Beyond Busking Auditions

Event Date:

15 June 2022

Event Time:

11:00 am

Event Location:

The Castle Of Good Hope

Cape Town Festival, in partnership with the Castle of Good Hope and supported by the Ariva Arts Foundation The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), and Rootspring NPC, will be hosting the Beyond Busking Project Auditions on the 15th of June 2022 at the Castle of Good Hope, Secunda Hall from 11 am to 3 pm.
Cape Town Festival introduced the Beyond Busking Project to alleviate the stigma around busking and to create a world where buskers are celebrated and respected for what they do. We would like to live in a world where buskers are safe and not harassed for making sustainable income for themselves.
Public art, street art, and street performance or busking are welcomed and encouraged by the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Branch. Art creates more attractive public spaces that help uplift communities and drive social change. Busking offers unique entertainment with a local flavour that generates income, showcasing the wealth of creative talent in the city to the public and visitors. While this is all true, busking is not sustainable for our local artists in comparison to international trends.
Successful performers who busk in Europe and the US can sustain themselves through their art, and they are not looked down upon for taking their performance to the streets. There is a dire need to uplift the image and perceptions of buskers in South Africa and create greater platforms beyond the streets of Cape Town.
“With the impact of Covid and our heavily burdened economy, the Beyond Busking Project provides economic relief and inspiration to our local busking artists. The Castle will assist our local artists with a training and mentorship venue and an annual venue space for the Cape Town Busking Festival in November 2022,” says Calvyn Gilfellan, CEO of the Castle of Good Hope.
“The rapidly changing world of Art requires imagination and enthusiasm to overcome our challenges. The Beyond Busking Project will ultimately twin with International Busking Festivals, taking the best of our own musicians and funding them to perform in other parts of the world such as the International Busking Day in London which the Mayor of London supports.”, says Yusuf Ganief, Executive Director of Cape Town Festival.
Ganief continues, “The structure of the Cape Town Festival has changed dramatically, with ongoing projects and training programs all year round rather than a two-week festival. Having a partner like the Castle of Good Hope with a shared vision of showcasing our culture and history through the arts, shows how South Africans can innovate. We are one of the most creative countries and Cape Town is one of the most creative cities in the world because of our diversity and often limited resources.”
Both Yusuf Ganief and Calvin Gilfellan see the value of supporting and nurturing street artists in a sustainable way.
Selected participants will be taken through the Beyond Busking skills development programme where we would:
1. Assess each busker and create a support programme according to their needs.
2. Identify those buskers who will benefit from equipment upgrades and put them through training and masterclasses.
4. Put qualifying buskers through an accredited songwriting course to encourage original work.
5. Provide master classes on stage presence and vocal training.
6. Provide free studio time to compose, arrange and produce music.
All artists and buskers must prepare a 15 – 20 mins performance for their audition.
Interested artists and buskers must contact Thabo at or (084) 894 6890 for the application form.
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Event Location:

  • The Castle Of Good Hope
  • Corner of Darling Street & Buitenkant Street
  • Cape Town
  • Western Cape
  • 8001
  • South Africa

Event Schedule Details

  • 15 June 2022 11:00 am   -   3:00 pm
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