Busker Festival “one of the best we’ve had in a long time”

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Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - The acrobats, musicians and suspiciously life-like statues that adorned the Halifax boardwalk in early August have packed it in for another year.

The performers wrapped up their six-day spectacle along the waterfront on Monday, concluding the 27th annual Busker Festival.

Kim Hendrickson, president of Premier Entertainment Group, says this year’s performance was “one of the best we’ve had in a long time.”

“The crowds were just phenomenal,” she said Tuesday. “We had the weather, we had our best roster ever, and during that week we were listed on the National Geographic Top 10 Things To Do in August worldwide.”

Around 30 performers representing 17 acts from around the world – from Melbourne to New York – participated in this year’s festival.

Hendrickson estimates as many as 300,000 people made it down to catch the crowd-pleasing buskers in action.

She said dropping the festival from 11 days to six was a challenge, but the Buskerfest team didn’t skip a beat.

“When we had 11 days it gave us the opportunity to tweak things over the first two or three days and then run smoothly,” she said. “We had to be running smoothly in the first hour, and we were.”


Organizations: Premier Entertainment Group, National Geographic

Geographic location: Melbourne, New York

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