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Photo Opp: Buskival’s back!

Following the success of York’s first festival to celebrate street performance last year, a bigger, better Buskival event is launched today by City of York Council. Brands-for-less homeware retailer HomeSense, located on Foss Islands Road, is again sponsoring the free event, which will take place on Saturday 25 May from 11am to 7pm and Sunday 26 May from 12noon to 5pm in the city centre.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “Over 50 different street performers will be taking part and will include a wide range of local, national and international buskers. They will be performing at more than 12 different busking pitches around the city centre to amaze residents and visitors alike. It’s a great performance opportunity and a way of celebrating the skills and talents of the street performers who help enliven our vibrant city centre, and it’s terrific entertainment to draw even more people into town.”

This year the event has been extended into the evening on Saturday so that people can enjoy the festival for longer, as well as allowing more buskers to take part in the event. There will also be a networking opportunity for the buskers themselves, so that they can share their thoughts and experiences with other entertainers. New for 2013 will be a number of free skills workshops, such as juggling sessions, which will be available for children and families to enjoy.

As part of the two-day festival there will be a competition for members of the public to choose their favourite busker. The winning artist each day will win £150 and other prizes (which could include a recording session) will be confirmed nearer the time.

“We are very excited to be part of Buskival again this year to celebrate the unique, diverse and thoroughly entertaining musical talent in our local community,” said HomeSense store manager Richard Andrews.

Neill Ryan, a winning busker from last year’s festival said: “During Buskival the atmosphere in York is amazing. The streets come alive with a rich variety of acts – it’s a great thing to be a part of.”

To enter the competition buskers must have a current and valid busking badge for York.

For more information about Buskival visit or follow @York_Festivals on twitter

For more information on busking in York contact Debbie Bell, City of York Council, or call 01904 552270.


Photo opportunity:

Andrew Sumpton, a fire breather who took part in last year’s festival and who will be involved again this year, will be helping to light a barbecue for Cllr Sonja Crisp in a HomeSense garden setting outside York Minster’s South Door at 12.30pm on Friday 26 April.

About HomeSense:

HomeSense launched in the UK in April 2008 and has 24 stores in the UK. HomeSense operates a unique “off-price” concept which offers quality and branded homeware for less than the recommended retail price. These savings are passed on to customers through a combination of opportunistic buying, established relationships with manufacturers and simple, no-frills operation HomeSense is part of TJX Europe, a subsidiary of TJX Companies, Inc. Find your nearest store and loads more information at

The council’s five key priorities for 2011-2015 are:

• Create jobs and grow the economy
• Get York moving
• Build strong communities
• Protect vulnerable people
• Protect the environment

The council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism is Councillor Sonja Crisp on 07876 176931

For further information please contact:
Ann Bewley
Communications & Media
City of York Council
Tel: 01904 553383
Fax: 01904 551064
Mob/out of hours: 07767318082

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