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Performers call for buskers to have more rights

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A campaign for the right of street performers to work more freely across the UK is to be launched.

Members passed a motion at the conference which called on the union to “campaign for the rights of street performers to work in more public spaces throughout the UK”.

It follows Camden Council’s decision to require buskers to pay for a licence to perform in Camden from March this year, and a campaign launched by the Mayor of London called Back Busking. This aims to raise awareness of the importance of busking in London and its value to communities.

Christie Clifford, from the union’s variety branch in Humberside, said Equity should be campaigning across the UK.

“Street performance adds vibrancy to cities and a living for entertainers. It also provides a stage where young entertainers can hone their skills. Edith Piaf is a famous example,” she said.

She added: “It’s important for the whole profession that it’s kept open and free. The campaigning power of entertainment unions can make a real difference.”


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