The International Buskers and Comedy Festival 2008

FROM Friday 26th September to the 4th October, the world’s most exciting street performers will set up their pitches to entertain and thrill audiences at the 2008 Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival.

Artists hailing from Ireland, France, New Zealand, the US and the UK will be mixing it up with local acts in what aims to be the biggest street festival in Australia; 120 shows over nine days.

Among them are the Pogo Dudes from New York.

This terrific trio includes the world record holder for the highest pogo bounce; seven feet (just over two meters) and two very funny extreme pogo stuntmen, who between them, turn bouncing into an art form with their unbelievable tricks on sticks and hilarious jokes.

Other busking favourites to appear are the infamous Blackstreet Boyz.

The infectiously cheeky performers are busking legends, known for their funky dance moves, lightning quick wit and spontaneous audience participation routines.

Representing Coffs Harbour is 15-year-old school boy Keogh Holterman from Emerald Beach.

His earthy voice will be belting out rock, blues and roots tunes accompanied by an array of instruments; the one man band bringing his fresh talent to entertain the public in what will be his first ever busking gig.

For a detailed description of all the acts performing check out

Having packed their juggling balls, fire sticks, and comic gags for the Coast, the buskers and comedians will invade Coffs' parks, clubs and pubs, to unleash their particular brand of zany humour.

Check the map for busking venues.

Though all the performances are free to enjoy there are a few special events occurring within the festival that require tickets.

To attend the official launch dinner on the 26th September at 7pm at the Coffs Ex Services Club, call (02) 6652 3888. Tickets are $66 per person.

Kids rule on the 30th September. From 9.30am-3pm, children can run amok with painted faces, kid friendly busking acts and an inflatable castle at the special NBN Kids Day. Tickets cost $7 per child with mum and dad allowed in for free. To purchase tickets, call (02) 6652 8266.

The Coffs Coast Advocate will have the full program printed in its Saturday 27th September edition. The program can also be collected at the Coca-Cola Buskers Central tents, which will be dotted around the city.

The Coca-Cola Buskers Central tents will have information about the acts, other dates and venues and information about the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, the charity aligned with the festival.

Buskers rely on tips, so bring some cash to show the artists you appreciate their performance.

Street art is interactive and you may be requested to help star in a skit. If you are only comfortable as a non-participating spectator, you may want to avoid the very front row!

Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap! Outdoor entertainment means plenty of exposure to the sun and running around from one act to another is thirsty work, so always have a bottle of water handy to stay hydrated.

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