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What do the buskers say? Pluses …

“The greatest reward has been compliments from people who are strangers to me.” “The best audience I ever had was in the Tsim Sha Tsui station subway near the Cultural Centre.” “My parents are very supportive.” “The whole experience is more immediate if you play on the street.”

Minuses …

“There is too much competition for the best pitches. We need more approved places. “I was once laughed at right in my face.” “Some other buskers are really not very good.”

Try out some new places in Hong Kong, such as Cheung Chau, Stanley or Lamma.

If you have an unusual instrument, like a zheng or a didgeridoo, you’ll stand out more.

Up-beat, happy pop songs, is what people want most of the time.

Having a wall behind you amplifies your sound and improves acoustics.

Give your contact details to your audience.

Don’t be disheartened if no one is listening. Just keep on playing. Practice makes perfect.

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Tips for buskers

pp Zheng ( 箏 ) or guzheng, also known as the Chinese zither

Permission to play Busking is legal in Hong Kong but there is no licensing system for street performers and no official data about their numbers. About 300 buskers are thought to be performing in areas such as Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Causeway Bay and the Central piers. The Open Stage Scheme and West Kowloon Street Performance Scheme are the closest the city has to official venues. Applicants have to audition for Open Stage but of the original three government building piazza venues only the Sha Tin one remains and it has few passers-by. The West Kowloon Street Performance Scheme, launched in 2015, allows those who pass auditions to play, but in an area that is only busy now and then. Read more • lcsd.gov.hk/en/stth/programmes/openstage.html varsity.com. cuhk.edu.hk/index.php/2017/05/buskers-licensed-regulated/ • nac.gov.sg/dam/jcr:3aed2e47-f31c-480b-ae99-7adf2f2773c2 • international.thenewslens.com/article/70810 31

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