Our Mission & How We Started
BuskinCity was created in 2014 by two men with over 30 years of street performance and theatres. Thorsten Andreassen, Festival Director of Stockholm Street Festival. Thorsten is a member of Circostrada, the most important European network for contemporary circus and street art.
BuskinCity is a collaboration of multiple municipalities and business associations in cities around the world. The project still has room for development as we have started small to make a sustainable concept. The goal of BuskinCity is to grow with a few countries and up to 10 cities per year after some key evaluation periods.
How BuskinCity Works
Create Your Own Tour in Different Cities
BuskinCity helps Event Organizers set up exciting tours in multiple cities for our talented street performers to offer their biggest shows.
Collect donations through a QR Code
Experience an easier and practical way to collect donations simply by scanning through a QR code!
Create a Bigger Audience of Followers
Get out of the streets and into BuskinCity. Let a bigger audience discover you and your superstar talent.
Discounts on Hotels, Restaurants, and Travel
Get prices off exclusive accommodations around Europe as a street performer of our community.
Why Should You Join BuskinCity?
The reason why is simple. The concept of BuskinCity creates jobs and income for a very special kind of performer - a performer who usually isn't working the theatres but is nomadic and "untied" in character. It also creates culture in city centers 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 the performers themselves who set the terms. Furthermore, it's a borderless community of performers 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 learned in Stockholm and Halmstad, the audience loves it. The craft and the artform (because it is both) are designed to appeal to the audience (it's voluntary to pay). The performers have no obligations to funders or venues, meaning they are very free to express themselves.
Buskin' as a phenomenon is worth supporting. 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 centers. And easier for artists to be able to provide it.
What Street Performers Say About BuskinCity
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Are You a Performer? Let’s Create Your Own Tour and Race a Bigger Audience
BuskinCity provides a full-service booking platform for getting leads and collecting payments via QR Codes. Sign Up and promote your art now!
City or Organizer? We Find the Best Talented Street Performers for Your City
BuskinCity helps Cities and Event Organizers set up locations (also known as Pitches) to welcome professional street performers to their cities or events. Sign up and let street performers mesmerize your audiences today!