A round of applause

…and cheers for the amazing performers at the International Buskers Festival held in Victoria, BC.

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Soon after we sat down, the Aerial Angels (from the U.S.) began to warm up for their performance.

The Angels twirled high above the hard pavement of Government Street. No safety net here.

The Angels twirled high above the hard pavement of Government Street. No safety net here.

Victoria draws (lots and lots) of tourists, and the city seeks to keep everyone happily entertained. So, no surprise, the weeklong festival is a hit with tourists and locals along the waterfront and downtown. Performances are free – though many in the crowd came forward with a donation at the end of each performance.

One of The English Gents raised himself into a handstand position; then slowly dropped to this position, followed by a split – all the time supported by holding his partner’s feet.

One of The English Gents raised himself into a handstand position; then slowly dropped to this position, followed by a split – all the time supported by holding his partner’s feet.

How many thought it was possible to do a handstand on someone’s head? When the smaller English Gent sipped some water before this move, the larger Gent (considerd the weight of the water and) asked his partner if he couldn’t have waited 5 minutes until after the move?

How many thought it was possible to do a handstand on someone’s head? When the smaller English Gent sipped some water before this move, the larger Gent (considerd the weight of the water and) asked his partner if he couldn’t have waited 5 minutes until after the move?

On Sunday afternoon we joined our friends, Ira and Becca, to kick off the buskers week, and then our daily strolls near the harbor allowed us to drop in for more as the week went on.

The performers all shared plenty of talent and lots of humor. Audience members were pulled in to “help out” which delighted the crowds.

Charlie (left) and Mat Velvet (right), who live in Canada, performed with their two talented daughters.

Charlie (left) and Mat Velvet (right), who live in Canada, performed with their two talented daughters.

We held our breath with the spinning wheel so close to the edge of the harbor.

We held our breath with the spinning wheel so close to the edge of the harbor.

We hate to end on a sad note but the last event we went to was a true challenge for Basketball Jones of New Zealand.

The area where his stage was supposed to be had become a parking lot with 6 cars solidly blocking the performance area.

The area where his stage was supposed to be had become a parking lot with 6 cars solidly blocking the performance area.

What’s a busker to do? The show must go on! Basketball Jones stepped up and squeezed between the cars with his 5 balls and started balancing and juggling, delighting his audience. His unicycle lay on the ground, unused.

The crowd applauded and cheered for Basketball Jones, as they had for all the performers, and gathered at the end to say “thanks” and put a bill or some coins in the hat. Let’s hope that, at his next performance, he has the “stage” all to himself, his basketballs, and his unicycle.

 

July 2015

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2 Responses to A round of applause

  1. Cliff Mail says:

    The kiwi would have been able to improvise, it is drummed into us from birth. Looks like a lot of fun.

  2. icelandpenny says:

    What a great busker festival! I keep meaning to visit the annual Buskerfest here, and your amazing photoraphy tells me I really must do it. (My photos won’t rival yours, but I’ll have a good time anyway.) So much is available to us now, for free, don’t you find?

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