Acrobatics, balancing feats, juggling and even a hot water bottle inflating strongman called Magic Mike will entertain at the Boulevard of Buskers Festival this month.
This is the sixth year that the business association Destination Orewa has brought a group of local and international street performers to the town centre.
Destination Orewa operations manager Hellen Wilkins says that this year’s festival, which takes place from February 8-10, features a completely new lineup of international performers including aerial specialists Jess and Jair from Colombia, Duo Looky from Argentina who are known for jaw-dropping balance skills, and strongman Magic Mike from Canada.
Kiwi talent includes Basketball Jones, Rebecca Bilyards’ aerial circus show and Mr Fungus’s juggling, balloon art and tom foolery.
The three-day event includes a twilight showcase for all performers on the Saturday evening in the carpark in front of Muldoons bar.
There will also be a free have a go circus skills workshop on Moana Reserve at the conclusion of the festival, on Sunday afternoon.
It’s fair to say the sun has not always shined for the buskers, who will perform whatever the weather – the last two years were both rain affected and last year some performances were moved into Orewa Community Centre. Organisers have their fingers crossed for this year.