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