Wroclaw’s annual street performance festival returns to the city today and will run here until tomorrow evening.
An international festival of street art, BuskerBus takes place every year in summer in Wrocław and a few other Polish cities.
In their own words, the Buskerbus is “a festival where the interaction between the artist and the audience is a key element.”
Each year a few dozen buskers take part, including musicians, clowns, jugglers, fire eaters, magicians, stilt walkers, circus artists, musicians and dancers. The line up includes Polish artists as well as those from abroad, all of whom can travel on the festival’s colourful ‘Buskerbus’.
All performances are free at Buskerbus – though tips are presumably most welcome!
BuskerBus is a celebration of the new circus and street theatre. The festival entertains, triggers emotions, opens the audience up to new experiences, reduces the distance between the audience and the actors, introduces culture to the urban space. BuskerBus proves that theatre can be easily available, and that any place can become a stage. The audience becomes a part of the action, and every gate, monument or bench transforms into a part of the set design. For all the invited artists, street art is both a passion and work, and the street is no less important a stage than the one in traditional theatres.
BuskerBus is a hat-based festival. Entrance is free, but we encourage you to award artists with tips, applause or at least a smile. The more energy you give them, the more they will give back to you.
There are no barriers at the festival. Artists set their own stages (for security reasons, especially during circus show – please follow their recommendations). We suggest you bring a blanket in order to be able to watch the shows comfortably.
The founder of the festival was Romuald Popłonyk, a man who has traveled half of the world as a one-man band and performed at numerous music festivals. Sadly he passed away in January 2016.
The first Buskerbus Festival in 1997 was Poland’s first ever street entertainer’s festival. Needless to say it has been a success. Since its inception, Buskerbus has also spread out to many other towns and cities in Poland.