Ticketing 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 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.

  • What are the box office hours?

  • The Arts Centre Box Office is open 12pm until 15min after last show starts. This box office is only open until January 20th. After this date there will be ticket collection only available at the Backstage Social Club for shows in the venue.

    The Festival Hub Box Office is open at the following times except for Mondays

    Fri 11th Jan • 7:15pm – 10:15pm
    Sat 12th Jan • 4pm – 10:15pm
    Sun 13th Jan • 1pm – 8:45pm
    Mon 14th Jan • 4:15pm – 7:15pm
    Tues 15th Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Wed 16th Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Thurs 17th Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Fri 18th Jan • 6pm – 10:15pm
    Sat 19th Jan • 1pm – 10:15pm
    Sun 20th Jan • 3:45pm – 6:45pm
    Mon 21st Jan • CLOSED
    Tues 22nd Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Wed 23rd Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Thurs 24th Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Fri 25th Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Sat 26th Jan • 1pm – 8:45pm
    Sun 27th Jan • 3pm – 8:45pm
    Mon 28th Jan • CLOSED
    Tues 29th Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Wed 30th Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Thurs 31st Jan • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Fri 1st Feb • 5:45pm – 8:45pm
    Sat 2nd Feb • 3:45pm – 8:45pm
    Sun 3rd Feb • 4pm – 8:45pm

  • 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 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.

  • 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

  • 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 LIMBO 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 LIMBO only. LIMBO booths are fixed price and seat up to 8 people. The booth will be reserved under the name of the ticket purchaser.

  • 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 Royale 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. 

  • 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