Musical Busking Workshop - 2019 Cowra Christmas Street Festival Show

Friday 06 December 2019

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Workshop description

  • Venue: Cowra Christmas Street Festival, Kendal St, Cowra NSW 2794.
  • Date and Times: Friday: 6 December 2019, 6pm-9pm
  • Busking Location: In front of Target, Corner of Target and Squire Park
This musical busking workshop at the Cowra Christmas Street Festival provides an opportunity for young people (under 18yo) to practice playing their music to a wider audience in a festival environment.

Purpose: Aim at busking on your own beyond the workshop: develop confidence to play your music in public, learn your responsibilities as a busker, learn what to pack, learn what is important to you, and how to manage your area, and the audience... whilst enjoying your music.

Your responsibility as a player:
  • Bring your musical instrument and music, appropriate clothing, water and food, and a will to learn and share
  • Give yourself enough time to setup and start on time for your chosen timeslot
  • Use the supplied equipment respectfully eg microphone, amplifier, music stand, keyboard
  • Respect the other workshop participants
  • Provide a gold coin to the organiser to support the busking workshops if and only if it was gained whilst busking at the workshop. No earning, no support fee.
Our responsibility:
  • Organise the legal use of the public space
  • Provide the resources to support the player such as microphone, amplifier, music stand, keyboard
  • Refund the reservation fee in the player donation box at start of play.
    Note that the reservation fee will not be refunded if the player does not come to play at the confirmed timeslot.
  • Ensure the player whilst playing is safe
  • Facilitate the learning of each player seeking feedback
NOT our responsibility:
  • the well-being of players registered for the workshop but awaiting playing is not our responsibility.
    It is expected that the well-being of players awaiting playing falls under the responsibility of their parent or accompanying adult.


The event is closed.

Twelve young performers registered aged 5yo to 14yo. Most enjoyed the event.

Some could not play due to the very close proximity of a very noisy (zumba) performance. Feedback was provided to the organisers with a hope for future improvement and consideration and due respect given to all performers.

Some realised that busking is a different kind of performing which also takes practice. To these performers, don't give up. Grab every suitable opportunity to perform in public and you'll feel more at ease.

All young players are welcome to participate to the regular Friday workshops. read more...

  • Each participant must:
    • choose a 15 minutes timeslot from the list of available timeslots below.
    • email the chosen timeslot, name of the young person, instrument, and contact phone number.
    • await email confirmation including bank details to pay a $5 reservation fee which will be reimbursed on the day.
      If you do not receive confirmation within 3 days, check your spam email folder where emails are sometimes redirected to, else call 0458 698 460.

  • 15mns Timeslots currently available are highlighted and green. Those pending confirmation are marked Res(erved). Completed registrations show the initials of the player, and instrument (a: alto saxophone. clarinet: c. f: flute. k: keyboard. t:trumpet. v: vocals. vi:violin)
    g: indicates the player is part of a group of young players.

    18:00: JR(vi) 18:15: JR(v) 18:30: EF(f) 18:45: CF(k)
    18:50: KB(c)
    19:00: AH(vi) 19:15: LR(k) 19:30: TR(k) 19:45: HR(k)
    20:00: SM(k) 20:15: T(g:a) 20:30: AW(g:a) 20:45: KW(g:t)

  • Notes:
    • the reservation fee is to ensure a timeslot is available to as many participants as possible.
    • there may be a possibility of more play time on the day if timeslots are available.
    • if the young person would rather play for less than 15mns, the organiser will ensure continuity of play.

ABN: 49 961 107 252 Enjoy your music!