BUSK OUT – Busking in the North Burnett initiative

Oct 23, 2018 | Front Page Feature, News

Are you an experienced or budding entertainer looking for somewhere to perform?  North Burnett Regional Council’s new RADF project ‘Busk Out’ may be just the initiative you are looking for!

With an aim to bringing more arts into our local communities, Council has waived the busking licence fee usually required to perform on the street.  Buskers are now able to simply complete a busking licence form and footpath obstruction form available at their local Customer Service Centre, choosing dates, times and locations they would like to perform…  Once approved they are able to busk in approved areas in each town on the dates chosen.  Buskers are welcome to book a series of dates at the start or can fill in new forms for future dates as they decide.

Council encourages buskers to register anytime from now until mid 2019.  This initiative is open to locals, itinerants and even visiting artists who may be coming to the area.  Buskers can include singers, musicians, bands, circus performers, novelty acts, performance poets, dancers, cultural performers, school groups, local productions, and even live cartoonists/sketchers.

As another element of this project, In Library Artist Demonstrations have begun throughout the region with a watercolour session at Mundubbera with Sue Lederhose, a pastel and pottery demo by Susie Capewell and Joy Spry, Gayndah, silver jewellery making by Lorraine Lindenmayer at Eidsvold and watercolour card making by Rae Watson at Mt Perry.   Still to come is a visionary art demonstration with John Simpson in Biggenden library and a yet to be advised session in Monto.  We thank all of these artists for giving up their time for free.

To further spread the arts in our region through this incentive, and to answer a call from the public, six (6) sessions of outdoor art have commenced, with residents over 40 welcome to attend, one workshop per town.  These classes, run by local artists, are and have been free to attend.  Bookings via local libraries.   So far Mt Perry, Gayndah and Mundubbera have had workshops with one to come this Friday in Monto with Allan Honor (acrylic painting), another on 18 October in Biggenden with John Simpson (charcoal, pastel or acrylic) and coming soon in Eidsvold a folk art painting session with Marie Makings (date to be advised).

Council hasn’t forgotten the kids, with the towns of Biggenden, Mundubbera and Gayndah holding an art session in their main street for young people.

Please keep an eye on Council’s Facebook page or website ‘Events Calendar’, or even your local town Facebook page for updates to all of the above as events are added.  For artist involvement in any of the sessions please contact Council’s Community Development team on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC, email Council or contact the project co-ordinator Rachel Koster 0427 551 973.

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