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Buskers enjoy their first festival

Street performers were given their chance to shine during York’s first festival of busking.

The new Buskival festival took place during the jubilee weekend at the beginning of June and included top class performers from across the world as well as local busking talent.

Performances took place at 11 special busking pitches in the city centre during the weekend as well as in the main festival area outside the HomeSense store.

More than 50 performers took part in the event, including magicians, musicians, fire-eaters, puppeteers, dancers, face painters, balloonists and more.

Maps and performance timetables were handed out to ensure members of the public could catch the acts they most wanted to see throughout the festival.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Buskival is a great opportunity for people to be entertained by the best street artists in York. With a range of activities taking place as a part of the Buskival and jubilee celebrations, there was something for the whole family to enjoy.”

Visitors to the festival were also invited to vote for their favourite acts and given a chance to win one of a list of prizes.

Big acts brought in to join the local buskers included Mr Spin, an award-winning juggler who appears at festivals around the world; Ernest Magnifico, a daredevil from Australia with a Big Great Stunt Show; and Felicity Footloose, a world-travelled acrobat who hangs upside down by her toes and juggles knives.


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