International Busking Day
"Street performance has the capacity to create a sense of place and to create positive change within a city. Where there's music and entertainment on the streets, you'll find a city that's open to creative possibilities - a place that thinks and cares about about citizens." Luke Jerram, Artist behind the international street pianos project Play Me I'm Yours.
#InternationalBuskingDay is Saturday 21 July 2018. This year the London hub is Wembley Park. We will be running a programme of festival events from midday - 8p.m.
Street performance is under threat. Busking is legal on public land and has existed spontaneously for centuries, but many local councils are considering restricting or regulating it. Busk in London believe it is important that busking remains legal on public land. The streets are the world's biggest talent platform. Celebrate your local street performers!
Performers across 6 continents took part in International Busking Day last year - from Sydney to Reyjkavik, Tokyo to Rio. Public spaces were filled with music, magic, comedy, physical theatre, living statues and dance. We marked them on a giant map in Trafalgar Square, London as they popped up on social media across the day.
How can I get involved?
- Get out there and do your thing whether you're a newcomer or a seasoned pro. Upload a photo or video of your performance to social media on the day with the hashtag #InternationalBuskingDay We'll repost and share throughout the day.
- Support local talent. Let us know about any buskers you've seen on your travels. If they made your day brighter, show your support by tipping them.
- Email us at email@example.com if you want to tell us where you plan to be. We'll put you on the map and send you an International Busking Day T-shirt and stickers to get creative with.
A huge thank you to everybody who took part in and supported International Busking Day.
Here's the lowdown-
- International Busking Day was launched on Trafalgar Square by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, alongside Jessie Ware, The Vamps and Tinchy Stryder
- Performers across 6 continents entertained us and uploaded photos on social media. Some were seasoned buskers; some were giving it a go for the first time
- #InternationalBuskingDay remained in the top 5 trending on twitter throughout the weekend
- The campaign gained 22 million impressions on social media with great support from our Busk in London ambassadors including Seal, Jack Savoretti, Fatboy Slim, Billy Bragg, Corinne Bailey Rae, Hugh Cornwell, Stomp
- We had a surprise visit from Liam Gallagher who popped down to show his support for buskers
- Over 25,000 people visited our hub, Trafalagar Square on the day, which also kick started Busk in London Festival
International Busking Day 2016
Our streets and public spaces are alive and kicking throughout the year, so we created a day to really shout about this. On Saturday 23 July 2016, 100 cities around the world will join together to celebrate the first ever International Busking Day.
London leads the celebrations from Trafalgar Square, with the world showing its support. From urban streets to parks, beaches, subways, refugee camps, jungles and mountains.
Click to see maps of world and UK locations: