Ticketing FAQ



    The Spiegeltent Box Office at the Festival Hub 

    (Cnr Oxford Tce and Worcester Blvd)

    23 Jan – 9 Feb

    From 10am daily till the last Spiegeltent show of the day.


    11 Feb – 16 Feb

    From 3pm daily till the last Spiegeltent show of the day.


    Market Square Box Office at The Arts Centre

    28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

    24 Jan – 3 Feb

    From 11am daily till the last show of the evening at Backstage Social Club.


    Backstage Social Club Ticket Booth

    5/28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

    4 Feb – 16 Feb 

    From 1 hour before the first show at Backstage Social Club until the last show of the evening.


  • There are three ways to engage with Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival.

    Ticketed Events – you pay an advertised ticket price to secure your seat. There will be no hat circulated at ticketed events and there is no expectation that you donate to the performer directly. A 1.5% payment processing fee applies to all purchases made by card.

    Hatted Events – There is no cost to attend these events, however each performer collects donations by passing a hat during their performance.  Don’t skip the hat when it comes by – that’s how buskers make their living!

    Free Events – you pay nothing!

  • Where can I purchase tickets?

  • Tickets are available now for purchase through this website www.breadandcircus.co.nz

    Tickets can also be purchased at our box offices which will be located at The Festival Hub, 78 Worcester Boulevard and The Arts Centre, 2 Worcester Boulevard during the Festival. Tickets for events at the Isaac Theatre Royal are available through Ticketek.

  • Is my E-ticket enough to get into the show?

  • You can go straight to the venue with your E-Ticket on your phone or device and Front of House staff will scan the QR code. If you require printed tickets, you can print these at home or collect paper tickets from any of the Bread & Circus box offices.

  • Where is the festival located? 

  • Bread & Circus will take place throughout the Christchurch CBD in venues ranging from Isaac Theatre Royal through to the Bridge of RemembranceThe Festival Hub is located at the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace and the Backstage Social Club at the Arts Centre. Visit VENUES to find out more.

  • Are there any age restrictions for performances?

  • Age suitability is listed with every performance at Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival.

    G: Suitable for general audiences
    PG: Parental guidance recommended for younger audiences
    M16+: Suitable for mature audiences 16 and over
    R18+: Restricted to audiences 18 and over

    The headline show of this year's festival, Blanc de Blanc, is R18+

  • Do children need a ticket?

  • Unless otherwise specified, children 18 months and under can sit on the lap of a carer free of charge. Any child over this age must have a ticket. No children, including babes in arms are permitted to Restricted 18+ performances.

    Some productions may offer discounts for children and/or families. Where available, these tickets will be listed as ‘Child’ and ‘Family’ respectively.

  • What types of tickets are sold?

  • Adult | Full price tickets
    Concession | Government issued concession card, seniors, full time student cards*
    Premium | Selected premium seating areas close to the stage with priority access to the venue
    Booth | A private booth seats up to 8 people
    Child | Children 12 and under
    Family | 2 Adults and 2 Children

    *Proof of eligibility required and must be presented when collecting pre-purchased ticket or when otherwise requested

  • What does a premium ticket include?

  • Premium tickets are available for performances of BLANC de BLANC only. Premium ticket holders are granted priority access to The Spiegeltent. Seats in the premium section are reserved, however seats are un-allocated. Look for the ‘Premium’ queue outside The Spiegeltent or ask a member of our front of house team.

  • Can I book a booth in a Spiegeltent?

  • Private Booths are available for purchase to performances of BLANC de BLANC only. BLANC de BLANC booths are fixed price and seat up to 8 people. The booth will be reserved under the name of the ticket purchaser.

    For all other shows in the Spiegeltent, the Booths will be open at the discretion of the Artists and Front of House team, and available for General Admission ticket holders.

  • Is the price listed all I’ll pay for my ticket?

  • A 1.5% payment processing fee applies to all purchases made by card and is not included in the advertised price. A payment processing fee does not apply for purchases made through outlets when using cash.

    There will be no hat circulated at the event and there is not expectation that you donate to the performer directly.

  • Do tickets include GST?

  • Where applicable, GST is including in the ticket price. All prices listed are in $NZD.

  • Can I get a refund on my tickets?

  • No, tickets cannot be returned or refunded after purchase.  Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for further information.

  • Can I change my tickets?

  • You may be able to exchange your ticket to another performance of the same event, at our discretion. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information. 

  • Can I choose my seat in advance?

  • All venues, except for the Isaac Theatre Royal are General Admission. This means your ticket does not assign you a specific seat and seating will be on a first in, best dressed basis so please arrive early. 

  • What happens if I’m running late?

  • Being late affects performers and the rest of the audience. Where possible, latecomers will be admitted during a suitable break in the performance however this is at the discretion of the performer and Front of House team. Bread & Circus regrets it is not possible to refund a completed booking for latecomers. 


  • Gift Vouchers are valid from the date of issue to the expiry time at GMT+13 23:59 on Sunday 16 February 2020.Balances remaining on Gift Vouchers after this expiry time will be forfeited and are not further redeemable.

  • How do I use my Gift Voucher?

  • Prior to the expiry time, Bread & Circus Gift Vouchers can be redeemed online at breadandcircus.co.nz, just enter your unique voucher code in the box provided at the shopping cart. You can also redeem in person at any Bread & Circus Box Office. Purchases are subject to relevant fees associated with Bread & Circus purchases as per the Terms and Conditions.

  • Can Gift vouchers be used for any Bread & Circus show?

  • Gift Vouchers can be used towards any festival show with the exception of the following shows at the Isaac Theatre Royal: Big Festival Gala – First Half, Big Festival Gala – Second Half and Kids Comedy Gala. These shows are sold by Isaac Theatre Royal direct.

  • What if I have money left over on my Gift Voucher?

  • Where the total value of a Gift Voucher is not redeemed in one transaction, remaining funds will be carried over and may be used toward another purchase using the same Gift Voucher code prior to the Gift Voucher expiry time. 

  • What is my Gift Voucher number?

  • It is the unique 16-digit gift voucher code which is used to redeem the voucher.

  • What if my Gift Voucher is lost or stolen?

  • Bread & Circus does not accept any responsibility for lost or stolen Bread & Circus Gift Vouchers. Contact your voucher purchaser as they may still have an online record of your voucher code. 

  • How do I get the Gift Voucher code?

  • The voucher code is sent digitally through the booking software to the email address provided at the time of purchase.

  • What if I want a pretty version of my Gift Voucher?

  • Click Here to download a printable voucher PDF with space allocated to hand write your unique voucher number to print at home and give as a gift.

  • What if I have access enquiries?

  • If you have any access requirements please email info@breadandcircus.co.nz Some performances may not be suitable for wheelchair users, please check individual venues for more detail. 

  • More questions?

  • For ticketing enquiries not covered here, you can contact boxoffice@breadandcircus.co.nz