var title = 'Busker Central It\'s the Law Feed'; var url = ''; var site_url = ''; var site_desc = 'Buskers and Street Performers'; var time = 'Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:31:52 -0400'; var data = new Array(); data[0] = new Array(); data[0]['title'] = 'Buskers booted from Central Park pitch'; data[0]['url'] = ''; data[0]['url'] = ''; data[0]['username'] = 'BC'; data[0]['blog_id'] = '101'; data[0]['blog_message'] = ':scrooge: (NEW YORK) Central Park buskers at the Bethesda Fountain Terrace have been booted off their long-standing pitch by an effort to establish a food and booze court.
The city has posted a new "Quiet Zone" sign there and have been ticketing performers - even handcuffing one opera singer and taking him away.

Parks Department spokeswoman Vickie Karp said the musicians are the problem and have "completely blocked the stairs. The public wants quiet zones and have repeatedly requested quiet places for passive enjoyment of the park."

The food court and bar will feature $8 to $10 beers, $8 glasses of wine, and $7 to $9 sandwiches.


[ Continued ]'; data[0]['blog_time'] = 'Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:26:17 -0400'; data[1] = new Array(); data[1]['title'] = 'Bagpipe busker arrested for "distressing" music'; data[1]['url'] = ''; data[1]['url'] = ''; data[1]['username'] = 'BC'; data[1]['blog_id'] = '28'; data[1]['blog_message'] = ':bagpipe: Police told Shaun Cartwright, 38, his piping had annoyed members of the public and detained him for a breach of the peace.

His bagpipes were seized as he was handcuffed and driven to a police station, although he was later released and told it was not in the public interest to press charges.

Mr Cartwright, who has been playing bagpipes for more than 25 years, was busking in Bridport, Dorset, when he was arrested.

He said: "I'd been playing for almost an hour outside Superdrug on the main street and had made about 50 pounds, so it clearly wasn't causing that much offence.

"But a shopkeeper called the police and two officers turned up saying they had a complaint and they had to respond to it.

"They asked me to move on but I wanted to finish my hour of playing and put the blow stick to my mouth and that was it.

Mr Cartwright, from Bristol, was released after...

[ Continued ]'; data[1]['blog_time'] = 'Tue, 23 Dec 2008 20:17:02 -0500'; data[2] = new Array(); data[2]['title'] = '1000 Buskers in Kuala Lumpur rejoice with legalization'; data[2]['url'] = ''; data[2]['url'] = ''; data[2]['username'] = 'BC'; data[2]['blog_id'] = '131'; data[2]['blog_message'] = ':horn: (MALAYSIA) Kuala Lumpur has just legalized street-performing for which 200 have already auditioned.
A jury of professional musicians will license the street-performers without any set limit of buskers to be selected.

With a population of 7.2 million people in greater Kuala Lumpur, there are over a 1000 happy buskers waiting to have their day.

Guidelines were being finalized but mainly the buskers must have a clean appearance and be disciplined enough to adhere to the designated time and location.

All that remains is finding suitable pitches in and around the city. Some areas may be modified to accompany busker performances.

Adjustments to the new legalization are to follow. As we've seen before, things can change around, flip-flop, flip again, then change back in as little as 1000 days. Hopefully, they'll...

[ Continued ]'; data[2]['blog_time'] = 'Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:30:32 -0500'; data[3] = new Array(); data[3]['title'] = 'Galway and Ocean City debut new codes of busking'; data[3]['url'] = ''; data[3]['url'] = ''; data[3]['username'] = 'BC'; data[3]['blog_id'] = '202'; data[3]['blog_message'] = ':flasher: The Galway, Ireland busking community has published their own code of conduct ahead of the implementation of city council bylaws to regulate the activity. The code is being launched as part of the ‘We Support Friendly Busking’ campaign.
Galway Buskers Community argues there is no need for busking bylaws, stating its new document promotes positive and responsible practices among street performers.

The group is also promoting a new slogan ‘Our Art, Our Streets, Our Responsibility’.

The initiative aims to improve the relationship between buskers and the business community with focus areas including noise levels, duration of performances and crowd obstruction.

The group says any move to rollout bylaws or permits would seriously impact Galway’s reputation as a major arts and culture hub. New bylaws to...

[ Continued ]'; data[3]['blog_time'] = 'Tue, 06 Jun 2017 03:29:12 -0400'; data[4] = new Array(); data[4]['title'] = 'Buskers organizing to fight city fees'; data[4]['url'] = ''; data[4]['url'] = ''; data[4]['username'] = 'BC'; data[4]['blog_id'] = '90'; data[4]['blog_message'] = ':scrooge: (OTTAWA) — Buskers in the ByWard Market want the City of Ottawa to see them as performers, not panhandlers, and keep its hands out of their pockets — and their hats and guitar cases.
“I’m going to move if they don’t change,” said Paul Perreault, a Cirque du Soleil-trained acrobat.

Just in time for the municipal election, buskers are getting organized in response to a city bylaw that went into effect last spring. The bylaw requires street performers in the Market to pay up to $200 for licences, rotate positions frequently and make do without voice amplification.

In response, buskers have formed an association, endorsed a candidate in Rideau-Vanier and voted unanimously in favour of a proposal to amend the bylaw.

Perreault said the current rules are so restrictive, they’re making top-notch international...

[ Continued ]'; data[4]['blog_time'] = 'Sat, 02 Oct 2010 12:21:09 -0400';