Top busker acts sure to delight

00:00, Jan 28 2013
Murray Molloy.
DEEP THROAT: Sword swallower Murray Molloy.

Nelsonians can look forward to top entertainment by buskers in the city's streets next week.

Summer Festivals director Sophie Kelly said five world-class busking acts had been picked from more than 50 hopefuls and were set to delight crowds at Buskerburgoo, Nelson's Buskers and Street Theatre Series, from February 7 to 10.

"We've got a real mix of classic street theatre and busking entertainment from all corners of the globe. It's really difficult choosing just five acts from such high-calibre busking talent, but we think we've managed to select the best."

Murray Molloy.

Those chosen include sword swallower Murray Molloy, from Ireland; Ernest the Magnifico, from Australia, featuring a high-flying stunt car, a heart-stopping pogostick and a hilarious comic persona; and Minnie Maniac, a Kiwi who combines world-class hula-hoop skills with infectious enthusiasm.

Dado, from Canada, is a silent clown act, who allegedly swallows a table-tennis ball, balloons and even little dogs. Jessica Arpin, from Spain, will perform acrobatics on her faithful yellow bicycle in a love story about her new homeland.

They will perform at the top of Trafalgar St on Thursday and Friday next week from 11am to 2.30pm, and on Saturday, February 9, from 10.30am to 2pm.

The R18 cabaret show When Buskers Go Bad will be at The Boathouse on two evenings. Tickets are on sale at Everyman in Hardy St or online at

Buskerburgoo will finish with two nights of family entertainment on Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, at 6pm at Fairfield Park.

The full programme including busker profiles, is at