Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers .Performances are anything that people find entertaining . Performers may do acrobatics , animal tricks , balloon twisting, caricatures , clowning, comedy, contortions, escapology , dance, singing, fire skills, flea circus, fortune-telling, juggling, magic , mime , living statue, musical performance, puppeteering , snake charming , storytelling or reciting poetry or prose , street art such as sketching and painting, street theatre, sword swallowing , and ventriloquism.
Last week we enjoyed 3 days of entertainment by some of Cape Town’s well known street performers and some International Acts too, this was part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival giving buskers the opportunity to showcase their talents at The first International Buskers festival.
4 stages and over 40 different performers we were really spoilt for choice, I attended the Saturday even though the weather was abit gloomy it did not deter the performers from putting on awesome shows…..like they say in show business – The Show Must Go on…
I saw a guy juggle children….uh I mean a chainsaw, yip a real working chainsaw how insane is that….with a name like DynaMike I guess anything is possible.
A magician, uh hold onto your wallets people when there is a magician involved be sure to check you back pocket…..your wallet might just become a white dove and fly away…
The festival really gave us the best of what Cape Town and The World has to offer, I hope this becomes an annual event and that people will tip generously…to see acts like these you’ll probably have to pay over R100 and we got it for free.
Not only were these performers amazing but they are also inspirational..if you believe in your dreams no matter how big or small, take every opportunity that comes your way, put yourself out there…busk if you must one day SOON someone will buy your CD..
Because we are, we are Children of the Sun.