Street performance celebrated in Network Rail stations for International Busking Day launch17 March 2016
Applications have opened for the new Busk in London pitches, which are being rolled out at Network Rail’s largest managed stations across the capital from Wednesday 16 March, in the run-up to the first International Busking Day on 23 July this year.
Street performers will delight and entertain rail passengers at the new entertainment areas, adding to the stations’ destination experience.
The Busk in London Festival will be returning over nine days from 23-31 July, with Trafalgar Square hosting performers from around the world. This year, for the first time, it will include performance masterclasses and 'Give it a Go' sessions
It will coincide with International Busking Day, a day of entertainment for all, intended to raise the profile of street performance on a global level while highlighting its significance in city life.
London and other cities worldwide, including New York, Paris, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Toronto – as well as 50 other cities across the UK – will all be celebrating the day of festivities, showcasing street performance from music and magic to street dance, art and physical theatre.
It’s not only railway stations that will be hosting International Busking Day events – a range of public spaces from city squares and shopping malls to parks will all be getting in on the act.
It’s great to hear that there will now be an official Busk in London busking circuit in London's major train stations… It's a great opportunity for the capital's young talent to show their wares and take on the challenge of an audience on the move.
Musician Hugh Cornwell, one of the founders of The Stranglers
Applications for a spot at one of the Network Rail Busk in London pitches are open on the Busk in London website.