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  • The Garden Parties - Troy Kingi (NZ) This absolute legend could be playing at your place! Enter the Garden Parties competition and Troy might be taking to your stage out the back! PG The Garden Parties - Troy Kingi: Win one of the best gigs of Summer in your own backyard!

    27 Jan | 6:30 pm

    Music

  • The Bread & Circus Festival Gala (NZ) Hosted by The Topp Twins, come see the hand-picked cream of the crop of this year’s Backyard Buskers Festival! M16+ The Bread & Circus Festival Gala : Hosted by The Topp Twins

    Sun 17 Jan | 7:30pm - 9:30pm

    Variety & Comedy & Circus

  • Betty's World (NZ) A Christchurch premiere from the creator of Sport Suzie. Welcome to a world of magic, circus, fearless cycling and a mind reading pig. G Betty's World : A brand new show from the iconic creator of Sport Suzie!

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking & Comedy & Circus & Family & Magic

  • Jarred Fell - Again (NZ) Hot off the back of NBC's 'Bring The Funny', Jarred Fell is coming back to Christchurch with the premiere of his brand new show. AGAIN. M16+ Jarred Fell - Again: Hot off the back of NBC's 'Bring The Funny' he's back with a brand new show!

    Fri 15 - Sat 16 Jan at 7:30pm and Sun 17 Jan at 5:30pm

    Comedy & Magic

  • The Bread & Circus Winery Tour (NZ) Escape to Christchurch’s top vineyards: be wined, dined and entertained! R18+ The Bread & Circus Winery Tour: Escape to Christchurch’s top vineyards: wined, dined and entertained!

    Sat 30 Jan | 10:00am - 5:30pm

    Variety & Interactive & Adults Only

  • The Bexly Hoops Show (NZ) Hoops, dance, hoops, comedy, hoops and a splash of madness squeezed into a tiny perspex box. And hoops. Don't miss her Bend it Like Bexly! G The Bexly Hoops Show

    15 - 24 Jan

    Busking & Comedy & Circus & Family

  • The Garden Parties - New Zealand String Quartet (NZ) An intimate evening with New Zealand's most acclaimed chamber music group. Hosted in one lucky winner's backyard! G The Garden Parties - New Zealand String Quartet: Win one of the best gigs of Summer in your own backyard!

    Fri 29 Jan | 6:30 pm

    The Garden Parties & Music

  • What The Quiz is This?! (NZ) Get your sound holes ready for the musical competition of your lifetime. Come on everyone, let's get quizzical!! M16+ What The Quiz is This?!: Get your sound holes ready for the musical competition of your lifetime

    Fri 29 - Sat 30 Jan at 7:30pm and Sun 31 Jan at 5:30pm

    Quiz Show & Comedy & Interactive & Music

  • The Garden Parties The ultimate Summer gig - four lucky winners will get to host an exclusive Bread & Circus event in the oasis of their very own backyard! The Garden Parties: Win one of the best gigs of Summer in your very own backyard!

    Fri 22, Sat 23, Wed 27, Fri 29 Jan | 6:30pm

    The Garden Parties

  • The Parlour Piano Bar (NZ) Join acclaimed entertainer Trevor Jones for an evening of cabaraoke and cocktails at Christchurch's Best Bar, R18+ The Parlour Piano Bar: Cabaraoke and cocktails at Christchurch's Best Bar

    Sun 17, Sun 24 & Sun 31 Jan | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Music

  • Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine (UK/NZ) Multi-instrumentalist David Thorpe aka Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine is a true one-man-band, proving that men can in-fact multitask. G Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking & Music

  • Fraser Hooper (UK/NZ) Thirty years of award-winning comedy in over forty countries worldwide. Festival favourite Fraser Hooper returns! G Fraser Hooper : An all-time festival favourite  - the funny man returns!

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking & Comedy & Family

  • The Bread & Circus Kids Comedy Gala (NZ) Roll up to see comedians, clowns, acrobats and musicians providing top quality entertainment for the whole family (without the rude bits)! G The Bread & Circus Kids Comedy Gala: The best of Bread & Circus (without the rude bits)!

    Sun 17 Jan | 2:00pm

    Variety & Family & Comedy & Circus

  • Hardcase Hori Housie (NZ) Join Rutene Spooner and The Doughboys for a live game show where the good ol' kiwi guitar party meets a hardcase game of housie. PG Hardcase Hori Housie: Spin, win and grin your way through a game of Housie like never before!

    Fri 22 - Sat 23 Jan at 7:30pm and Sun 24 Jan at 5:30pm

    Gameshow & Interactive & Comedy & Music

  • The Garden Parties - Laser Kiwi (NZ) One lucky winner will get to host the world’s best and only surreal sketch circus troupe for a laid back backyard bash! G The Garden Parties - Laser Kiwi: Win one of the best gigs of Summer in your own backyard!

    Sat 23 Jan | 6:30 pm

    The Garden Parties

  • So You Wanna Be A Busker? (UK/NZ) A five-day workshop for aspiring teen buskers with world-renowned clown Fraser Hooper! 13-18 yrs So You Wanna Be A Busker?: Workshop for Teenagers

    Mon 18 - Fri 22 Jan | 10:00 am – 01:00pm

    Interactive & Circus

  • Tāwhirimātea Unites (NZ/AUS) Australian multidisciplinary installation artist Clayton Blake joins creative forces with renowned artist Alex McLeod and Ngāi Tahu master-carver Fayne Robinson. G Tāwhirimātea Unites

    Fri 15 - Sun 31 Jan | All Day

    Family & Art Installation

  • The Biggest Little Circus (NZ) Spectacular aerials, OMG juggling, good ol' Kiwi comedy and LOADS OF LYCRA! The festival's favourite big little circus are back! G The Biggest Little Circus: Spectacular aerials,  OMG juggling,  good ol' Kiwi comedy and LOADS OF LYCRA!

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking & Circus & Interactive & Comedy & Variety & Family

  • Paul Klaass (NZ) Lung-punching comedy skits, world-klaass juggling, and charming audience interactions. grab yourself a front row seat for this dizzying display! G Paul Klaass: A one-man circus show featuring hilarious comedy skits and world-klaass juggling!

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking & Comedy & Circus & Family

  • The Amateur Amateur Dramatic Society (NZ) Pass them props, do their makeup, choose their costumes and become part of their shows. Where they strike next, nobody knows!? G The Amateur Amateur Dramatic Society: At traffic lights and on table tops - where will these troublemakers strike next?

    29 - 31 Jan | 12pm - 3pm

    Roving & Comedy & Variety & Interactive & Family

  • Jack Flash (UK/NZ) He's been a feature at more festivals than you've had hot dinners. Don't miss the sensational Jack Flash as he attempts to break a Guinness World Record! PG Jack Flash: He's been a feature at more festivals than you've had hot dinners and attempts to break a Guinness World Record!

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking & Comedy & Circus & Family

  • Te Huaki Puanaki (NZ) World-famous in Christchurch, lead vocalist and recording artist Te Huaki Puanaki is joined by Huakina Band and Wiremu Huanaki G Te Huaki Puanaki : Featuring Huakina Band and Wiremu Puanaki

    Sun 24 Jan

    Busking & Music

  • The Secret Lives of Ukulele (NZ) A colour-coordinated funky-punky-folky party mix of the uniquely original and the surprisingly familiar. G The Secret Lives of Ukulele: A multi-genre ukulele extravaganza, visual and audio spectacular!

    15 - 31 Jan

    Music & Busking & Family

  • The Buskers Brewery Tour (NZ) Escape to Christchurch’s top breweries with buskers, a bus, and beer! R18+ The Buskers Brewery Tour: Escape to Christchurch’s top breweries with buskers, a bus, and beer!

    Sat 23 Jan | 10:00am - 5:30pm

    Interactive & Adults Only & Variety

  • Bridge of Remembrance Busking Pitch Ahhh the Busking Pitches! The bread and butter of Bread and Circus. Check out what's popping hot at The Bridge of Remembrance this Summer! Bridge of Remembrance Busking Pitch: Presented by Adgraphix

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking

  • The New Regent St Spectacular Buckle up and watch this iconic Christchurch street come to life before your eyes in 20 minutes of wild entertainment! G The New Regent St Spectacular: Buckle-up - this one is a wild ride through music and circus!

    Sat 16 Jan | 7:00pm, 8:00pm & 9:30pm

    Family

  • The Garden Parties - Trevor Jones (NZ/AUS) Join acclaimed entertainer Trevor Jones as he brings his signature piano bar flair to the backyard of one lucky festival punter! The Garden Parties - Trevor Jones: Win one of the best gigs of Summer in your own backyard!

    Fri 22 Jan | 6:30 pm

    The Garden Parties

  • Scott Statue Park Busking Pitch Ahhh the Busking Pitches! The bread and butter of Bread and Circus. Check out what's popping hot at Scott Statue Park this Summer! G Scott Statue Park Busking Pitch

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking

  • Jess The Mess (NZ) One of New Zealand's funniest professional idiots brings you an interactive comedy street show entertaining both little and big kids alike. G Jess The Mess: She's a mess and her name is Jess

    27 – 31 Jan

    Busking & Comedy & Variety & Circus & Family

  • The Josh Grimaldi Show (NZ) Chinese juggling, magic and did someone say a daring escape from a straight jacket while riding a 2-meter-tall unicycle?! G The Josh Grimaldi Show: An escape from a straight jacket jacket while riding a 2-meter-tall unicycle?!

    15 - 31 Jan

    Circus & Family & Busking & Magic

  • Mr Wizowski (NZ) Mr Wizowski pulls out all the stops in this exhilarating show: juggling, rola bola and the dizzying Cyr wheel. G Mr Wizowski: Featuring Craig the Stunt Carrot

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking & Comedy & Circus & Family & Variety

  • Angelfish Kids (NZ) This children's music group brings the littlies on an interactive, educational and oh so much FUN adventure through song! G Angelfish Kids : Animal Adventure - interactive, educational and oh so much FUN for the young!

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking & Family & Music & Interactive

  • Plymouth Lane Busking Pitch Ahhh the Busking Pitches! The bread and butter of Bread and Circus. Check out what's popping hot at Plymouth Lane this Summer! G Plymouth Lane Busking Pitch

    15 - 31 Jan

    Busking

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