Buskers fest announces line up

Professional street theatre performers coming from Sweden, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Canada.

What has become one of Victoria’s top annual attractions is ready to again sail into downtown for 10 days beginning July 17.

The fifth edition of the free-to-attend Victoria International Buskers Festival will present professional street theatre performers from Sweden, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and Canada.

“We hear from people all year round over how impressed they are with the quality of talent we present,” said John Vickers, executive director of the Victoria International Buskers Festival Society.

“This year’s lineup includes magicians, one of the top hula hoop performers in the world, acrobats, jugglers, we have a fire show act – the community and visitors alike are in for a real treat.”

Vickers said after last year’s celebratory All-Stars event, a majority of stage acts this year are performing in Victoria for the first time. They include the UK’s Lisa Lotte, recognized as one of the world’s top hula hoop performers and the English Gents, an Australian based duo considered to be one of the world’s top busker acts.

Returning from 2011 are Kalamazoo Michigan’s Aerial Angels along with Quebec City’s Les Vitamines, an acrobatic duo who participated in 2012.  Also making a second festival appearance is Montreal’s Mat Velvet and Charlie Show who, like Les Vitamines, have performed with the Cirque du Soleil.

For more information, please go online to victoriabuskers.com.