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Show time: International Buskers Festival performer Murray Molloy will be showcasing his stunts over Auckland Anniversary
By JESS LEE
A hard act
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watch a video of last year's
International Buskers Festival.
YOU have to have a stomach of
steel to become a sword swallower.
The ancient art calls for perfor-
mers to pass a sword through their
mouths down their throats and into
It requires years of training
through a long and painful process
of learning to control involuntary
muscle movements, so it's no sur-
prise that only a handful of trained
artists across the world can perform
it.But for Irishman Murray Molloy
it's become a way of life.
It's not like I just picked up a
sword one day and said I reckon I
can swallow this,'' he says.
It's an extremely uncomfortable
thing to learn to do.
Three and a half years of suffer-
ing and training, all to have half of
the audience think the sword folds
up into the handle and that it's a
Mr Molloy will join a host of other
performers taking to Auckland's
streets for the International Bus-
kers Festival this Auckland Anni-
The 36-year-old discovered the
weird and wonderful'' world of
sideshow performing through a
book at the age of 18.
After finishing school in rural
Ireland, he taught himself the art of
fire eating, constructed his first bed
of nails and began performing on
the streets of Dublin. Mr Malloy's
repertoire of stunts ranges from
contortionism and escapology to bal-
loon modelling and clowning.
There is something special about
performing his crafts live on the
street, he says.
For me, they represent a sort of
primeval awe that we seem to have
lost in this age of video games and
When I busk it's an extremely
genuine and warm relationship
with the audience.
It's more challenging because
nobody expects to see a show, it just
happens, and that spontaneity and
energy make it really rewarding.''
Fellow International Buskers
Festival performer Brazil-born Jes-
sica Arpin says busking audiences
vary immensely between countries.
Ms Arpin has been performing her
mix of circus, clowning and poetry
on streets around the world for the
last eight years.
Audiences from English-speaking
countries require a faster rhythm of
comedy than Latin audiences, she
In some countries there is no
need to talk about the hat. They
know that if they enjoy the show
they will put money into the hat at
The International Buskers Festival
runs from January 25 to 28 from
noon to 10.30pm. Visit
Weekend of eats, beats and entertaining treats
From seafood to stuntman, music
to sailing there is plenty to see and
do to celebrate Auckland
Anniversary this weekend.
Auckland Seafood Festival
returns to Halsey Wharf in Wynyard
Quarter from Saturday
The three-day festival will feature
the best seafood, live music and
It runs from January 26 to 28,
11am to 6pm. Under-13s enter for
Go to aucklandseafoodfestival.
co.nz for tickets and more
St Jerome's Laneway Festival
will be showcasing the music of
more than 25 international and
local acts at Wynyard Quarter on
This year's line-up includes
Bailterspace, Bat For Lashes and
Go to lanewayfestival.co.nz for
The three-day Auckland Folk
Festival will be celebrating 40
years of folk music with guest
artists at the Kumeu Showgrounds.
It runs from January 25 to 28.
For tickets go to aucklandfolk
festival.co.nz or buy at the gate
Auckland Anniversary Day
An armada of tug boats, classic
sailboats, tall ships, waka ama and
dragon boats take to the water on
Monday from 9am to 5pm for New
Zealand's oldest sporting event.
Regatta highlights include the
tugboat parade, starting at the
Viaduct Harbour at 9am, followed
by the annual tugboat race.
The best vantage points are
Princes Wharf, Tamaki Dr, Bastion
Point, North Head and East Coast
Go to regatta.org.nz for a full
programme of events
Free guided boat tours
Ports of Auckland is once again
providing Aucklanders with free
guided boat tours of the port and
inner harbour. Four tours will depart
on Saturday and Sunday and two
will run on Monday.
Tours depart from Pier 4 at the
Downtown Ferry Terminal.
Bookings are essential. Phone
0800 360 3472 to book
NZ International Air Show
The first NZ International Air
Show will feature Jetman,
launching 5000 feet from a
helicopter. The three-day show is at
the North Shore Airfield from
January 26 to 28.
Go to nzairshow.com for tickets.
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