General FAQ


  • 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 the event 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!

  • What are the dates for this year’s festival?

  • 10 Jan – 3 Feb 2019

  • What times does the festival operate?

  • Check back for specific open hours of festival precincts closer to the event!

  • Where is the festival located? 

  • Bread & Circus will take place throughout the Christchurch CBD in venues ranging from Isaac Theatre Royal through to the Botanic Gardens. The 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.

  • How do I get there?

  • Leave the car at home and take public transport or ride your bike, there is limited parking near festival precincts.

  • Is there shade at busking pitches?

  • Some daytime pitches will have temporary shade spots up and the natural surrounding will provide some sun relief. Please make sure you bring along suitable shade protection, especially for young children.

  • Will there be food & drink at festival precincts?

  • Bread & Circus will present a number of exciting food and beverage options at many festival precincts. Further details will be listed on the DRINK & DINE page.

  • Will I be photographed while attending Bread & Circus?

  • Bread & Circus reserves the right to take video recordings and photographs at each event and within the site. On entering a Bread & Circus site and attending a performance at Bread & Circus you consent to be photographed and/or videotaped and acknowledge that the intended use is for archival and/or promotional purposes and authorise use by or on behalf of Bread & Circus.

  • Can I take photos?

  • The use of cameras, videos or other recording devices is strictly prohibited inside Bread & Circus venues. Outside of venues – we love happy snaps! Post them, share them and snap away (#BreadandCircus). All professional photography and filming needs prior approval from Bread & Circus team with advance notice.

  • What happens if it rains?

  • In the event of wet weather, shows will go ahead unless otherwise advised. Our front of house team will open the venue doors early and do their absolute best to seat everyone as quickly as possible. Please bring an umbrella and/or weather appropriate clothing to stay dry while you wait.

  • What happens if I lose or find property?

  • If you find something, please hand it in to any member of staff and we’ll do our best to return the item to its owner. If you have lost something notify a member of staff or security or email Bread & Circus is not responsible for any lost or found property and will give any unclaimed items to charity or to the police at the conclusion of the season.

  • Who do I contact for Media Enquiries?

  • For Media Enquiries, please contact

  • How do I find out the latest information?

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