The PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival has confirmed buskers will be included in next year’s festival.
“We had a number of people talk to the organization and I reflected on it, and thought we had some empty asphalt,” said Robert Wyma, festival producer, adding despite lack of buskers, the festival has seen some of it’s largest street crowds ever.
“Putting music back in is going to add some atmosphere to certain areas of the street,” he said. “I think its win-win for both.”
However, David Schrader, a spray paint artist, said he was disappointed with the fest’s decision to the move buskers from in front of the Broadway Theatre.
“It was bad for me this year because we got pushed off the main strip,” said Schrader. “There’s a lot of organizational things they could do to make the buskers, the performers and the crafts people a lot happier and make everything a lot easier.”
Let there be buskers!
One individual having a coffee said he felt the performers were an important part of the fest.
“They need to allow that kind of thing,” said long time fringe fan, Ken Mcrorie. “If they want to display their local talent—let them.”
He continued, “Let the local talent come out … that’s what it’s about, it’s for everyone to have fun and the buskers make a little money—it’s good.”