Buskers of the world heading south

22:53, Jan 22 2013
Jodi Wright and Jo Blair
BUNDLE OF LAUGHS: World Buskers Festival founder and artistic director Jodi Wright and the festival’s executive director, Jo Blair.

From West Virginia to Montreal, as well as "a small town in the south of England called New Jersey", the Southland Buskers Festival performers are on their way to Invercargill at the end of the month - thanks to tireless organising from community project managers.

Now in its fourth year, the festival has exeperienced a surge in crowds during the last few summers, Venture Southland's creative projects manager Angela Newell said yesterday.

She estimated about 1000 people turned out to see performers from around the world on Invercargill streets, and this year would be no less exceptional.

"It's going to be brilliant."

World Buskers Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Wright was run off her feet as the 20th annual World Buskers Festival opened in Christchurch last week. And she was looking forward to bringing six of the acts to Invercargill on January 31.

One act to look out for was the Wellington-based Campground Chaos, inspired by Kiwi summer holiday traditions, and toured by Fuse Circus.

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Metalhead Nigel Blackstorm, of New Jersey, and Glenn Singer - or El Gleno Grande- were sure to bring laughs.

"It's going to be a great lineup."

Ms Newell said she hoped Invercargill would benefit from fans in the Southland and Otago areas coming south for performance highlights, rather than making the trek up to the Christchurch festival.

The festival kicks off at the Queen's Park Band Rotunda on Thursday next week at 7pm.

The Southland Times