We’ll be examining the council’s decision to regulate street entertainers in more detail this week. But, ahead of that, there’s a mass communal busk to celebrate Liverpool’s thriving street culture, tomorrow (Monday 9 July) between 12 and 3 on Church Street.
The event will start outside Primark – come down, with your instrument of choice if you like, and join them in a communal, peaceful and joyful celebration.
Liverpool City Council, in case you didn’t know, is bringing in a restrictive new policy limiting street performance only to those who’ve signed up to an official vetting procedure. There are, as you’d imagine, arguments on both sides of the pan pipe fence.
And we’re fans of some street entertainers more than others. But we’re unequivocally against legislating away a man in white sheet, or a dancing teddy bear. As our city centres get ever more hermetically sealed, the random acts of street performers are, perhaps, our last stand against creeping clone-townism. But, oh, can you guess which side Cllr Munby falls.
According to Ged Gibbons, CEO of the Business Improvement District, the new measures will: ‘Greatly enhance Liverpool’s ability to attract the very best buskers and will add a new dimension to the visitors experience…Buskers themselves will benefit from a better regulated process…retailers and shoppers will be delighted the city has finally made this leap.”
If you want to show your support for Liverpool’s street culture, you can visit the Keep Streets Live campaign page here