Street performers juggle fun and laughs in Surfers Paradise

31 Mar


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By Emily Moodie, Bond University Journalism Student

Surfers Paradise transformed into a festivity of entertainment this Easter long weekend, bringing together professional and amateur buskers, acrobats, magicians, contortionists and daredevils all hoping to wow the crowds with their performances.

More than 300,000 people attended three performance venues in Surfers for the Australian Street Entertainment Championships.

Guitarist and first time street performer Brad Palmer said the festival kicked off with a great atmosphere and was delighted with the diversity.

“The atmosphere is fantastic and very festive, great for families here on holiday or for locals to enjoy,” he said.

“It’s great because I get to perform my original music without having to feel as though I have to please everyone because there’s an audience for all the different types of performances, and performers for all different types of audiences.”

Spectators at the free event were able to vote for their favourite amateur act, in competition for the People’s Choice Champion.

Elliena Escott, a 12-year-old regular Surfers busker, said her youth was no barrier to competition.

“I’m only 12 and up against older and more experienced buskers but I think I can hold my own, plus I love performing in public and seeing people enjoy my music,” she said.

German trick cyclist Ina – otherwise known as Bikerina – said that while it is a competition, the festival is more about connecting with the audience and developing friendships with the other performers.

“It’s just always nice to see other performers back again which you haven’t seen for a while,” she said.

Mum of two Joanne, who attended the Sunday performances, said the performances not only exceeded her expectations but kept her kids quiet.

“The performances were actually a lot better then I expected a street performance to be really, plus it got my kids to sit down and be quiet for once,” she said.

“The kids really enjoyed themselves especially when the magician, Nick Nickolas, came out and started doing tricks, they nearly lost it.”


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