Performers from around the world will mesmerize pedestrians and visitors to Halifax for the next ten days as the International Busker Festival takes over the downtown core.
The festival in Halifax is celebrating its 24th year, and organizer Kim Hendrickson has been involved for 22 of those.
She says even after more than two decades, it remains a mainstay of the city’s summer entertainment – and a prime tourist attraction.
“There’s a massive amount of people flocking to Halifax for the festival, you can’t get a hotel room right now,” she said. “From where I sit, it looks pretty important.”
Hendrickson says changes this year include performances on Spring Garden Road, with a stage at the corner of South Park and Spring Garden.
She says of the 39 acts – which include acrobats, comedians, fire eaters and magicians – there are four from Halifax this year.
“Four terrific local acts are going to be here,” she said. “Face painters, Miss Molotov she’s now a very experienced fire artist, and a dance troupe and music.”
The event kicks off with a “shotgun” start to open all five stages at five Thursday evening.
For a complete list of performers and a schedule, visit the Buskers Festival website.