Buskers gather for Boulevard festival

DARING ACT: Nick of All Trades will create a stir.
DARING ACT: Nick of All Trades will create a stir.

The streets will be paved with entertainment and illusion.

The Orewa Boulevard is welcoming the first Boulevard of Buskers event from January 31 to February 2. The three-day weekend organised by Destination Orewa Beach will draw buskers from across the country and globe to perform at Moana Reserve, Hillary Square and at the Orewa Night Markets.

"The concept came from the International Busker's Festival held in major cities," Destination Orewa Beach operations manager Hellen Wilkins says.

"The festival is interactive, spontaneous, colourful and bursting with the unexpected."

The lineup so far includes acro-balance and strength performers, magicians, jugglers, slapstick humour, squeezing bodies through tennis racquets, clowns and more.

Performers include the Blinging Brothers, Sports Suzie, Nick of All Trades, acrobats Rowan Ford-Dawson and Derryn French.

"Each performer will entertain for around 45 minutes, followed by two or three others in each location," Mrs Wilkins says. The first show will be incorporated into the Orewa Night markets under The Nautilus car park.

"Any purchase made in Orewa for the duration of the festival, from noon on 31 January to midnight on February 2, goes in the draw to win a Canon camera package valued at $500. Shoppers need to retain their receipt, text "Buskers" and their email address to 244 to be in to win."

Watch from an adjacent cafe, or bring a picnic to the party.

"Street performing is one of the most honest of entertainment - it allows you to watch the show, and then decide how much to pay into the hat for all that laughter and amazement," Mrs Wilkins says.

Organisers are encouraging onlookers to come prepared to help reward riveting entertainers.

Contact Hellen Wilkins, phone 021 412 613 or email hellen@orewabeach.co.nz for more information.

Rodney Times