Up with probably one of the most unique and quirky events we do is our much loved and owned festival the “Auckland International Buskers Festival”.
A free, fun, family friendly event that has now been running for over 20 years, it all started when Auckland City was calling for Events to liven up the city over Waitangi Celebrations. Ran successfully and with its growing popularity, the event a number of years later moved into Auckland Anniversary Weekend where it sits today.
This event has not only grown popularity in New Zealand but also has grown a very positive reputation overseas with our past performers singing its praises, and telling performers it is a ‘must attend’ festival across the world; perhaps why we receive numerous emails of interest from performers well before our application process goes live!
The Festival has also been described as the glue that holds all other Auckland Anniversary Weekend events together, with its highly flexible and low infrastructure event model.
As Crackerjack Events own the event, our involvement is very much end-to-end; we apply for funding and seek sponsorship throughout the year to fund the festival, undergo an extensive search for new talent to bring to New Zealand as well as work through hundreds of performer applications, then promote and manage the Festival over a 4-day weekend.
A very special part of this Festival is putting on the Night Shows which occur over 3 nights during the Festival. This is where the line-up of that year work together to create a 2 hour show for the public. An absolute gem for the Festival and always a raging success!
"...the festival has added to the social fabric of the city over key summer weekends with its truly international quality entertainment offering."
Erin Stewart—Heart of the City
"There was definitely a sense of celebration and community in the air at the festival whilst the public had the privilege of watching world class acts perform for several hours. Buskers rely on volun-tary donations to make a living and when the hat was being passed it seemed that everyone was more than happy to dig deep into their pockets for loose change and notes to show their appreciation."
Sara Akkad—The Aucklander