The Salt Lake City Arts Council is proud to present SLC Busker Fest – a festival to celebrate the living tradition of busking and to bring street theater to Downtown.
On August 24th from 3 – 10 pm, Regent Street and Block 70 in Downtown will be transformed into SLC’s first Busker Festival. Appropriate for all ages, Busker Fest will thrill audiences with musicians, dancers, hula-hoopers, jugglers, and comedy. This event is free and open to the public.
“Buskers contribute to the character and texture of a vibrant city, engaging people in a delightful manner. Salt Lake City’s Busker Fest brings local and regional acts to Regent St and Block 70 for one night only. Harkening back to the city’s rich Vaudeville roots, the festival will showcase local talent and encourage performers and the public to embrace street performers throughout the city,” said Kim Angeli, Event Director.
SLC Busker Fest is putting out an immediate call for artists to participate in the August 24th event. Groups and individuals are invited to perform during the festival. There are spaces for several types of acts, including:
Circle Acts – 30 minute shows
Street Acts – 1 hour performance slots
Curated Workshops – to engage the public and teach busking skills like juggling, magic, hooping
Busker Fest will be programmed in a Vaudeville theme, so please let us know if you have material or costumery supporting that effort. All acts will be considered, so do not let theme limit your willingness to apply. Performers will be paid and will be able to accept donations.
Artists and performers must apply in advance to participate. Application form can be found here.
What is a busker? A busker is a person who entertains in a public place for donations. Busking is a time-honored tradition that adds to the vibrancy and culture of cities around the world – including here in Salt Lake City.
About Salt Lake City Arts Council: The mission of the Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists, arts organizations, and arts activities in order to further the development of the arts community and to benefit the public by expanding awareness, access, and participation..