City centre shows a return to spiritual home for buskers

THE Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival will return to its birthplace, the Coffs Harbour city centre, next month, after two years trialling other venues.

After three decades, the annual event that brings fun and laughter to the streets of this fair city will be back to where it all started.

FUN IN THE CITY: Buskers Festival organiser John Logan announces the return of the event to the city centre with Rod McKelvey and Kim Towner of the CBD Masterplan committee yesterday.
FUN IN THE CITY: Buskers Festival organiser John Logan announces the return of the event to the city centre with Rod McKelvey and Kim Towner of the CBD Masterplan committee yesterday. Trevor Veale

Festival organiser John Logan yesterday announced the agreement with the CBD Masterplan Committee's Rod McKelvey and Kim Towner as preparations continue for next month's event.

The festival will see a whole day of performance, featuring a big line-up of Australian and international street performers, musicians and comedians, in city square on Wednesday, September 23, between 10am and 3pm.

Last year the buskers were not seen in the city centre and, in fact, went to Brelsford Park for four days.

"Many in the city centre were disappointed as this, they believe, was the birthplace of the buskers going back to the late 1980s, when the Coffs City Rotary Club in fact ran the event," John said.

"The event will kick off with everyone's favourite still life character, The Gargoyle, who will do his first show at 10am.

"This will be his first street show in the festival.

"Action will then continue until 3pm with a variety of acts."

A second city centre show will be featured on the Thursday night, with a spectacular fire show planned.

Rod McKelvey said the CBD Masterplan Committee was delighted to welcome back the buskers.

"Two great shows will have the city centre abuzz again with world-class performances for the whole family to enjoy," Rod said.

Kim Towner said the Buskers Festival proved a drawcard event for city centre businesses.

"It's great - love having them back. Every city centre needs good-quality entertainment and activation," Kim said.



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