We cannot wait for The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival, taking off Thursday at “Pitch Stops” all over town, August 30-September 3. Nothing beats jaw-dropping, foot stomping live entertainment. No editing, no retakes, just sheer talent, guts and gusto. From comedy to music to escape artists and jugglers, there is something for everyone. No tickets, no need for ID, sitters or dog sitters, just come on downtown and check it out. Don’t forget to bring some change and some bills – after all, it’s busking!
These international buskers travel the globe entertaining, learning new skills, new jokes, new material. Have a look at a few of the many entertainers, to whet your whistle and clear your calendar.
Whip cracking, hand-balancing, escape artist Tianna The Traveller was sent a note after a show that read:
“You might not think it but you already inspire people. When you get children involved in your street shows they leave elated, empowered and [with] a mind open to new possibilities and wonders. Please don’t ever change you are an intelligent beautiful person with skill and wonder”
— Andrew, United Kingdom
For a sneak peek, check Tianna out here:
“Strong collaboration makes The Downtown Buskers Festival possible. It is vital,” shares Jeff Bray, Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. “Thanks to our key sponsors, Tourism Victoria, City of Victoria and the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria, as well as many others, downtown Victoria will teem with energy, talent and hilarity.”
Speaking of talent, let’s move on to a bit of music. What about George Kamikawa? His lap slide guitar, harminica and vocals are rich, complex and mesmerizing. He moved to Australia more than a decade ago to pursue his dream of being a busker…lucky, lucky us:
The performances will be taking place from 5pm Thursday, August 30 at Centennial Square. From August 31-Sept 3, shows will run from 11am-9pm at Bastion Square, Centennial Square (two stages), and Market Square. Here is the schedule!
This weekend is a big one. It’s the last weekend before school goes back. The Downtown Victoria Busker’s Festival is the best way to end the holiday on a high note, with a few days of astounding acts and spellbinding beats and side-splitting stunt-comedies (yes, we have one! See below). This year’s line up is epic. Join us in cheering them on and enjoying another fantastic event in downtown Victoria.
We also have many volunteer opportunities, from festival information guides to sustainability pioneers to beer garden helpers. Please visit here for a full list of performers, showtimes, sponsors and volunteer sign up.
So great. We cannot wait. Look forward to seeing you there!
DVBA is proud to offer the Green Guide, a free resource developed by Synergy, for festival and event organisers. What does this mean? The Downtown Buskers Festival talent will be bright, loud and exciting, but the carbon footprint will be neutral.
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