Buskers bust out the laughs

2014 Southland Buskers Festival

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 11:27 31/01/2014
2014 Southland Buskers Festival
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Lisa Lottie greets the crowd at the 2014 Southland Buskers Festival at Queens Park, Invercargill.

2014 Southland Buskers Festival

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@devlincolleA warm summer evening attracted hundreds of people to Queens Park for the opening night of the Southland Buskers Festival.

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Spectators of all ages brought blankets, picnics and take-away and settled in a good spot to watch The Busker Cabaret last night.

The family show was hosted by Bazza the golden rugby fanatic, who kept the crowd entertained with All Black jokes between acts.

The crowd laughed and applauded their way through every act: Mr Spin, Mr Wizowski, Lisa Lottie, and Ruben Dot Dot Dot.

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt joined in the fun, horsing around on stage to take part in a duel in one of the acts.

Festival organiser Jodi Wright, who also organises the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch, said she was delighted with the turnout. "I could not be happier, this is a perfect opening night."

This was the fifth Southland Buskers Festival and it had taken this long to become grounded, she said.

"It's in people's mindset now . . . they know it is coming."

Ms Wright may have the best job in the world, travelling the globe to watch various world festivals to pick the acts to perform in Christchurch and Invercargill. "Nonsense, silly and quirky works best. Playing with the audience and highly skilled circus performers also go down well here," she said.

There was a real appreciation for the festival in Southland, she said. "Everyone loves to laugh."

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- The Southland Times

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