VIDEO: Buskers bring festival to life

CAN you juggle, sing a tune, dance or play an instrument?

Then the Banjo Paterson Festival needs you.

The inaugural 10-day festival kicks off on February 7 and buskers are invited to perform at various locations across the city.

One of the first buskers to sign up was Alix Riley who said she was excited about the opportunity.

“Singing and performing is a good thing for me,” she said.

While she is a regular performer in venues across Orange, Ms Riley said the thought of performing to the public on the streets was something new for her.

“I’ve never busked so I’m a little bit nervous,” she said.

Busking co-ordinator David Williams hopes the performances will bring Orange to life during the festival.

“We want people like singers, people doing prose or even people playing duelling banjos,” he said.

“It’s street entertainment ... we’re trying to create a festival atmosphere in the streets.”

Opportunities are available to buskers in two-hour time slots every day of the festival.

Post Office Lane will be among four busking venues available, with other locations at some of the central business district’s busiest areas.

Mr Williams said busking offered performers another creative outlet.

While bigger festivals across NSW may offer buskers the opportunity to perform, many will only accept “big name” performers.

“If you’re young and inexperienced you’re not likely to get a busking spot at some of the bigger festivals,” he said.

Registration is $20, with all contributions from passers-by to be kept by each individual busker.

Contact David Williams on 0428 288 431 or buskorange@iinet.net.au to register to perform.

Follow ‘Busk Banjo Festival Orange’ on Facebook for more information.

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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