About

Bread & Circus celebrates and builds on this beloved festival's rich 28 year history,

The World Buskers Festival was rebranded to Bread & Circus - World Buskers Festival in 2019, and is a highly anticipated event on Christchurch’s major event calendar, providing fun and accessible arts and cultural experiences for local and visiting audiences.

In 2020 the festival welcomed over 123,000 people into a 25-day, high-energy celebration of the city, with a program that appealed to all ages, introducing incredible performances, high-spirited comedy and unique experiences that animated the streets, venues and theatres of Christchurch.

Artists from across the world joined local performers to present a world-class ticketed, hatted and free program. 

The festival is steadily growing and attracting visitors from around the world as it injects new life into the central city and makes Christchurch a more enjoyable place to live. 

To break bread, to share a live experience, to create a community bound by joy and celebration, this is the foundation of Bread & Circus - World Buskers Festival.