Nelson Buskers Festival ready to take over Nelson

Buskers, Mat Ricardo, front, Alakazam Al Millar and Kamikaze Fireflies  Alakazam Casey Martin hold  into Rob Williams,  ...
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Buskers, Mat Ricardo, front, Alakazam Al Millar and Kamikaze Fireflies Alakazam Casey Martin hold into Rob Williams, are all here for the Nelson Buskers Festival.

This year's Nelson Buskers Festival is about to get bendy with US busker Alakazam Al Millar 'The Human Knot' performing a mix of circus and twisted comedy.

Nelson City Council festivals team leader Axel de Maupeou said Alakazam "can fit in my toolbox, he's like a swiss knife made human".

Organisers say the public can expect four days filled with mind blowing tricks such as fire hoops, knife balancing, body bends, twists and much more.

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De Maupeou said people should come to the shows to see the true skills these buskers had. 

"It's hard to put in writing things that are so visually important.

"On one side there's the performing skills and on the other side there's how they bring the audience into the performance. That is absolutely fantastic."

Buskers Alakazam Al Millar, left, Mat Ricardo and Kamikaze Fireflies Casey Martin and Rob Williams who are here for the ...
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Buskers Alakazam Al Millar, left, Mat Ricardo and Kamikaze Fireflies Casey Martin and Rob Williams who are here for the Nelson Buskers Festival.

The five performers joining forces for this year's Nelson Buskers Festival are Alakazam Al Millar 'The Human Knot' from the USA, New Zealand's Biggest Little Circus, Kamikaze Fireflies Casey Martin and Rob Williams from the US, magician Mat Ricardo from the United Kingdom and Mighty Mike Johns from Canada. 

All the buskers were from English speaking countries, making this year's festival a very interactive one. 

De Maupeou said the buskers would show off amazing expect feats of strength, escapology, acrobatics and juggling fire high above Trafalgar St on a giant frame.

"We have solos, duets and trios and it's really great to have that variety of performances here in Nelson."

De Maupeou said the buskers would perform at Mapua Wharf for the first time this year, as well as on Trafalgar St and at Fairfield Park. 

The top of Trafalgar St will come alive with family friendly koha street performances during Buskers on Trafalgar on Thursday and Friday from 11am to 2:30pm, and again on Saturday from 10:30 to 2pm.

Two cabaret evenings at the Boathouse, tomorrow and Friday, allow the buskers to get a bit more risque and let down their hair in adults only shows.

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For a more relaxed family affair the actors will perform at Buskers at Fairfield Park on Saturday and Sunday evening. In case of wet weather the event will be moved to Nelson College Hall. 

Buskers as Mapua Wharf will have the buskers perform by the water for koha on Sunday February 5 from 11am to 2:30pm. For more information visit the Nelson City Council's website.

 

 - Stuff

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