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BuskinCity is an idea created in 2014 by Thorsten Andreassen, Festival Director of Stockholm Street Festival and Ulf Andersson- Festival Director of International Street Theatre Festival in Halmstad. Both of them have a long experience of street theatre and street performing in public spaces for over 30 years.

Ulf A. and Thorsten A. are Board members of Manegen - Federation for Circus, Variety and Street Performing in Sweden.

They are members of Circostrada - the most important European network for contemporary circus and street art. Likewise as FACE - Fresh Art Coalition Europe.

BuskinCity is a direct collaboration with municipalities and business associations in different cities around the world. This is a pilot project to be developed over three years.

We start small to make the concept of BuskinCity sustainable, with a goal to grow with a few countries and 5 - 10 cities per year after an initial evaluation period.

 

It´s very easy

  • Every city provides a space for street performing. It can be a square or shopping street in the city centre.
  • International street performers book themselves using a very easy booking calendar.
  • The goal is to bring culture into the public space!
  • It’s easy for the performing artists to book themselves and it’s very easy for the cities to welcome the street performers. An open space with 1 contact person in each city. That´s it!

 

Why?

The reason why is simple. The concept of BuskinCity creates jobs and income for a very special kind of artist -an artist who usually isn’t working the theatres but is nomadic and “untied” in character. It also creates culture in city centres without putting the burden of finance on the city (through citizens) or other actors. Buskin’ is one of the great ways to provide art and street life that is not motivated by commercial actors, but rather it’s the artists themselves who set the terms. Furthermore, it’s a borderless community of artists which means that one day you can have a Swedish small-town juggler, and the next you’ll have Italian pair-acrobats.

It’s a great complement to the city and as we’ve learnt in both Stockholm and Halmstad, the audience loves it. The craft and the artform (because it is both) is designed to appeal to the audience (it’s voluntary to pay, after all) and the artists have no obligations to funders or venues - meaning that they are very free when it comes expressing themselves.

Buskin’ as a phenomena is worth supporting and with the system we are co-developing with the municipalities, it will be easier and faster for public bodies to facilitate “free” art in the city centres. And easier for artists to be able to provide it.

News
  • we are happy to announce 2 new Special events in the calendar.
     

    1. Tallship Race in Halmstad taking place between 30th of June to 2nd of July 2017
    Click here to read more about the event.
    2. Stockholm Street Festival open up a special pitch for BuskinCity during the three day festival.
    Click here to read more about the event

    Read moreMay 19,2017
  • We are happy to announce 2 new Special Events in the calendar.
    These two events let you book your self on allocated pitches.

    1. Tallship Race in Halmstad taking place between 30th of June to 2nd of July 2017
    Click here to read more about the event

    2. Stockholm Street Festival open up a special pitch for BuskinCity during the three day festival.
    Click here to read more about the event

     

    Read moreMay 19,2017
  • Hi Guys!

    Kalmar has done an awsome job to create the best situations for street performing this coming summer.
    As voted as the SummerCity of the year 2015 and 2016, you can be sure there are alot of visitors in town while they having their different events.
    Check out Kalmar city profil page here on BuskinCity, to find out more about the pitches where and when. Click here >>>

    Read moreMay 04,2017
  • We are happy to announce that Halmstad City in Sweden is now open for bookings between 16th of June - 20th of Augusti 2017.
    There are 2 ordinary pitches for the full season.
    But please keep an eye open! There will be a special event for the Tall Ship Race. This is an event that attracts a lot of people to Halmstad City. More information to come. 

    Please remember to read the profile page for each city, and before you do any bookings check their own peak season chart.

    Cheers
    Team BuskinCity

    Read moreFeb 03,2017
  •  Hi Guys!

    Great news, just want you all to know we are right now in the process with an advance development on the new BuskinCity 2.0.
    We hope we´ll be able to launch the brand new site in first week of December 2016. We are going global.
    More about this soon :-)
    Read moreOct 27,2016
  • Remeber Borgholm has extended thier calender, as we mentioned in the mail you all recieved last week they open up extra for the  holiday weekend, 5th - 8th of May.
    Please see the bookable dates in thier calendar.
    Read moreMay 02,2016
  • Hi you all Street Performers!
    We want to let you all know there are some updates in Landskrona and Växjö!
    Please remeber you need to be loged in to see the new updates in the calendar
    Read moreApr 20,2016
  •  Hi Guys!
     
    You are now able to book your self in Landskrona, check thier dates in the calendar.
    They are going to open an extra pitch (Pitch 3) 5 & 6th of August were it´s a Gardening festival and a folkloreistic festival happening in the city.
    Pitch 3 TBA
    Read moreApr 07,2016
  • News for our Street Performers!

    Now you are able to book your self in Borgholm, Kalmar and Västervik.
    Please remember that you have to be logged in to see what dates are bookable.
    Most cities have 2-3 pitches to chose between. 
    In some dates you will only see Pitch 2 & Pitch 3 and not Pitch 1 or any other Ptich.
    This is due to other city events is booked on this Pitch, But you can book your self in the other Pitches as long as they are shown in the booking pop up menue.

    We will let you know when the other cities open up thier calendars asap.
     
    Team BuskinCity  
    Read moreApr 04,2016
  • Hi Everybody!
    We are so thrilled and excited! We are live as you can see.
    Allthough we still encounter a few bugs, there is one related to picture croping and compressed pictures.
    And there have had some issueses with the registration.
    The technicians are working really hard right now to fix these issueses.
    Note! remember that we can only allow a maximum size on 2MB for your uploaded pictures
    And please mail us on info@buskincity.com if you do have problems with the registration.

    Please follow us on twitter and Facebook.

    Cheers
    Team BuskinCity
     
    Read moreMar 21,2016
  • Right now we are preparing all the material, folders & rollup to promote BuskinCity at Subcase. And we are really excited to present the web site for the first time!

    Subcase is an annual Nordic showcase of Nordic contemporary circus showcase produced by Subtopia. International performing arts professionals gather at Subcase for a four day program of Nordic circus performances and presentations.

    Please read more about Subcase here: www.subcase.se
    Read moreMar 08,2016
  • We just got a call from Borgholm who said they want to step on board the BuskinCity project for 2016.
    It´s going to be a great summer city, due to it´s faboulus beaches and tourism. And dont forget the city has it´s 200 anniversary celebration this year.
    So we say congratualation to Brogholm.

    Read moreFeb 29,2016
  • Halmstad is used to street performance due to it´s tradition and by the International Street Theatre festivla since 20 years.
    Halmstad is to be the first city to sign up with BuskinCity. And we are thrilled. 8 cities now in Sweden.

    Read moreFeb 26,2016
  • We are now eventually in the staging mode with BuskinCity.com. Now we can see how the booking calender is going to look like.
    We are very excited to see the final result.
     

    Read moreNov 10,2015
Get in touch

Please contact us if you have general questions or maybe just interested about the concept of BuskinCity. Use the form below

Send an email to:info@buskincity.com