<![CDATA[Busker Central Odds and ends Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers <![CDATA[The Big Busk raises over £10,000]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=195&c=8&sid=9c44ae5d64b720e7166a2c1623749f2e (SHREWSBURY) What started as a tribute to busker Ben Bebbington by his family and friends has swelled to event with over 40 musical acts. Ben was tragically killed in a senseless murder by two teenagers in September of 2012.
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Made up of over 200 people who filled the town with a carnival atmosphere, Happy Days in Shrewsbury took place in the town’s beautiful medieval centre. Raising over £10,000, it was a celebration of community, music and talent all in glorious sunshine. It also raised awareness and funds for The Shrewsbury Ark - a charity that had supported Ben in recent years and meant a huge amount to him.

A known busker within the town, Ben was an excellent musician and would often play his guitar in some late great impromptu jams. Other muses would join him after-hours and perform standards and original so...

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<![CDATA[Cirque du Soleil celebrates 25th anniversary]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=45&c=8&sid=9c44ae5d64b720e7166a2c1623749f2e
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The circus company, with 19 traveling and permanent shows now playing, sold 11 million tickets worldwide last year and has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents since 1984.

What started as a ragtag group of 20 street performers has blossomed into a global entertainment empire with an estimated net worth of three billion dollars and 4,000 employees in 40 countries.

Founded by former fire-eater Guy Laliberte, whose idea to transform circus acrobatics into sensational, plot-driven theatre has revolutionized this sector of the entertainment industry, it has however always remained true to its root

The performers originate from n...

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<![CDATA[Film: "The Giant Mechanical Man" features human statue]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=99&c=8&sid=9c44ae5d64b720e7166a2c1623749f2e (HOLLYWOOD) The film "The Giant Mechanical Man" tells of a human statue street-performer (Topher Grace) who falls in love with female zoo worker (Jenna Fischer). Each of them resists pressure from friends and family not to get together.
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A romantic comedy, it's yet again another love story featuring the performers. A tried and true story-line, it dates back to the silent cinema era with "The Blue Angel".


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<![CDATA['Playing for change' & 'Oasis' try musical interpretations]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=36&c=8&sid=9c44ae5d64b720e7166a2c1623749f2e The group Playing For Change is the international stew stirred by Mark Johnson, a recording engineer/ producer who had a vision in a New York City subway station 10 years ago. He's travelled the world seeking out indigenous musicians all over the world to compile a series of songs performed by buskers. Johnson brought together, on tape, musicians from Israel, India, Ireland, the U.S. and several African nations to back the vocals of Marley and U2's Bono.

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The past few years saw the release of several interesting busker documentaries. Online video sharing and social networking websites are now flooding the internet with street performers from around the world shot by amateurs on holiday.

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<![CDATA["Grate" Performances kick off Times Square gig]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=43&c=8&sid=9c44ae5d64b720e7166a2c1623749f2e Almost 100 street performers and buskers auditioned for 3 minutes each for a spot in this summer's Grate Performances series in the Big Apple's Duffy square.

Billed as the "crossroads of the world", the Times Square Alliance events are scheduled to start May 28th.

Sadly, New York City performers are usually restricted to performing underground in the city's dark and dirty subway system. This time, however, they were allowed to perform in the sunshine and be viewed by the general public.

Revealing some fresh faces, there were some old familiar ones with even the Naked Cowboy "butting" in.

See a Daily News video here.]]>