We'll be offering a number of free activites at this year's Festival. The Academy Tent will be on Trafalgar Square all weekend and play host to a series of workshops designed with both performers and families in mind.
Check out the list below and book your places here.
= performer workshop
= family workshop
= give it a go session
Performers in Paintings: View and Create, in partnership with the National Gallery and supported by Cass Art
Saturday 23 July: 1300-1400; 1600-1700*
Sunday 24 July: 1300-1400; 1600-1700*
*These are the tour times only. You are welcome to spend as long as you like after the tour on the visual arts pitch creating your own street art.
While Trafalgar Square plays host to world class street performers for the Busk in London Festival, find your performance inspiration through an exclusive tour of Performers in Paintings in the National Gallery’s collection. How have some of the most celebrated artists in Western painting shown dancing, music and revelry? Join a National Gallery expert for a special hour long tour followed by the chance to create your own street art on the festival’s visual arts pitch.
Materials to create your piece of street art will be provided on the visual arts pitch, but feel free to bring a sketch book for the tour or take photos to remind you of what you have seen in the gallery.
Get Twisting - Balloon Modelling
Sunday 24 July: 1300-1400
Want to make weird and wonderful balloon art? Come along to this Give it a Go session led by balloon artist Ine Twist and learn the basic twists before freestyling your way to your own bespoke balloon creation!
Roland Amp & Epiphone Guitar Demos
Saturday 23 July: 1400-1500; 1800-1900
Sunday 24 July: 1500-1600; 1800 - 1900
(NO BOOKING REQUIRED)
For a lot of musicians, it might just be a case of ON and OFF. Get the best out of your amp! Demonstrators will be on hand in the tent to talk through the features of a number of their best selling battery powered products, including the Cube Street and BA-330.
Try out these amps with some of the latest models on show from Epiphone Guitars.
No booking required.
Vocal MOT, in partnership with Morley College London
Saturday 23 July: 1300-1400
Whether you're a singer or not, we sometimes take our voices for granted. Led by David Revels, Head of Vocal Studies at Morley College, this session will reveal the intricacies of the voice, how it works and how we can all look after and protect it. Expect to take part in group vocal warm up and vocal exercises.
Music and the Law
Saturday 23 July: 1600-1700
Music lawyer Nigel Davies will host a session answering your questions about protecting your music in a complex and ever changing industry.
Dancing in the Street, in partnership with Morley College London
Saturday 23 July: 1700-1800
Pick up the moves for the pleasure of spontaneous participation in a lively workshop led by a Morley College dance tutor. NB: please wear comfortable clothing.
Using the street as your stage, in partnership with Morley College London
Saturday 23 July: 1500-1600
Performing on a stage to an audience who've come to see you is hard enough. How do you engage with an audience that might just be passing by on the street? Melissa Booth, Head of Drama, will give you some top tips about how to present yourself when you busk and build a crowd.
'Take to the stage' performance workshop
Sunday 24 July: 1400-1500; 1600-1700
With over 30 years of performance experience, Jay Stapley takes you on a whistlestop tour identifying common performance pitfalls, bad habits and ways to avoid them. Ideal for anyone wanting to make sure the next time they take to the stage, they own it.
The MU and You, in partnership with the Musicians' Union
Sunday 24 July: 1700-1800
The Musicians' Union has been standing up for musicians for over 120 years and represents over 30,000 people in all sectors of the music business. Come along to this session and find out what the MU can do for you.