The Halifax International Busker Festival will soon return to Nova Scotia, bringing hundreds of musicians, comedians, acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, dancers, magicians, and other street performers to the city’s historic waterfront.
Beginning July 31, the six-day festival features top performers from around the world performing across five stages from noon until 10 p.m. each night. The free event is for all ages and is held as part of the 118th Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day celebrations. Don’t miss these performance highlights:
Victor Rubilar performs a combination of soccer tricks and acrobatics, with plenty of humour mixed in. Rubilar’s act won the event’s People’s Choice Award in 2012 and even impressed soccer star Pele enough to say, “He’s really good!”
Fire Weaver Sophie lights up the stage with one of the most ubiquitous forms of street art, but in an original and extraordinarily stunning style. Viewers will be dazzled as Sophie spins flaming hoops and chains around her body.
The Latchikos play “Gyp-Hop” music—Gaelic gypsy hip-hop—a unique style that the band is credited with creating. The band’s music blends traditional Gaelic melodies and beats with spoken word, incredible energy, fantastic violin playing, and other diverse musical styles for a sound that is as unusual as it is enjoyable.
Five stages spread across the waterfront will rotate through performers hourly. As in the past few years, stages will be located at The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Summit Plaza Wharf, North Boardwalk, and Sackville Landing. For the first time there will also be a stage at The Piazza at Bishop’s Landing. Each busker will perform multiple times in a day on the same stage, allowing visitors to catch all the acts they want to see without worrying about what they are missing elsewhere.
True to the spirit of busking, the festival is entirely free of charge, but viewers are encouraged to throw tips in the buskers’ hats if they enjoy a show. The Halifax International Busker Festival runs from July 31 to August 5.