Sunshine, buskers bring smiles to city

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 04/02/2013

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A flying picnic table, a unicycling barbecue chef and a juggling bogan were all part of the Kiwi summer holiday experience in Queens Park at the weekend.

Wellington-based Fuse Circus performed the show Campground Chaos in front of thousands of people as part of the fourth annual Southland Buskers Festival, which started in Invercargill on Thursday and finished yesterday.

Other acts included hula-hooping laugh-a-minute Becky Hoops, world-class juggler Basketball Jones, heavy metal magician Nigel Blackstorm, mime artist Marie Antoinette and circus equestrian act El Gleno Grande.

The festival was held at Queens Park, Wachner Place, and Southland Boys' High School.

Campground Chaos, inspired by the classic Kiwi holiday, featured an outdoor circus with a mix of acrobatics and circus performance full of Kiwi music.

Fuse Circus director Tom Beauchamp said it was the circus' first performance in Invercargill and they were keen to come back.

The Invercargill crowd had been responsive, honest, enthusiastic and a little shy when it came to audience participation, he said.

Spectators were generous in parting with their cash and on a par with the Christchurch festival, he said.

Venture Southland creative projects manager Angela Newell said thousands of people enjoyed the range of acts and shows, and were impressed with the quality.

The mix of the outdoors, entertainment and summer sunshine had been a winning combination, she said. nicole.mcdougall@stl.co.nz

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