Narooma invites all buskers to register for the Narooma Busking Championships which is on Saturday 30 May.
“Online registration is now open and we encourage all buskers from across NSW, the ACT and north eastern Victoria to come to Narooma,” said Narooma Busking Coordinator Di Riley.
Narooma Rotary is hosting the event, part of the Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC).
“This is Narooma’s fourth Busking Championships,” Ms Riley said. “Our community has really embraced this event; the town buzzes from the Flat to the Plaza and music fills the air making it a really happy occasion.
“It also boosts local businesses because it brings people to Narooma from across south eastern NSW and the ACT at a traditionally quiet time of year, a boost that’s needed more than ever this year after the disruption caused by the recent fires.”
Ms Riley said last year’s Festival was a great success with 48 buskers from a wide geographical area.
“We’re hoping for even more this year to compete for what we anticipate will be about $10,000 in prize money from our wonderful sponsors,” she said.
Last year, ANBC instigator Alan Spencer of Cooma described the Narooma event as “first class, one of the best in Australia”.
“Each year it’s becoming more professional both in the way it’s run and in the standard of performers,” he said.
“A lot of these buskers even in high school are now getting gigs and that’s showing in their growing professionalism.”
The ANBC is now a national event with Narooma hosting one of the regional competitions. Winners from the regional events will be invited to compete in the National Grand Final in Cooma in November.
For more information, check out the website busking.naroomarotary.org.au orfacebook.com/Narooma Busking Championships.
Above: Local drumming group the Rhythm Hunters have proved great drawcards at the last two Narooma Busking Championships.