The official busking portal: discover buskers and their upcoming performances
With live music back on the agenda, street buskers are plugging back in and lining up performances all over the city and heartlands, ready to energise our urban spaces. If you remember chancing upon a busker that stopped you in your tracks, it’ll now be easier to find out more about them and where they’ll be performing next.
With the recent launch of the busking e-portal by the National Art Council (NAC), you’ll get to filter performances by location, date, and keywords – a handy feature if you’re trying to look for a specific busker or find a list of acts performing at a particular location. Whichever the case, the portal serves as a great way to discover and celebrate emerging local talent.
A quick guide
The landing page of the busking e-portal features an interactive map, the profiles of all registered buskers, and where you can catch them live. Here’s a step-by-step guide on navigating the portal.
1. Explore the locations from the drop-down menu and make your selection. Further narrow down the results by specifying a date range. There is a field that will filter performances based on your chosen keywords. You can fill this up or leave it blank.
2. Click the search button and the page will load the related performances, dates, and showtimes.
3. Select a busker of interest to learn more about them. Information on the type of busking act, upcoming performance details, and even their social media handles can be found on the busking profile page.
How the portal supports buskers
While the service assists the public in discovering buskers and their upcoming performances, it also helps buskers organise and plan their performances. Buskers can use the portal to book their preferred performance venues and time slots ahead of time.
The launch of the portal has also unlocked more locations for buskers. In the past, they were limited to busking at five designated locations of their choice. But now, buskers can perform at more than 70 locations across the island, increasing their opportunities to connect with the wider public.
Designated busking locations are spread across the island, including central spots like Clarke Quay Central, Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, Wisma Atria, and Liat Towers, public parks at East Coast, Woodlands Waterfront, West Coast, and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio, as well as heartland areas like Kampung Admiralty, Telok Blangah Rise, Fengshan Centre, and Ang Mo Kio Hub.
Whether you’re a member of the public eager to catch a live show or a busker who’s ready to get back on the streets, visit NAC’s new busking e-portal to get started. If you’ve never busked before and are curious about the process, the first step is to learn how to apply for a Busking Card (Letter of Endorsement).
Find everything you need to know about kicking off your busking journey here.
(Photos: National Arts Council)