(MASSACHUSETTS) Beginning today, the fair city of Cambridge is making it easier for performing artists to express themselves. The city wants more buskers so it's eliminating permit fees. The Cambridge Arts Council announcement is meant to offer more opportunities for artists to showcase their talents without having to pay a fee.
Believe it or not, one doesn't even have to be a resident. It's open to all. The only slight catch is they want to see your act first before they waive the $40 fee. The performers must stick to the city’s street busker ordinance which sets parameters on performance times, locations, and noise.
The process just highlights the differing states of confusion when it comes to busking and street performing. While one city is busy regulating and restricting - even outlawing busking, t... [ Continued ]
(INDIA) An article from the Media India Group has some insight that reveals a history of busking.
This year buskers are expected to turn the celebratory tune up a notch in Kolkata.
"India also has a rich tradition of street performers. Many renowned artists were known to be inspired by the creation of humble street musicians.
A man with a pointed mustache and colourful elaborate turban playing Ravanhatta (ancient instrument) on the streets of Jaisalmer is a common sight.
Similarly, mystic minstrels of Bengal or locally known as Bauls stroking their Dotara (musical instrument) in the shadowed streets of Shantiniketan (small town in West Bengal) are part and parcel of the cultural scene."
Indians have been busking before it became cool!
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(LONDON) An article in The Guardian examines where the streets have no change - and how buskers are surviving in cashless times.
A recent hot topic, the article asks is it time performers turned to contactless readers? After all, dropping coins in a hat is increasingly, well, old hat.
Speaking of hats, they're down in London. Again, society is changing. Spending our money is much more convenient nowadays using plastic rather than carrying around coins and notes. Americans have gone plastic for decades but now it's becoming more of a world-wide trend.
For buskers, touchless card readers are now "the thing" since people are carrying around a lot less cash. With plastic, even if you get robbed right there on the street in broad daylight, the poor crook doesn't have access to your PIN number(s).... [ Continued ]
(LONDON) "Whether it be organ grinders, fiddle players, bagpipers, accordions or Romany street singers, traditional music was always a fixture in day to day London life in the early 20th century."
So says the London Evening Standard's article and slideshow featuring London buskers through the years.
The streets of London have been a training ground for many artists over the years.
Some buskers have been successful at becoming famous starting with their performance in the street.
Take a trip back in time with some vintage photos and see how busking still plays an important role in the iconic capital's cultural scene.
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and stunning pictures of
London's past buskers.
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(UTAH) With it's first ever Buskerfest, Salt Lake City has started to come out of it's shell in regards to street theater and performances. Citizens of the city are calling for more pitches to perform their art.
Kim Angeli is determined to get more street performers in Salt Lake City - a place that hasn’t always been receptive to the idea. Angeli hopes the SLC Busker Fest will help spread the wealth and connect performers and audiences.
"I would love to have performers on every corner. Art and artistic performance makes an urban environment wonderful and begs to be visited repeatedly," posts Lance Hemmert.
"Abby the Spoon Lady is the most amazing Busker!" cries another.
Most professional buskers are...
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