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Buskers hit the streets

This year’s Halifax International Busker Festival is going back to the future.

The 24th annual event will feature a stage at its originating venue on Spring Garden Road. The Victoria Park stage comes in addition to the usual Historic Properties, Maritime Museum, Sackville Landing and Summit Plaza stages. Folks looking for acts on either side of the ferry terminal will not find any — those stages have been eliminated.

Kim Hendrickson, president of ESP Production and producer of the festival, said after travelling to similar festivals around the globe, she can be sure ours is definitely the largest and oldest in Canada — perhaps even the world.

Hendrickson said ours has “the most acts, the most international scope … and (is) the longest-running festival” she has come across.

This year’s event will feature four local acts including fire eater and dancer Miss Molotov (a.k.a. Marissa Gough), and Jason Skinner, a street chalk artist. The Australian group FlameOz, last year’s winners of the 2009 Metro News People’s Choice Award, leads another strong contingent of international acts.

‘All-star’ 25th anniversary festival is in the works
Kim Hendrickson said organizers always try to pack each festival with as many new acts as possible.

But for next year’s 25th anniversary, Hendrickson said her team will be looking through the festival archives searching for past favourites and compiling an all-star lineup of sorts.

Stage hours

NOTE:?Today’s hours begin at 5 p.m.

• Historic Properties – 1 to 9 p.m.
• Maritime Museum – Noon to 10 p.m.
• Summit Plaza – 1 to 10 p.m.
• Sackville Landing – 3 to 10 p.m.
• Spring Garden Road, Victoria Park – Noon to 9 p.m.

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