Sur­round your­self with buskers

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VIS­I­TORS to the V&A Wa­ter­front are al­ready fa­mil­iar with the buskers who en­ter­tain them with lively mu­sic and live per­for­mances in the am­phithe­atre. This week­end it will crank up sev­eral notches with the first Buskers Fes­ti­val, which is part of the Cape Town Fringe Fes­ti­val.

It be­gan on Thurs­day and con­tin­ues all week­end with 22 in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal buskers play­ing through­out the day at four venues – the am­phithe­atre, the Pier­head, No­bel Square and the Wa­ter­shed. It’s free to watch and en­joy, but the tra­di­tion of “hat­ting” – plac­ing money in their hats to show your ap­pre­ci­a­tion – is en­cour­aged.

“In many re­spects busk­ing is the orig­i­nal crowd-fund­ing,” said Cape Town Buskers’ Fes­ti­val CEO Tony Lankester. “It’s also one of the old­est forms of theatre but in South Africa it’s not al­ways ac­corded the same re­spect as other per­for­mance arts. We have brought out some in­ter­na­tional acts to add va­ri­ety to the pro­gramme but our lo­cal street per­form­ers cer­tainly dom- inate and will hold their own with the crowds.”

From over­seas comes Canada’s Dy­namike, de­scribed as a love­able chap who can jug­gle chain­saws and chil­dren – although not at the same time. Diego, a Char­lie Chap- lin im­per­son­ator, is from Ar­gentina, while the infectious sounds of Dr Buck­et­man (Spain) will have au­di­ences re­think­ing their Tup­per­ware col­lec­tion as he plays on paint buck­ets, fry­ing pans, Tup­per­ware and rub­bish bins.

Fly­ing the flag for South Africa are Bravo, who blends com­edy, jug­gling and ac­ro­bat­ics; Anec­dote, a five-part a capella group; hip hop dance group The Shifterz; and V&A Wa­ter­front reg­u­lar Ikamva Marimba. Au­di­ences will be baf­fled by the tal­ents of Lev­i­tat­ing Man and the Soc­cer Freestylers will be show­ing off their ball skills.

Di­rect from the Cape Town Fringe comes ris­ing star Nom­basa and the full-on sounds of the No­madic Or­ches­tra.

Ny­lon will per­form their show Public Dis­plays of Af­fec­tion, which ex­plores our ges­tures and body lan­guage in public spa­ces.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 0860 002004, go to www.ct­buskers­fes­ti­ or fol­low @ct­buskers­fest on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram and on www.face­­buskers­fest.

Dr Buck­et­man (Spain) will have au­di­ences re­think­ing their Tup­per­ware col­lec­tion.

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