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This summer London is set to host the first ever International Busking Day on Saturday 23 July, joining forces with more than fifty locations across the UK and major world cities including New York, Sydney, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Paris and Toronto, for the most ambitious celebrations of busking and street performance ever staged.

International Busking Day builds on the success of last year’s National Busking Day, involving 22 cities across the UK. Cities will host music, circus, arts, magic, street dance, physical theatre, street art and other entertainment in public spaces ranging from city squares to the underground and railway stations and shopping malls to parks.  

The festivities kick off London’s two day Busk in London Festival, which is returning with world class physical theatre, magic and illusion, street dance and music on 23 and 24 July on Trafalgar Square. This year, for the first time, it will include performance masterclasses and 'Give it a Go' sessions as part of the brand new Busk in London Academy in partnership with Morley College London.

While Trafalgar Square plays host to world class street performers for the Busk in London Festival there is the opportunity to find inspiration through an exclusive tour of performances paintings in the National Gallery’s collection.  Festival goers will join a National Gallery expert for an hour long tour running on 23 and 24 July followed by an opportunity to create their own art works in Trafalgar Square on the Festival’s visual arts pitch where all materials are provided. 

The Gibson Guitar VIP tour bus will be in residence on Trafalgar Square all weekend inviting performers and public guests to climb aboard for selfies.

More details can be found at www.buskinlondon.com.

 


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