Express yourself in art – and bring joy to the audience.

Eddy Eighty and friends. Street performance at Auckland International Buskers Festival. Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Eddy Eighty and friends. Street performance at Auckland International Buskers Festival. Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

It’s Auckland’s Anniversary Day today — 175 years since European settlement began in earnest and Auckland was chosen to be New Zealand’s capital (albeit briefly).

The weekend-long celebration includes the Auckland International Buskers Festival, with performances all around the city waterfront. Amongst the buskers bringing street theatre to Auckland was Eddy Eighty from Spain. His funny, high energy act included fire juggling, dance and acrobatics — with a little help from a couple of guys in the audience.

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Eddy Eighty and friends. Street performance at Auckland International Buskers Festival. Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

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Eddy Eighty and friends. Street performance at Auckland International Buskers Festival. Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

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Eddy Eighty and friends. Street performance at Auckland International Buskers Festival. Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

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Eddy Eighty and friends. Street performance at Auckland International Buskers Festival. Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Street theatre. Auckland Anniversary Weekend celebrations, CBD, Auckland. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

Eddy Eighty and friends. Street performance at Auckland International Buskers Festival. Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

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Eddy Eighty and friends. Street performance at Auckland International Buskers Festival. Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie, 2015

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13 thoughts on “Express yourself in art – and bring joy to the audience.

  1. Toronto has a Busterfest every summer which I attended last year for the first time (yeah, I know … that’s terrible).

    I was totally amazed at the quality of the acts being performed. I was expecting little 5 or 10 minute ‘tricks’. What we saw were stage-worthy performances that lasted 45 minutes to an hour.

    I loved your photos … so much better than the ones I tried to take last summer!

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    • I know what you mean; I haven’t been to the anniversary day celebrations since my son was really small and have NEVER gone to watch the annual regatta which is the main event if the day. Street theatre and busking have certainly come a long way; Melbourne has some great acts on a fairly regular basis, and yes, they are professional, sustained performances. I have huge admiration for these performers!

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    • Isn’t it great that buskers and street performers can travel around and do what they love at festivals? One of my other favourites this time was a woman from England who folded herself into a tiny perspex box. It was brilliant to watch, but I had trouble getting any good shots of it. There were sooooo many people in the audience. Thanks for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚

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