2011 Buskers expand to Argyle Street



(Halifax, NS) –  Celebrating its 25th year, the 2011 Halifax International Busker Festival have expanded to Argyle Street for both weekends of the festival.  Buskers will perform August 5 & 6 and August 12 & 13 from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. each evening.

"We were looking for a way to celebrate and do something new by going back to the way things were done in the beginning,” said Kim Hendrickson, who has been working with the newly formed Argyle Entertainment District, an association of Argyle Street businesses, to go back to the roots and origin of the festival when the buskers performed in the streets 25 years ago.  "Once the action is over on the waterfront at 9 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday night, it will begin on Argyle Street.  Sound systems and fire shows will ensure that this street will rock with buskers.”
"We are thrilled to partner with the Halifax International Busker Festival to bring buskers back to Argyle St., where it all started,” said Joe McGuiness, Durty Nellys.  “It's a great beginning for our association.”
The Halifax International Busker Festival, the oldest and largest of its kind in Canada, will take place on Halifax’s Waterfront, August 4-14 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.  Over 30 Canadian and International entertainers will perform a wide-variety of family-friendly street theatre, including acrobatics, music, visual arts, comedy, fire shows, on five different stages along the waterfront.  Stage locations include, Historic Properties, Queen's Wharf, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Summit Plaza and Sackville Landing.  
Other artists performing include: FlameOz, fire acrobats (Australia); Galumpha, acrobats (United States); Victor Rubilar, football juggler (Sweden); Fraser Hooper, mime/comedian (United Kingdom); Duke Dreamer, eccentric comedy (United Kingdom); Aidan Orange, contortionist/yo-yo master (Canada); Silly People, variety performers/comedy (Canada); Alakazam, contortionist (United Kingdom); Team 2X, martial arts, gymnastics and dance (Canada); Lords of Strut, acrobatic duo (Ireland); Pyromancer, fire performer (Netherlands); Throw2Catch, acrobats (Canada); llmask/Illmatic, dance troop (Canada); Peter Rabbit, bucket drummer (US); Gazzo, magic (United Kingdom), Ol’ Savannah, Old Time Mountain Music (Canada); and Las Chaskis, Traditional Kichwa Music (South America).
For more information the Halifax International Busker Festival, visit: http://www.buskers.ca/ 

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