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Bask in Busking

Calling all musos and street performers! City of Darwin is calling out for talented locals and visitors to fill the streets with music, sweet music, and diverse pop-up performances.

By Tierney Seccull

Council recognises the artform of busking and street performance and the lovely contribution it makes to the cultural fabric of the CBD. It gives creatives the chance to share their talents – and to make a bit of coin – whilst providing entertainment for locals and visitors.

Musician Duval is new to busking, and says it’s a win for all.

“I think it is the best opportunity for me … Busking in the mall brings more positive energy, so people walk past and they’re listening, so I think it’s the best.”

Permits are limited to 100 at any given time, but they’re super cheap at just five dollars a pop. Permit holders can perform during set hours every day of the week, for a maximum of two hours and a minimum of 150 metres away from other buskers.

Performance categories include music, circus, acrobatics, poetry, dance and more. Campbell The Swaggie travels the country sharing his beautiful bush poetry, and encourages the general public to get behind it.

“There’s a lot happening up here, and I support the whole lot of them. Come have fun, enjoy!”

If this sounds like your jam, throw your name in the hat and give others the chance to throw some coins in yours!


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