I never knew there was an official word to describe entertaining people on the street (usually for donations), but “busking” is the verb to describe said action. Paris is full of busking (I’m not sure if “buskers” exist), and it provides my favorite soundtrack to life here. Last Friday upon celebrating the completion of my thesis, some friends and I took to the steps of Sacre Coeur with several bottles of champagne and 400g of chouquette. There was a lot of “No Woman No Cry” busking (did I use that right?) happening nearby, but then we saw a crowd of people forming around these guys. It turned into an impromptu, festive jam session and dance party by all!
So when my friend Bonnie sent over this link to The Busking Project which her sister, Belle, is taking part in, I loved being transported back to Friday night. The Busking Project seeks to interview, photograph, film and discover the life and motivations of the street artists. As part of the project they’re also looking for leads on street performers, film makers, and people who are willing to share their couches. You can find out more here and how to get involved here.