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Cape Town Buskers Festival set for November 2018

Published on 12 September 2018

The popular Cape Town Buskers Festival returns to the V&A Waterfront from 1-11 November 2018 when buskers from the international festival circuit join local performers in a celebration of the crowd-stopping, free-wheeling street art 

Presented by the Cape Town Fringe in partnership with the V&A Waterfront, the programme of comedy, physical theatre, dance and music will see performers taking up their turf at outdoor venues and amphitheaters at the busy attraction.

A family-friendly event, the Buskers Festival is now in its third year. Previous editions have showcased acts such as a chainsaw-juggling monocyclist from Europe, a rather “politically incorrect” comedian from Canada, a plastic bucket one-man-band from Spain, and a silent mime from Argentina. The local talent matches up with soccer styling stars, unexpected musical virtuosos, riel dancers, acrobatic actors and more.

Live auditions for the 2018 Cape Town Busker’s Festival will be held at the V&A Waterfront amphitheatre on 11, 13 & 15 September. Those who are unable to attend in person can submit a Youtube link of their act. All performers interested in participating should complete the application form, which you can find here: Applications close on 1 October.

Cape Town Fringe CEO Tony Lankester said the Cape Town Buskers Festival was an excellent opportunity to show how the performing arts can become a realistic and sustainable self-employment option. “By working hard on their acts and studying crowd and audience dynamics, buskers can earn a decent living and even travel the world. We salute the V&A Waterfront for their ongoing support of these performers by providing a space for them to work and for recognising their art as an entrepreneurial opportunity.” 

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The Cape Town Buskers Festival is part of the Cape Town Fringe, adding the magic of street theatre to the mix of theatre, dance, music, comedy. There is no Cape Town Fringe in 2018 but be sure to look out for our exciting 2019 plans. The Cape Town Fringe and the Cape Town Buskers Festival are projects of the National Arts Festival.