More than 10,000 people cruised Currumbin Creek in October last year, enjoying the most incredible diversity of talent ever displayed here on the GC.
It was Buskers by the Creek’s first go at pulling together amateur GC talent and this year they’re promising to be bigger and bolder than before with a call for talent some six months out from the event.
Organiser Cindy Jensen said the support for the event’s first year was overwhelming.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t worry about being the only one standing at the main stage on kick-off,” she said. “Did I expect over 10,000 people in the first year? Definitely not!”
“I’ll never forget the time on Sunday afternoon when I turned around and saw nothing but a sea of smiles. The park was packed and I burst into tears….overwhelmed is an understatement!”
This year, the event will take place 17 and 18 October, again, along the banks of Currumbin Creek at Winders Park and Cindy says she has some new ideas for growing the event.
“The talent applying this year is phenomenal and dare I say the number of performers will far exceed the 142 we showcased in 2014,” she said. “I have a number of exciting new additions but want to keep the same element of surprise, so let’s just say Elvis’ steel body will be a spectacle! “
“There were also loads of requests to include more stalls this year, so we’re also on the hunt for creators to fill our new Buskers Bazaars.”
“We plan on bringing Gold Coast’s garage creatives to the great outdoors,” Cindy said.
There will also be an international menu with well-known local restaurants dishing up festival flair and Battle of the Buskers will return to Currumbin Creek Tavern.
Singer/songwriter Sarah Bird travelled from Sydney to be involved last year and took out one of the People’s Choice cash prizes. She says the event opens up many opportunities for performers.
“Last year’s festival was incredible. Many opportunities come from busking and I’m so excited to have landed a five week, all expenses paid residency on Hamilton Island as a result,” said Sarah.
I asked Organiser Cindy Jensen what the weirdest act was on the event lineup. You can imagine the incredible array of performances she was privy to, while sorting out who made the cut and who did not.
“Skateboarding mice are definitely not something you see every day,” Cindy said. “But there was this eccentric guitar wielding wanna-be busker who turned up unsigned begging for a spot.”
“We gave him the chance and he gave us his all, but it was his colourful character and out of tune tone that demanded everyone’s attention! Weird but wonderful,” Cindy said.
Cindy, right now, is seeking talent for her 2015 event and she says she’s hoping to deliver something bigger, bolder and even more mind-blowing than last year.
So if you can dance, sing, swallow swords, hula hoop, make a rabbit disappear or have an unusual act that will wow the crowds, it’s time to throw your hat in the ring.
Contact email@example.com to nominate or visit buskersbythecreek.com.au for more information.
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Buskers by the Creek hits Winders Park, Currumbin, 17 – 18 October, 2015