In some places unlicensed entertainers are not welcomed on the streets. They are deemed disruptive and threatening to calm order.
Charlottetown, PEI is not such a place.
Taking place in the Birth Place of Confederation is the PEI Busker Festival.
To those unfamiliar, a busker is one who engages in the act of performing in public places for gratuities In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given.
Busking is common among some Romani people, who are called “gypsies”, a description that is no longer socially acceptable in some societies. Romantic mention of Romani music, dancers and fortune tellers are found in all forms of song poetry, prose and lore. The Roma brought the word busking to England by way of their travels along the Mediterranean coast to Spain and the Atlantic ocean and then up north to England and the rest of Europe.
Starting the Friday of Labor Day Weekend 2013 at noon, shows will take place every hour on the hour at 2 pitches (stages) around the Peake’s Wharf area. The festival runs straight through until Sunday at 7:00PM, with a performance featuring all of the festival’s highlighted performers commencing at 6:00pm.