What do watermelon-wielding jugglers, dancing poodles and human scarecrows have in common?
They’re all on the wish list of Buskers by the Creek organisers, who are on a mission to make the Currumbin Creek festival the weirdest and wackiest in its six-year history.
To be held from 18 – 20 October, the family-friendly event has earned a reputation as a world-leading busking festival, with more than 300 local, national and international acts including musicians, mime artists, acrobats and stunt performers set to descend on the Gold Coast.
However, with applications set to close on 31 July, Buskers by the Creek Founder and Director Cindy Jensen has put out a call for the “great unknowns” to join the fun.
“Nothing is too absurd or offbeat. I don’t care if you’re a human scarecrow, can juggle watermelons or are the proud owner of dancing poodles, we want to hear from you.”
Ms Jensen is also urging performers in two minds about applying to take the plunge.
“I know there are amazing people out there who are second-guessing themselves but they should seriously just do it,” she said.
“There are so many talented but humble performers hiding away from the world, thinking they don’t have what it takes to make the cut, but Buskers by the Creek is the perfect environment to get out of their comfort zone.”
With a 2019 theme of ‘Loveland’, Buskers by the Creek is expected to attract a crowd of more than 20,000 visitors as it “spreads the love” and celebrates the age of Aquarius.
Since its inception in 2014, the festival has grown to attract crowds of more than 20,000 people and received multiple honours, including being named a national finalist in the Best Event category at the 2018 Australian Event Awards.
This year’s event will also feature the return of the prestigious ‘Battle of the Buskers’, which sees top singer/songwriters go guitar to banjo to win a VIP performance package at the renowned Airlie
Beach Festival of Music, a paid gig at Surfers Paradise LIVE, a secured place in the Bluesfest Busking Competition, cash, a publicity package and more.
Buskers by the Creek is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, worth $800m to the state’s economy in 2019.
Busker applications are open until 31 July. Visit buskersbythecreek.com.au.