Streetfest Busking Competition Unveiled

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Lower Tullow Street will come alive with music, magic, and mesmerising performances as Carlow County Council proudly presents Streetfest Busking Competition taking place on select dates throughout April, May and June 2024. This thrilling competition invites local talent to showcase their skills and entertain audiences from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day.

Buskers of all kinds – musicians, dancers, magicians, and more – are encouraged to participate. To enter, performers must register with a member of the Carlow County Council Team prior to their performance and provide their location for the creation of a video for judging. The Carlow County Council – Streetfest Busking Competition runs on the following dates, 11.30am-4.30pm on each day. : 

Friday 12th April 2024
Saturday 13th April 2024
Friday 3rd May 2024
Saturday 4th May 2024
Friday 10th May 2024
Saturday 11th May 2024
Friday 31st May 2024
Saturday 1st June 2024
Friday 7th June 2024 
Saturday 8th June 2024 

Each day, performers will compete for the chance to win a €100 voucher prize from any retailer in Lower Tullow Street. Additionally, an overall winner will be selected from the participants of all competition days and awarded a grand prize of €300, while a public vote prize of €200 will also be awarded.

Cllr. Andrea Dalton, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, said “I’m really looking forward to this element of the Streetfest Programme.  For me, Busking embodies the essence of community, where artistry meets the public, enriching our streets with culture and creativity. It's a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of expression, reminding us that talent knows no boundaries”. 

Speaking about the competition, Linda Culleton, Economic Development Officer said, “As we launch this busking competition, we're not just celebrating local talent; we're embracing the heartbeat of our streets”. Linda continued to say “Join us in embracing the vibrant spirit of busking! Whether you're a seasoned performer or just starting out, let Lower Tullow Street become your stage. Share your passion, connect with your community, and let your talent shine bright for all to see”.  

Welcoming the competition, Mayor of Carlow Municipal District, Cllr. Tom O’Neill said “As Mayor of Carlow, I am thrilled to welcome the upcoming busking competition to our vibrant town. This event not only showcases the immense talent within our local community but also fosters a sense of unity and celebration among residents and visitors alike. I encourage all aspiring musicians and performers to take part”.

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