Tanya Whitehead with performer Dado during a Buskerburgoo street theatre show at the top of Trafalgar St on Saturday. Insert: Beni Rae, 8, after being pulled out from the audience during the show. Photos: Sinead Ogilvie.

Buskers a hit on the street


Thousands of spectators were treated to some unruly entertainment on Saturday as performers from around the world took to the streets during the Buskerburgoo Nelson Busker and Street Theatre series.

Festival director Sophie Kelly says the event was a huge success with enthusiastic crowds at all of the performances throughout the festival including a sellout performance at the Boathouse, an audience  into the thousands at Fairfield House and crowds of people enjoying the street shows.

She says organisers were extremely pleased with the positive feedback they had received from both spectators and the buskers themselves.

A performance by Canadian busker Dado left Nelson woman Tanya Whitehead blushing after he tried to steal a kiss from her on Saturday at the top of Trafalgar St, but despite being  being singled out in the crowd she says she thoroughly enjoyed the show. “It is really funny, the whole thing is brilliant for both adults and kids.”

Beni Rose, 8, of Stoke says he thought it was “so funny” and “awesome” going head-to-head with Dado after he too was pulled out of the audience.

Sophie says the success of the event was down to the audience. “People really enjoy the opportunity to have a laugh, that’s a big part of it.”

Anne-Marie Friis says she and her children love the festival and attend it annually. “Every year we come and do the buskers, they are very good and the weather is great. We never get a bad day.”