you to enjoy. Here are some of the top performers:
- Alakazam “The Human Knot” – USA
- Mr Qwirk – NZ
- Bikerina – Germany
- Jamey Mossengren – USA
- Mat Ricardo – UK
For a full list of performers, please visit the Auckland International Buskers Festival website. You can also find the full schedule on the site which is expected to be published in mid-January.
The Auckland International Buskers Festival is a favourite amongst all our staff based in Auckland and with this year’s festival falling on Auckland Anniversary weekend, it promises to be a big one this year! Don’t miss out, get your accommodation booked today and enjoy the awesome long weekend with some great live performances.
*All images credit Auckland International Buskers Festival website