Story: Arts festivals

Playing up for the camera

Playing up for the camera

Former Cirque du Soleil clown Nathan Cooper performs for a tourist in Christchurch in 2006. Despite his oversized shoes, Cooper's routine included tap dancing. The World Buskers' Festival was established in Christchurch in 1994 and was the largest outdoor festival in New Zealand. The 2014 event in Christchurch featured 55 performers, from stand-up comedians to acrobats. Cooper was back, this time juggling machetes while bouncing on a pogo stick. 

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Marguerite Hill, 'Arts festivals - Arts festivals take off, 1960s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Marguerite Hill, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Aug 2016