A Unique Music Festival
There’s growing movement in Australia’s regional towns that is actively promoting busking for all the amazing benefits that street performance can bring to rural communities. The not-for-profit association that is on the leading edge of this movement is called the Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC).
First conceived in the little country town of Cooma, NSW the ANBC has 8 Regional Competitions planned in 2020:
> Stanthorpe Qld – 29th February
> Kilmore Vic – 4th April
> Narooma NSW – 30th May
> Noosa Qld – 6th – 7th June
> Peak Hill NSW – TBC
> Gundagai – TBC
> Braddon, ACT – TBC
> Cooma NSW – Regional & Grand Final – 14th November
and, many more regional towns are interested in coming on board.
The Australian National Busking Championships™ is a different sort of music festival for Australia. Music festivals in Australia have typically been based on a particular style of music, eg Tamworth Country Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival. The ANBC is a celebration of all styles of music because the buskers that perform in this festival bring a huge variety of music. Whether that be Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, R & B, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Indigenous, Multicultural or Classical , the Australian National Busking Championships™ reflects the rich diversity of Australian music culture.
Ticket prices for most music festivals are expensive; in the ANBC all the street entertainment is provided free of charge. The audience can, of course, tip the busker but that is their choice. All this wonderful music is performed literally feet away from them.