Busking festival has something for all

From circus performers to impersonators

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 05:00 30/01/2013
Jess Judge
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ

WORKOUT: Jess Judge from Campground Chaos tests the equipment at Queens Park, before the Southland Buskers Festival this week.

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From circus performers to mimes to heavy-metal impersonators, the fourth annual Southland Buskers Festival plans to have entertainment for just about everyone around town this week.

The festival will set up shop in Queens Park tomorrow at 7pm for the first performance from Canadian hula-hoop extraordinaire "Becky Hoops".

Entertainment continues on Friday with Basketball Jones at Wachner Place. More laughs will be happening at the Southern Farmers' Market pitch at Southland Boys' High School on Sunday.

Venture Southland creative projects manager Angela Newell said last week that she hoped Invercargill would benefit from Southland and Otago fans coming to the city instead of making the journey to Christchurch.

World Buskers Festival founder and artistic director Jodie Wright said one act to follow this year would be the Wellington-based Campground Chaos, which was inspired by Kiwi summer holiday tradition. The circus group was setting up in Queens Park yesterday, before the start of the festival. It finishes on Sunday.

Performers this year have come from as far as New Jersey, West Virginia and Montreal.

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