How can we support buskers & activity to the city while balancing the needs of residents and traders?

by None, over 4 years ago
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  • the reading room almost 9 years ago
    Identify entertainers' zones (buskers' etc) that are clearly marked out or signposted - and have lots of them
  • AMK almost 9 years ago
    The entertainers zones (and many of them) are a good idea, but for it to work it needs to be done in consultation with the street performers & festivals etc already using these spaces, so that the right kinds of places are zoned.
  • factor almost 9 years ago
    Buskers are great for the city. They do not usually go in areas that do not already have a lot of people around and the residents should be aware of loud noises and crowds when they purchased their property.I think it should come down to the council looking at any complaints on a case by case basis.Im sure the council already has strict rules with buskers permits that take residents into consideration
  • shopper almost 9 years ago
    I think buskers really add to the vibrancy of the City. Im sure that none of them are out there to deliberaretly disturb residents and traders. Perhaps the ACC need to better educate buskers about appropriate noise levels, and maybe the suggestion of having busking zones is a good solution.
  • beamer85 over 8 years ago
    GET RID OF THE PREACHERS. They are keeping people away from the areas they are intimidating people in. This is not a good look for tourists or potential residents that we can't control our premier shopping destination.
  • Andy Salvanos over 8 years ago
    I am a full-time musician, and performing in Rundle Mall accounts for a large part of my income, directly and indirectly (through bookings for corporate gigs, weddings and festivals). Most urban councils (and many smaller ones) in Australia recognise that busking is a valid means for people to make a living and contributes to the cultural life of a city. The interaction between buskers, traders and visitors to Adelaide is generally very positive. I would like to see an affordable, annual busking license made available to professional performers who hold an ABN , and an optional permit for selling original CDs, DVDs or artist merchandise. The revamped permit system in Melbourne appears to be a good model. As I play original music, I rely heavily on CD sales, and would like to see the permits amended to allow performers to openly sell our own copyrighted material. The issues of "zones" and volume levels are mainly relevant to "peak" times; in December and during the Fringe. As street performers have largely lost the central performance area in Gawler Place to "special events" and the Fringe caravan, space is at a premium during these times. I think we need a more controlled environment during the Fringe, as the council more or less relinquishes control of the mall for a month. In recent years, Fringe busking in Rundle Mall has been dominated by visiting musicians with very loud amplification, often to the detriment of less noisy acts. It's also important that circle acts are given ample space to perform, as they are integral to the spirit of the event.
  • Andy Salvanos over 8 years ago
    In view of today's article in the City Messenger; I believe that a blanket ban on amplification in Rundle Mall (for the purpose of stopping street preachers) would have an extremely detrimental effect on the quality of busking in this city. We'll have fewer local and international acts spending time here, and more guys strumming acoustic guitars really hard to be heard, not to mention yelling at the top of their lungs. It has been tried and failed in other cities around the world.
  • Adelaide Piano Busker over 8 years ago
    I work as a full time musician, including busking around the city. I think Adelaide has some pretty good entertaining talent happening around the streets in the buskers. I don't like the idea of 'Busking Strips' as different types of instruments suit different types of situations and times. Strips would be detrimental to the quality of the musicianship that some buskers portray. Most buskers are very aware of residents and shops and are happy to move on if they are annoying anyone... which can also be detrimental to their own business (busking). There is a classical violinist who frequents the footpaths of Rundle St, and he enhances the atmostphere of the place, and if confined to a 'strip' would not be nearly as effective in providing entertainment to the patrons in this area. I think Melbourne has a good setup for busking, in a couple of ways. One is that they provide a map where a busker can not go (instead of where they can go). Currently the Adelaide City Council had a similar system in their (no longer) bylaw that stated where buskers could not go (eg. Topham Mall, or outside the railway station). Secondly, Melbourne City Council portrays a willingness to embrace their buskers, a feeling not felt by many of Adelaide's buskers towards the Adelaide City Council. It is felt that buskers are 'unwanted and need to keep to Rundle Mall'. Melbourne tends to have a positive attitude towards their buskers yet still has a detailed policy that guides the whole operation of buskers. Thirdly, Melbourne allows buskers to sell their own cds, something that is a bit of 'grey' area here in Adelaide. I think it would be good for the ACC to work out a new bylaw and policy concerning buskers, in dialogue with buskers and traders and residents. That way a good working relationship can be established between all parties, and problem areas can be worked out between all involved.
  • Adelaide Piano Busker over 8 years ago
    A year long busking permit would also be useful...which can always be cancelled if necessary.