Each year we attempt to beat the world record for biggest co-ordinated busk. We set this ourselves in 2009, when we were joined by 483 buskers in 105 acts in 44 pitches in 30 towns or cities in 17 countries on seven continents (and one sea, courtesy of an aircraft carrier).
In spite of the magnificent efforts of a lot of people, we haven’t quite been able to match that since. But 2012 is the year we change all that. World Busk 2012 dates are 9 - 17 June, with your help, we can beat our record!
World Busk 2011
It began in the icy wastes of Antarctica, and ended a week later in New Zealand. Over the course of the week beginning 12 June, 59 separate busks involving almost 500 participants took place in 16 countries. Lots of money was raised for projects supported by Musequality as well as for numerous local initiatives.
Highlights included the Rothera Winter Crew’s attempt to entertain a handful of uninterested penguins in Antarctica. The performers at Bedford Park Festival Speed Busk in Chiswick, London, braved the rain to perform possibly the first ever mutual live busk, in which they and the Elgon Youth Brass Band in Uganda played to each other via a telephone link. A group of Palestinian refugee children in Beirut found their voice, performing songs and classical music pieces on the violin and traditional Middle Eastern instruments.
Find out more about the 2011 busk’s greatest hits on our World Busk website at www.worldbusk.org
Buskers 2009-2010 First row: Craig Ogden. Royal College of Music Junior string quartet. Sam Meredith and Nick Booth. Jocie Juritz awaits speed busk. Rob Juritz. Wind Chamber Orchestra, St Pancras International
Second row: Mark Fennell, Isle of Wight. Royal College of Music Junior wind quartet. Kensington Symphony Orchestra beside the Thames. Goan picnickers join the busk, Middlesex
Third row: Barbershop Chorus Light Relief, New Zealand. Falkland Islands’ police chief witnesses Vocalise with Shirley Adams-Leach MBE. Angela Amato’s Sirenide for Musequality, Italy