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UK cities tune up for National Busking Day

The first National Busking Day will take place on July 18. Photo: Julia ST/Shutterstock The first National Busking Day will take place on July 18. Photo: Julia ST/Shutterstock
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Street performers around the UK will come together on July 18 for the first ever National Busking Day.

The event will see towns and cities including London, Liverpool, Exeter and Cardiff taking part, with performers using spaces including railway stations, shopping centres and parks.

Trafalgar Square in London will be the centre of the day’s activities, with a line-up of singers, dancers and physical theatre performers.

London mayor Boris Johnson, who is driving the initiative, said he hoped the day would “encourage all cities around the UK to value our fantastic street performers even more”.

National Busking Day is being backed by Ticketmaster. The ticketing platform’s managing director, Andrew Parsons, said he looked forward to “unearthing and celebrating all the amazing talent out there”.

National Busking Day also sees the launch of the Busk in London festival, which runs over three consecutive weekends in July and August.


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