Call for entrants to Buskers Festival

The Cape Town Buskers Festival will be returning to the V&A Waterfront from Thursday October 5 until Sunday October 8 and the call has gone out for street performing talents to audition to be on the bill.

Forming part of the annual Cape Town Fringe Festival, the Buskers Festival will bring international and local performers, singers, dancers, clowns, mimes, illusionists and more into the V&A Waterfront across four stages and over 80 performances.

The Buskers Festival is calling for freelance performers who have an act of approximately 45 minutes that can be performed at least twice a day, to apply.

In keeping with busking traditions worldwide, the act should be self-contained with quick set up and strike times.

The Buskers Festival will provide marketing and promotion for the event as well as all staging and logistical elements, providing a nominal stipend and permit to perform at the V&A Waterfront.

The festival is a “hatting” event, meaning that buskers will encourage their audience to give them tips – all of which they keep.

Performers can attend one of the audition days at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre today, Thursday August 17, or Saturday August 19, between noon and 4pm, where they will perform in front of a panel.

Buskers who can’t make those auditions can film a short video of their performance on their phones and send it in.

All entrants need to complete the application form at before 5pm on Monday August 21.

Now in its fourth year, the Cape Town Fringe Festival will take place across the city from Thursday September 21 to Sunday October 8.

A live multi-arts festival and an annual celebration of local and international creativity, the festival encourages experimentation, collaboration and innovation. For more visit