A walk on life's funny side

SASHA BORISSENKO
Last updated 13:00 31/01/2014
Chris Peters
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DOING HIS BIT: Funny Bones performer Chris Peters from the UK during his busking performance on Trafalgar Street.

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Nelsonians are invited to be entertained as internationally acclaimed buskers come to town.

The Buskers & Street Theatre series kicked off yesterday in Trafalgar St, where performances around the city will be running until Sunday.

Following months of preparation, Nelson City Council festival director Sophie Kelly said she was delighted to have such a high calibre of local and international acts coming to Nelson.

While the city council financially assisted the acts to come to Nelson, their earnings had to be made from what they were given by the public.

While it was still early days, it was obvious to see that Nelsonians were really impressed.

In previous years the first day was often slow, she said.

A solid crowd of more than 50 people viewed the performances throughout the whole day, with people of all ages enjoying them.

"It is the magic of this event, it appeals to everybody."

Nelsonians were a great crowd who were always prepared to engage in the fun climate.

"It is so great to see people pulling up a chair and having a laugh."

One half of the internationally acclaimed double act Funny Bones, Chris Peters, said he was thrilled to work in Nelson for the first time. Nelson and Nelsonians had a special vibe that was unique, he said.

New Zealand audiences were the best in the world, he said.

There was something about Western cultures where people were generally reluctant to engage in their performances.

He along with partner K-Bow had to work hard to win over audiences in Britain, for example.

New Zealanders were really trusting, he said.

German tourist Robin Krouell volunteered to be a part of the acrobatic, voice percussion, dance, magic and hat juggling act that was Funny Bones.

Although he was initially nervous, he was made to feel very comfortable, very quickly, he said.

The performance duo were very professional, he said.

The busking quality compared well with what he had seen in Germany, he said.

Nelson local Ben Williams-Smith thought Funny Bones was very funny.

The 6-year-old had never seen buskers before, let alone buskers who had so much energy.

Tonight the show When Buskers Go Bad will be at The Boathouse. Tomorrow buskers will at the top of Trafalgar St from 10.30am to 2pm. Another show, Buskers on the Church Steps, will be held at 6pm tomorrow and on Sunday.

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