People do it in the street. People do it alone. People do it together.
Some use one instrument. Some use many. Some even combine all of their instruments into one mega instrument.
Performers go by many names. Street performer. Troubadour. Minstrel. Traveling musician. Busker.
Musique dans la rue Saint Jean, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage (translation: Music on St. Jean street, Paris Touquet beach) pic.twitter.com/cC2dIg0YDg
— Justine. (@JustinexDenis) July 5, 2013
Busking is something that has gained popularity recently, but that doesn’t mean it’s something new. Street performance has been around for a long, long time (I’m talking back to ancient Rome old). However, street performance did not gain the name busking until 1857.
Paris, France, a city known for its music, is one of the best places in the world to busk (it ranks number 4 in the world according to this list).
And if you’ve got some kind of talent and want to busk in Paris there many helpful websites out there.
This is an 8-step guide to help you get started. This blog gives helpful tips such as places to do try your hand at busking, such as the metro–but warns not during rush hours. It also gives motivation to just go out and try your hand at busking.
If you’re interested in becoming a busker but not quite ready to get started, or you’re like me and do not have the talent to busk, there are resources for you too.
Check out this blog which uses a narrative to discuss busking. It is written in a way to help aspiring buskers pick the venue that is right for their performance. As someone who has never (and probably will never) busk, it was an interesting read because I was able to experience what it is like to be a busker, without having to actually perform.
Musicians in the Latin Quarter of Paris.
If you are interested in experiencing street performances, but do not have the ability to visit cities where they perform, there are now alternative ways to see buskers from around the world due to technology.
World Street Music is a site I particularly enjoyed using to discover buskers and watch performances. As the name suggests it has a variety of performances from around the world! You can search by country, type of instrument, or anything related to street performances.
Today busking is not just on the street. Technology has made it an art form that can be enjoyed anywhere.
Look for my next blog post where I’ll focus on the busking band Les Trois Coups.