The first ever International Busking Day takes place on Saturday 23 July, with each city hosting music, circus, magic, street dance, physical theatre, street art and other entertainment in various public spaces.

Buskers face obstacles thanks to confusing rules, red tape and the threat of arrest, despite many being a real hit with the public.

International Busking Day hopes to raise the profile of street performance on an international level and highlight its significance in the life of cities. Try and imagine Convent Garden without street performers, it would be a very different place.

Trafalgar Square will once again be at the heart of the action following the success of last year’s National Busking Day.

The Busk in London Festival will return with street performance over nine days from 23-31 July, with the square hosting performers from around the world.

Also new for 2016, a circuit of Busk in London street performance pitches is opening at eight Network Rail stations across London, including King’s Cross and Waterloo. Top quality acts, including magic, music, living statues and more, will delight and entertain rail passengers, adding to the destination experience already offered by these stations.