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Nelson Buskers Festival 2023

Thursday 19 January – Sunday 21 January

The Nelson Buskers Festival brings street performers to our vibrant region for four days of extraordinary shows.

This year buskers from Northern Ireland, Estonia, Italy, Aotearoa and Mexico come to amaze and entrance with hula hoops, comedy, fire, clowning and, of course, juggling.

Four different locations! Trafalgar Street, Church Steps and Māpua Wharf events are family-friendly and free to attend – although bring some cash to show your appreciation for the amazing skills of these talented and hard-working performers. The Boathouse shows are ticketed and a little less predictable in content, so are rated R18.

Buskers on Trafalgar
Thu 19 & Fri 20 Jan, 11am – 2.30pm // Sat 21 Jan, 10.30am – 2pm // Upper Trafalgar Street, Nelson // Koha

The top of Trafalgar Street comes alive with buskers from all over the world. Join us for some hilarious, weird, eye-opening, gravity-defying acts in the heart of the city. An irresistible summer fun combination of extraordinary and family-friendly street performances plus lots of refreshment options from the local cafés and our beautiful central city.

Remember your sun hat and some cash to reward these amazing artists!

Buskers on the Church Steps
Sat 21 & Sun 22 Jan, 6pm // Church Steps, top of Trafalgar Street, Nelson // Koha

Two stunning evening variety shows for the whole family, featuring highlights from the festival. Come and see some of the best buskers from around the world perform an incredible show with the best of the fest in the early evening sunshine. Unbelievable skills and great comedy to delight everyone.

Bring sun hats, blankets and cushions, plus cash for the talented performers!

Buskers at the Boathouse
R18 (content can be unpredictable) Thu 19 Jan, 8pm & Fri 20 Jan, 8.30pm // The Boathouse, Nelson // Pre-sales $33, door sales $39 (plus service fees)

Join us for a cabaret night when the buskers let down their hair for some serious hilarity. We dare you to sit at the front – who knows what might happen!

Restricted to adults (R18), some content might offend. Tickets available online at

Buskers at Mapua Wharf
Sun 22 Jan, 11am – 2.30 pm // Māpua Wharf // Koha

Join us at the beautiful Māpua Wharf to see the buskers perform their individual shows.

This year’s performers are:

Satya Bella (Australia/Mexico)
The enigmatic Satya Bella has spent the last ten years spinning in circles and taking the Hula Hoop and Cyr Wheel to the next level, performing in over 42 countries in exotic locales from Lake Tahoe to Beirut to Goa. Stand back and let this master of manipulation show you a thing or two. Satya is the only woman in the world who can perform with a flaming Hula Hoop while spinning in a Cyr Wheel at the same time! A singular talent beyond belief and not to be missed.

Logy on Fire (Northern Ireland)
Juggling danger and excitement! Logy is a Belfast based, bearded, multi-manipulator busker. Since 2001 Logy has performed all around the world as a street and stage act with both comedy and circus. One of the world’s best cigar boxes performers, his live act blends elements of comedy, vaudeville, parlour tricks and death-defying stunts.

Anna Krazy (Estonia) – ‘All Strings Attached’
Anna weaves a fascinating contemporary street show of dance, acrobatics and contortion with an underlying meaning that leaves the audience in tears and makes them look inside. Bending as if she had no bones, Anna’s tricks will leave you breathless: this heart-warming, graceful and astonishing show is a must see!

Fraser Hooper (Aotearoa)
Guaranteed laugh out loud from internationally award-winning funny man. A regular at festivals around the world, Fraser specialises in mime, physical comedy, slapstick and eccentric dance in hilarious shows that have delighted audiences wherever he plays.

Davide Fontana (Italy) – Talché
Talché means ‘here he is’ in some dialects. The show is bizarre and hilarious: here it is, a laugh; here he is, a passer-by, a man on a balcony, a dog; here he is, a character with a strange hood; here he is, a mysterious trunk; here he is, a smaller me breathing fire.

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