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:sax: (TAIPEI) Busking is a thriving art in Taipei - a city that is busy promoting Taiwanese street performances featuring modern and traditional elements.
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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, candy boiling, making rice dough figures and balloon and straw designing.

In promoting street performance, the Taipei municipal government introduced a regulation in 2005 to allow any street performance group and individuals with a license to perform in the city. These include areas inside the metro system and in parks lifting previous restrictions imposed on outdoor public spaces.

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