var title = 'Busker Central Living the Life Feed'; var url = ''; var site_url = ''; var site_desc = 'Buskers and Street Performers'; var time = 'Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:40:38 -0400'; var data = new Array(); data[0] = new Array(); data[0]['title'] = 'Buskers take hit with economy'; data[0]['url'] = ''; data[0]['url'] = ''; data[0]['username'] = 'BC'; data[0]['blog_id'] = '16'; data[0]['blog_message'] = ':scrooge: It's survival of the fittest as some resort to dirty tactics in face of stiffer competition.

Outwit, outplay, outlast.
That motto from TV reality series Survivor also holds true for the buskers in Orchard Road.

The current economic downturn is certainly not music to their ears as they have seen takings drop in recent months.

If that's not enough of a worry, they also have to fend off competition from both legitimate and illegal buskers.

But more of that later. For now, the downturn is a more worrisome test of survivor skills.

Take the case of Mr Donald Wee, 51, who strums the guitar near Shaw House.

'More people are donating coins instead of $5 or $10 notes,' he lamented.

He used to earn about $100 in two hours but can net only $40 now. The former security guard went into busking four years ago when he could not find another job after he was arrested for fighting....

[ Continued ]'; data[0]['blog_time'] = 'Sun, 16 Nov 2008 19:44:05 -0500'; data[1] = new Array(); data[1]['title'] = 'With busking, pay to play has it's benefits'; data[1]['url'] = ''; data[1]['url'] = ''; data[1]['username'] = 'BC'; data[1]['blog_id'] = '186'; data[1]['blog_message'] = ':spotlight: (BUSKER ALLEY) Buskers sometimes avoid cities where licensing is required. To them, it doesn't make sense when the hat may be too small to consider a permit. This creates a dilemma.
When you think about it, the pay to play scheme actually has it's own valuable benefits. Consequently, it sometimes leaves the door wide open to busk a city where little if any busking is occuring. By asking how many busking permits have been issued, buskers can get an approximation of the competition to be expected.

By being permitted, the busker may also have a selection of top pitches from which to choose.

Since busking is always weather permitting, warm sunny days year-round really helps the tourism industry as well as the busker's pocketbook.

When all the factors are added up, it may make perfect sense to have...

[ Continued ]'; data[1]['blog_time'] = 'Sun, 03 Apr 2016 13:04:53 -0400'; data[2] = new Array(); data[2]['title'] = 'World Busker Festival celebrates 25 years'; data[2]['url'] = ''; data[2]['url'] = ''; data[2]['username'] = 'BC'; data[2]['blog_id'] = '206'; data[2]['blog_message'] = ':spotlight: (CHRISTCHURCH) Comedians, daredevils, dancers, singers and acrobats will hit the streets in January to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the World Buskers Festival. Fifty-five performers representing 14 countries will descend on the city for the annual 10-day festival from January 18-28.
To celebrate 25 years, there will be five headline shows. After making it through to the America’s Got Talent final last year, The Boy with Tape on His Face is coming home to premier his new ideas. Urzila Carlson will perform her new show Unacceptable and the Topp Twins will entertain the crowds with their classic Kiwi humour. A Night at the Musicals, featuring Le Gateau Chocolat, will bring musical entertainment, as will Crossdresser for Christ, featuring Ginger Minj from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

New features wil...

[ Continued ]'; data[2]['blog_time'] = 'Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:53:09 -0500'; data[3] = new Array(); data[3]['title'] = 'Taiwan Buskers Development Association'; data[3]['url'] = ''; data[3]['url'] = ''; data[3]['username'] = 'BC'; data[3]['blog_id'] = '108'; data[3]['blog_message'] = ':sax: (TAIPEI) Busking is a thriving art in Taipei - a city that is busy promoting Taiwanese street performances featuring modern and traditional elements.
In Taipei City alone, there are 59 public places now open to street performers including parks, commercial plazas, and a number of metro stations.

Besides Vieshow Square, the Ximending area in western Taipei and the Tamshui Metro station near the northwest coast of New Taipei City are also renowned busking sites.

Born from this success, the Taiwan Buskers Development Association was created whose mission is to fight for more street performance space, advocate buskers job rights, and keep the traditional arts alive.

The talents of these street performers range from portraiture, singing, acrobatics and juggling to posing as living statues, magic tricks, street dancing,...

[ Continued ]'; data[3]['blog_time'] = 'Sun, 02 Oct 2011 22:02:05 -0400'; data[4] = new Array(); data[4]['title'] = 'Busking on the streets of Aspen'; data[4]['url'] = ''; data[4]['url'] = ''; data[4]['username'] = 'BC'; data[4]['blog_id'] = '175'; data[4]['blog_message'] = ':knight: (ASPEN) Let us take a Summer stroll up to Aspen and see how the buskers are faring.
In this sleepy little hamlet high above the madding crowds lies four downtown city blocks and the high-end shopping district. Within the red bricked lanes are planters, evergreens, grass, trees, and benches. Classic streetlamps light the way and no cars are allowed. The style was influenced by Boulder and it's mall on Pearl Street.

In Aspen (or "Hollyweed" as the locals call it), you can find many buskers plying their art. Why, you may even run into a "moobie star" out shopping at any given time. The famous four ski lifts long quiet, people are finding Colorado in the Summertime rather interesting, fun, and something out of the ordinary.

A Busker Central News reporter busked Aspen a while back. "As...

[ Continued ]'; data[4]['blog_time'] = 'Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:23:15 -0400';