Kamloops preparing for its first International Buskers Festival

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KAMLOOPS - After its cancellation in Victoria, the International Buskers Festival is back, and this time it'll be in Kamloops.

The four-day event will be held at Riverside Park this July, and Audrey Trim, tournament capital and community event coordinator with the City of Kamloops, says plans are for the festival to become an annual event. 

From July 26 to July 29, seven performers from around the world will take the main stage at Riverside Park, including performers from Europe and Australia, Trim says.

While the main performers are set in stone, Trim says the city is still accepting applications for local buskers to perform at "busk stops" downtown and around Riverside Park.

"It's a unique opportunity and I think it's an event that will really help to showcase Kamloops' arts and culture," Trim says.

She adds that the city could benefit from the revenue brought in from the festival, saying that when the festival was held in Victoria, many people travelled from out of town to attend. So far, Trim says, people as far as Edmonton have been asking when the festival would begin.

"We are hoping it'll be a tourism generator," Trim says.

For more information on the festival or to apply to be a performer, go here.


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