Past Events

Cape Town Buskers Festival

Buskers!, Artists!, performers!, singers! and dancers! – if you have a crowd pulling, original act this is the call to audition for the new & improved 2018 Cape Town Buskers Festival which will be taking place this year from 1 to 11 November at the V & A Waterfront. These auditions will also be for the V&A Waterfront Summer season.

Cape Town Buskers Festival

5 – 8 October 2017

A partnership between the National Arts Festival, Cape Town Fringe and V&A Waterfront

THE ARTISTS

80 amazing performances – street performers, circus acts, buskers, musicians, artists, clowns, mimes and entertainers… over four days at Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hub.

SMILE 90.4FM MAKING MUSIC FOR MADIBA

67 Buskers – 67 Minutes – 67 Street Corners

On Mandela Day, Tuesday 18 July, Smile 90.4FM will be Making Music for Madiba.

67 musicians will busk for 67 minutes in 67 different locations around Cape Town – anywhere they can get permission – e.g. on the street, in the office cafeteria, or in a shopping mall.

All 67 musicians will start busking simultaneously at 12:00 and finish at 13:07.

Each musician to register successfully will receive a Smile 90.4FM ‘Making Music for Madiba’ certificate, signboard and busking bucket.

All money collected during the 67 minutes of busking will be pooled and donated towards music development for underprivileged children.

Watch out for it on Mandela Day, Tuesday 18 July, on a street corner near you!

Cape Town Buskers Festival

International and local buskers are headed for the V&A Waterfront from 5 to 8 October as the second Cape Town Buskers Festival gets under way.

The Buskers Festival closes the Cape Town Fringe Festival – and the school holidays – with a programme of free-to-enter performances on four stages at the V&A Waterfront.

Audiences pay for what they like, and can do so by putting money into the performers’ hats, a tradition called ‘hatting’. Cape Town Buskers Festival CEO Tony Lankester says, ‘In many respects busking is the original crowdfunding. It’s also one of the oldest forms of theatre but, in South Africa, it’s not always accorded the same respect as other performance arts.

We will be bringing out some international acts to add variety to the programme but our local street performers will certainly dominate and will hold their own with the crowds.’

THE ARTISTS

80 amazing performances – street performers, circus acts, buskers, musicians, artists, clowns, mimes and entertainers… over four days at Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hub. Want to take part? Click here

THE FRINGE

The Cape Town Buskers Festival is part of the Cape Town Fringe. Established in 2014, the Cape Town Fringe provides a platform for all genres of performance – theatre, dance, music, comedy – and the Buskers Festival adds street theatre to the mix, giving Capetonians a rich, exciting programme for the whole family.

Visit www.ctbuskersfestival.co.za for more information.