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.

Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. 

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.

This weekend in PEI  is full of family fun, highlighted some of the best street performers in the world. 

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.

Performers vary in their place of origin, as in their performances. They juggle, dance, sing, perform magic tricks, play instruments, and more.

As is the practice in busking, it’s up to you how much you pay. Buskers earn their living by “passing the hat”, so when you enjoy their performance let them know when the hat is passed.