Narooma Rotary is delighted to again be hosting a Regional Busking Festival on Saturday 25 May, part of the Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC).
“Partnering with the shire-wide River of Art Festival is an added bonus that really highlights the vitality of the arts scene in our area,” said Narooma Busking Festival co-ordinator John Rungen.
“This will be Narooma’s third Busking Festival; the community has really embraced this festival and the town buzzes from the Flat to the Plaza and music fills the air.
“Narooma’s business owners are excited because the Festival brings people to Narooma at a traditionally quiet time of year; everyone in the community is excited because it is such a happy occasion.”
River of Art Co-Chair Robin Scott-Charlton said their committee is thrilled to again be partnering with the Narooma Busking championship.
“It’s one of the major events on the last weekend of the River of Art,” she said.
“It’s a tremendously exciting day that brings in a lot of people from all over southern NSW, the ACT and even some from Victoria.”
Narooma business owners sponsor Busking Hot Spots in front of their businesses along Narooma’s main street, at the Plaza, at Quarterdeck and the Inlet, and on NATA Oval where their businesses are outside of Narooma’s CBD.
Busking committee member Lynda Ord said each busker will play between 9am and 3pm at several different Busking Hot Spots around town.
“This is a free event for the community where they can hear a range of talented performers across all genres, many from outside this area,” she said.
The ANBC has grown over the last eight years from being held exclusively in Cooma to being a national event with regional competitions in Stanthorpe, Noosa, Peak Hill, Gundagai and Kilmore, as well as Narooma.
Winners from regional events will be invited to compete in the National Grand Final in Cooma in November.
Above: River of Art Festival Co-Chair Robin Scott-Charlton with Narooma Rotary Busking committee members Sandra Doyle, John Rungen and Lynda Ord.