|What is a Busker?
[ 2006-02-27 08:00 ]
|A Busker is a street perfomer.
They owe their origins to the jesters and traveling
minstrels who entertained Egyptian Pharohs, and Middle Age
Lords in years gone by.
To define what a Busker actually does, or is, takes some
Literally defined as a person who entertains in public places for
money, a Busker has no set skills they must have. They can juggle,
eat fire, play music, or ride a unicycle; among many other things. As
appreciation for a Busker's performance, spectators are supposed to
put coins in the performer- provided hat.
You can find Buskers performing around the world in places like
England; Canada; Italy; Denver, Colorado; and New Zealand, but not
all areas welcome these street performers. Laws tend to lump Buskers
together as either panhandlers or venders. Panhandlers cannot be taxed, and are
illegal, so Buskers face prosecution if caught. Vendors sell goods,
which is what a Busker's performance is termed, and need a permit
for tax purposes. This method has its drawbacks as Buskers seldom
make large profits in the first place. Often times they must be
invited to perform at a location to aviod legal hassles.
Whether making balloon art or using slapstick comedy to draw a
crowd, the Busker is a unique performer that has been part of human
culture for centuries.
traveling minstrel: 旅行歌手