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21st National Street Festival
Belper, Derbyshire, UK. This annual festival will be hosted in Leeds next year. No details for that as yet but this years festival had Sunday busking slots available for choirs, hopefully next year will follow suit.

Alternative Arts
Top Studio, Bethnal Green Training Centre, Deal Street, London E15HZ. Tel: 020 7375 0441. This arts organisation invests in new ideas, organises training and produces festivals and events like The Spitalfields Festival Fringe and the Paddington Performance Festival.

Big in Falkirk
Scotlands National Street Arts Festival takes place in May. Please note that there is no longer a Busking Competition as part of the festival!!

Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Edinburgh, Scotland. This massive annual festival is unique with street performance, theatre, shows, comedy and a huge variety of alternative acts performing over several days practically everywhere in Edinburgh! Performers and Venue information available at edfringegroups.

Gilbert & Sullivan Festival
Buxton, Halifax. UK. Buskers are invited to contact the organisers, who are seeking buskers to entertain their guests prior to each evening performance and during the intervals at the Festival.

Lynton and Lynmouth Music Festival Busking Competition
As part of the festival taking place on 9th, 10th and 11th of June, there will be a busking competition starting approx 12.30 on Sunday the 11th. There is a 100.00 GBP first prize and a 50.00 GBP second prize, plus the winner gets to play on the main stage. To register phone Keith on 01598 752736 or Ian on 01598 752398, or e-mail info@llama.org.uk, further festival info available at the site.

Annual performing arts festival for the Variety Arts. Includes street performing at legendary pitches, public shows, workshops, critique sessions, business lectures and parties! Evaluation and registration forms available online.

Owen Sound Celtic Festival
Three day annual celtic festival includes a busking competition! Winners receive cash prizes plus the opportunity to perform at the Saturday Night Ceilidh.

Salisbury Festival UK
This years festival provided a Busking Workshop and Busking Competition which took place in different sites around the town.

Southsea Folk & Roots Festival UK
Blues, folk, roots and buskers on the pier and at various venues in the Portsmouth area during the festival period.

Swaledale Festival
This week packed with music workshops and showcases included a workshop on busking and improvisation followed by the chance to put new skills into practice by busking around Reeth Green part of the Street Theatre Day so make a note for next years diary!

Tickle The Ivories
Festival in Liverpool ONE called Tickle the Ivories, where 5 pianos will be placed on the streets from 1st July - 4th September 2011. Performance slots can be booked for free by performers of any age, style and ability. Orchestras, Choirs, musicians, bands or dance/theatre groups are welcome to book timeslots to perform on the streets of Liverpool ONE using the pianos at busy times of day to promote an event or cause, fundraise, busk or simply perform just for fun.

Yahoo! Directory
Links to street performance related sites and festivals.

Street performer of the Year 2007
The Victoria Park
360 Victoria Park Road
London E9 7BT
25th,26, and 27th August 2007. For info and registration contact James on 07821250646


All Ireland Busking Competition
Information on this and other busking competitions plus history, photographs and line dance suppliers links.

Killarney Summer Festival, Ireland
Hosts of the Annual International Busking Competition!

Phoenix Festival
Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. The busking and street entertainment competition was held again for the second year running at this annual festival, go check out the entrants, previous winners, latest news and contact details.


Singapore River Buskers' Festival
Annual festival of jugglers, street comedians, acrobats, and other entertainers held in Singapore at the end of the year.

Tokyo Buskers Festival
Site is in Japanese, used an online translation tool, so apologies if information is incorrect! The Busker Festival and Competition is open to all types of street performer like ballonists, jugglers, magicians, acrobats, mime artists and musicians. The info is dated 2001 and may not be an annual event.


Adelaide Festival of the Arts
(also Fringe Festival), Adelaide, Ausralia, 27 Feb 2004 - 14 Mar 2004 (Every 2 years), started in 1964, 105 Hindley St, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000 Tel: +61 (0) 8 8216 4444 afa@adelaidefestival.net.au

Adelaide Fringe
The official fringe website containing news, faq, program and a new online event registration system. Artist registrations for 2004 festival to be held on 20th Feb to 14th March are now closed so book early if you want to participate in 2005!

Australian Blues Music Festival
held in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, includes a 'Busking the Blues Competition Entry Form' and 'General Buskers Form' with conditions and information for anyone interested in participating.

Busking By The Bay Festival
Details of this annual festival held in Redland Bay, Australia includes online application form.

Coff's Harbour International Buskers Festival
Annual buskers festival held in New South Wales, Australia. The program features competitions, local musos busking days, schools program and seven days of shows with new and established street performers from all over the world.

Fremantle Buskers Festival
The site contains information about the festival held in various parts of Freemantle over the Easter Weekend in 2001 with pictures, descriptions and links to performers sites.

Telstra Country Music Festival
The Australian Country Music Busking Championships are held annually, usually in January. Registered buskers are judged throughout the week and anumber are chosen to perform on the Friday night of the festival. The winners receive cash prices and are invited to play in the official closing ceremony. Registration packs are available around Oct. Search the events listings from the main site to find latest festival news.


Charlottetown Festival of Lights
This large annual Canada Day Celebration held at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada in June sees the Aliant International Buskers entertaining round the waterfront everyday.

Dundas Busking Festival
Annual outdoor buskerfest held over 3 days in June. Street comedy from around the world, arts, crafts, jugglers, comedians, stilt walkers, musicians and a buskers variety show keeps everyone entertained.

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
Annual 10 day street festival held in Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB. The next one in July 2004 is the festivals 20th anniversary!

Festival Loto-Quebec Just For Laughs
Annual street festival held in Montreal every July. The festival includes a wide range of artists and events.

Halifax Buskers Fest
Annual busking festival held in Nova Scotia every August. Acts wishing to participate are invited to send in their promotional packages. Applications start every September of each year for the following season. The site is also rather cool with performer spotlights, associated festivals, photo album, peoples choice award and streaming video!

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous
4 day festival held in Ontario every July. Site contains photos, facts, event information and the Buskers application form.

Nelson International Street Performers and Arts Festival
Held in Nelson, British Columbia over two days in July. Performers are requsted to send in their promotional material for consideration or email them for more details.

Ottowa Fringe Festival
The Ottawa Fringe festival hosts both buskers and musicians locally, nationally and internationally for its 10 day festival in the end of June. This coming festival will be from June 16 - 26 2005 with applications becoming available in late October (as usual). The site contains the schedule, venue details, workshop listings, and a Guide to Fringing plus links to some of the performers websites. (Thanks to Juanita from Ottawa Fringe Festival for providing Canadian festival contacts and info)

Ottawa's Busker Festival on Sparks Street (organized by the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area at 613-230-0984 or by fax at 613-230-7671)

Toronto Buskers Fest
Annual festival held every August. Performers wishing to participate are requested to send in their promotional packages for review. Applications will be accepted starting September of each year for the following season.

Waterloo Busker Carnival
Annual August Carnival held in uptown Waterloo, Ontario. Site contains info, gallery and usual promo stuff. Buskers interested in performing in the carnival Email: performers@waterloo-buskers.com

Windsor International Buskers Festival
Ontario, Canada every August. Includes the annual peoples choice best performer awards. site contains photo gallery, roster etc., send queries to email to info@passthehat.com


1st Street Music Festival, Berlin
Will take place on Saturday, the 29th October 2005. Buskers from all over the world can sign in from 9 until 12 noon that day or via Email (info@lieblingslied-records.de) before. Performances will take place on Kastanienallee and at 'The Bastard' club. No entry fee.

The following prizes can be won:
1st prize: 4 days in a studio and pressing of 1000 copies on CD.
2nd prize: A voucher of 300 Euros for musical equipment.
3rd prize: A date at the celebrity hairdresser Udo Waltz.

On the same day the DVD BERLIN ANALOG will be released. Berlin Analog is a documentary snap-shot: A DVD containing a documentary film about streetmusic-szene in Berlin, with original composition by 13 Berlin base buskers and a music video.

Busker Bus **NEW**
Annual international street art festival held in Wroclaw - Poland.

Artisti in Piazza
International buskers and street performers festival held in Pennabilli, Italy every June. Site in Italian.

Busker Festival - Giradora
Organised by the Balon Traders Association in collaboration with the City of Turin in Italy during September. The site is in Italian.

Ferrara Buskers Festival
International parade of Street Musicians held in Ferrara, Italy every August. Site in Italian, English or French. Applications for invited and credited artists available online.

La Fira de Teatre
Site in Spanish. Buskers wishing to participate need to send in their material between October to Feb for review. Festival takes place during September, in Tarrega, Spain (nr Barcelona).

Porsgrunn Internasjonale Teaterfestival
Norway Theater Fest with indoor and outdoor pitches, workshops, exhibitions. Contact info available on site.

Terzo studio
Italian Festival Producers. Site in Italian. (no English version).

Santa Sofia Buskers Festival
Cute animated busker on the main page and another one inside - the info is not so easy to find as the site is in Italian.

The Games of La Francophonie
The games have both sporting and cultural events including 'Song', 'Poetry' and occassionally 'Busking!' Countries take part in hosting the event, the next one will be held in Niamey, Niger, from December 7 to 17, 2005.


South Canterbury Annual Busking Festival
Seddon Square, Queen Street, Waimate, South Canterbury, New Zealand. Waimate provides an opportunity for amateurs to test their skills and earn a round of applause, and the professionals an opportunity to show their talent and earn lunch. Performers application form available for download at the site. Click on 'Events' link to find latest info.

World Buskers Festival
Annual nine day international street performers festival held in Christchurch, New Zealand during February.


Busking Bonanza
Information and online application form for the Busking Bonanza which is now run by the Subjective Theatre.

Chicago Buskerfest
The festival is held at various locations around the New East Side neighborhood with buskers performing continuously each day.