Busker in a spin

Street performer Bex In Motion (Rebecca Zelewicz) will bring her hula hoop skills to this year's annual Southland Buskers Festival. Photo: Light Monkey Photography

STREET performer Bex In Motion’s busking skills are on fire.

Also known as Rebecca Zelewicz, the Toronto-based entertainer will perform during the ninth annual Southland Buskers Festival next month.

Zelewicz said her hula hoop show featured comedy, audience interaction, dancing, acrobatics – and a fire finale.

“It has a light-hearted attitude, and each show is going to be different, because there’s going to be a different crowd.

“When you’re doing a street show it’s not about you, it’s about you interacting with the audience, so every audience is going to create a different show. I’m excited to see how these shows unravel with this unique group of people.”

So far she had performed at many Canadian festivals, and in India and Europe. However, this was her first visit to New Zealand.

“I’m really excited to come down to Invercargill… I’m just really grateful to come and perform down there.”

Although she initially studied teaching and kinesiology, and is a certified school teacher in Canada, Zelewicz said when she began performing “it just sort of clicked”.

Zelewicz said she learned a lot of her moves from skill sharing, some training and and a lot of practice.

And she will be sharing some of those skills with the Southland audience, at a hula hoop workshop on Saturday, February 3, at the busker stage in Queens Park, near the band rotunda, from 10am-11am. All welcome.

Southland Buskers Festival, Queens Park, Esk St, and Southern Farmers’ Market, Invercargill, February 1-4.

For the festival timetable and more information, go to www.southlandnz.com/events

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