Cambridge Buskers and Street Performers Festival to be held in September
With the lifting of the pandemic restrictions, and the desire to celebrate the musical talents of Cambridge and the surrounding areas, the Cambridge Buskers and Street Performers Festival will be taking place on September 18 and 19.
The organisers had planned to hold the festival sooner, but the pandemic prevented them from doing so - and the new timing will fit in with other events happening in the city in September.
The aim of the Cambuskers Community Group is to celebrate and embrace all the talent and culture in the city and to highlight the ‘Street Performers Code of Practice’ throughout the festival.
This code of conduct aims to ensure that businesses, residents and visitors can enjoy a time honoured tradition which goes back to medieval times, when wandering minstrels and bards travelled from place to place and acted not only as entertainers, but also as news reporters and message bearers.
Held for the first time in July 2008, the festival will be dedicated to the loved ones lost - and those who continue to suffer - as a result of the pandemic. Greg Butler, chair of the Cambuskers Committee, said: “We are really keen to encourage people to be part of our festival. This is a well-established event that has been both on the streets of Cambridge, and as a part of Strawberry Fair, in more recent years."
Heather Bevan-Hunt, festival director and founder of the festival, added: “We will be opening up applications for performers to apply and will let you know the details shortly. In addition, we would love everyone to be involved, so whether it be performing, helping or stewarding, we’d be delighted to hear from you.”
The organisers would like to thank this year’s supporters of the event, Cambridge BID and Pharminox Isolation Ltd, for their financial support, and Cambridge City Council for guidance in staging the festival.
The programme will be available online and details of how buskers/stewards/helpers can apply to take part will be released in due course. Information will be available on the Cambuskers website and Facebook page.