Australian National Busking Championships™ Returns to Stanthorpe in 2019
Saturday 23 March
Download Entry Form – All Welcome: Busking Stanthorpe Entry Form 2019 (1)
Stanthorpe will again be hosting a regional competition for the Australian National Busking Championships™ in 2019. This event will be Stanthorpe’s fourth annual event and it will be all happening on Saturday 23rd March.
This ANBC Stanthorpe Busking Festival has proven to be a winner for Stanthorpe, bringing musicians and street entertainers from all over Australia. It’s always a fun-filled family day with a huge variety of free entertainment on display. Local businesses and supporters generously provide prize money for the buskers and the local economy is enhanced by an increase in visitor numbers.
In 2018, the Stanthorpe winners Haystack Mountain Hermits (open category) and Felicity Kircher (secondary age category) went on to take out the top awards at the ANBC National Grand Finals in Cooma NSW. ANBC Director Allan Spencer said “these Stanthorpe champions went up against the very best performers from six other ANBC regional finals from all around Australia. It was a credit to these wonderful musicians and a proud honour for Stanthorpe, because it was the Stanthorpe competition that gave them their chance at the nationals”.
The regional busking festivals are designed to not only celebrate and reward the best performers but also to encourage everyone, young and old. The Australian National Busking Championships™ is now in its eighth year and has provided a great stepping stone for performers wanting to get into the entertainment industry. The Stanthorpe committee for 2019 is excited about continuing as hosts and is providing friendly encouragement to people of all ages and abilities to have a go and share their music or street performances with others.
Buskers interested in participating in the 2019 South East Queensland Busking Championships in Stanthorpe can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0400 750 351.
The Winners are:
The Australian National Busking Championships are in their seventh year, and it is going to be bigger than ever.
With the addition of the second day, the town of Cooma will be able to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere this event creates for even longer.
The variety of acts the buskers offer is extraordinary. Musicians of all different styles come from across the country to compete. Music genres such as, Country, Blues, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Alternative and Classical music, are all on display. Non-musical acts such as jugglers, dancers and magicians have also featured in previous years. Who knows what amazing talent will come out of the woodwork next.
Not to mention the local talent, which is always surprising to witness.
Spectators are able to wander the streets, listening to this variety of buskers performing in 30 different locations. They can stop and sit outside a café with a delicious coffee and snack while the competitors entertain them.
It’s like attending a unique music festival, and it’s all for free.
There will be over $16,000 up for grabs in prizes for the buskers, thanks to the support of local businesses.
The People’s Choice is a very special award that is decided by the spectators.
By purchasing a Busker Vote for $1 from the Cooma Rotary Club Stall or roaming sellers, you vote for your favourite busker by placing your vote in their collection container, whether it be a hat or a guitar case. You can also throw real money into the collection containers if you would like to show further appreciation for your favourite busker.
The votes will be collected and counted by event officials throughout the day and the top three buskers will be presented with the award at the Finals Concert.
Since beginning seven years ago, the Australian National Busking Championships have had several towns come on board for the Regional Championships, including Stanthorpe and Noosa in Queensland, Ballarat in Victoria, and Narooma, Peak Hill and Gundagai in NSW. There has also been interest from other towns, with organizers hoping it will grow to become a real national event.
These Regional Championships take place throughout the year with the winning buskers coming to Cooma for the National Grand Final on Sunday, November 4, our second day of a massive weekend of busking fun.
Entering the competition is $20 for individuals, $40 for duos and $50 for groups. Entry is free for the national finalists. With most buskers not having a great deal of money, this is a small cost for the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in prize money.
The Australian National Busking Championships provides an opportunity for these performers to display their talents to a wider audience. It has led to further opportunities for many of the previous winners such as The String Family, Haystack Mountain Hermits, Oscar Litchfield, Vendulka (who went on to compete in the X Factor) and Lucy Sugerman (who went all the way through to the Grand Final of The Voice), and many others. Who knows what talent will be discovered this year.
Mark the dates in your calendar and plan a trip to Cooma for the Australian National Busking Championships – it is not to be missed.
Proudly Supported by Cooma Rotary Club, Cooma Local Business Community, &
Here are the Prizes on offer at the Australian National Busking Championships – Cooma 2018
Saturday 3 November: ANBC Cooma Regional Busking Championships
Open Age Category:
- First $1000 Sponsored by Cooma Hotel
- Second $500 Sponsored by Alpine Hotel
- Third $300 Sponsored by Lions Club of Cooma
Secondary Age Category:
- First $500 Sponsored by Snowy Monaro Regional Council
- Second $200 Sponsored by The Monaro Post
- Third $100 Sponsored by Hip Pocket Cooma
Primary Age Category:
- First $300 Sponsored by Fisk & Nagle Real Estate
- Second $200 Sponsored by Cooma Monaro Legal Services
- Third $100 Sponsored by Mark Kenmir & Co
Peoples Choice: Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cooma
- First $1000
- Second $600
- Thirid $400
- Best Band $1000 Sponsored by Rhythm Sports
- Classical Guitar Award $500 Sponsored by Guitars Online & Cooma School of Music
- ANBC Banjo Champion Award – A Handmade Ross Martin Banjo valued at $2000
- Blues Music Award $200 Sponsored by the Canberra Blues Society
- Ability in Music Award $200 Sponsored by Cooma Challenge Ltd
- Classical Music Youth Award – $100 Sponsored by Snowy Monaro Arts Council
- Encouragement Award – $100 Gift Card Donated by Woolworths Cooma
- 14 Special Judges Awards – These prizes of $200 each will be awarded by the judges for numerous categories such as: Indigenous Music, School Music Group, Community Music, Multicultural Music, Non-Music Street Performance (such as Dance, Poetry, Juggling, Circus Skills, Magic, Comedy) This awards may also need to be used in part for runner-up prizes. These Special Judges Awards were donated by these wonderful sponsors: Eucumbene Trout Farm, One Agency, Bush Basics, Grouse House, Cooma Family Dental, Snowy Mountains Magazine, MainStreet, Rawsome Earth Café, The Courtyard Coffee Shop, 123 Coffee House, Cooma Café Turkish, Australian Hotel, Service One, Roses Restaurant.
Sunday 4 November: ANBC National Grand Final
Open Age Category:
- First $2000 Sponsored by Cooma Hotel
- Second $1000 Sponsored by Alpine Hotel
- Third $500 Sponsored by Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Secondary Age Category:
- First $1000 Sponsored by Snowy Monaro Regional Council
- Second $400 Sponsored by The Monaro Post
- Third $300 Sponsored by Hip Pocket Cooma
Primary Age Category:
- First $500 Sponsored by Fisk & Nagle Real Estate
- Second $300 Sponsored by Cooma Monaro Legal Services
- Third $200 Sponsored by Mark Kenmir & Co
All performers that don’t win a place in the National Grand Finals will be awarded Runner-Up prizes.
The Total Prize Pool for ANBC Cooma 2018 is $16,400
Buskers at Cooma set to rock the Jailhouse for annual festival
The historic Cooma Correctional Centre and prison museum will for the first time become a ‘busking hot spot’ next month when the seventh annual Australian National Busking Championships are held in the Snowy Mountains town.
Hundreds of buskers from across Australia will perform outside the still-operating prison and other busking hot spots throughout Cooma for the two-day festival on 3–4 November.
“The annual championship not only brings tourism dollars to the town of Cooma, it brings music to our streets,” Mr Bramble said.
“We’re proud to be part of the Cooma community and we’re looking forward to showcasing to guests the prison’s historic gatehouse and the neighbouring Corrective Services museum, which is a terrific place to visit.”
The museum showcases the history of Corrective Services NSW, with a range of displays and artefacts from convict days to the present. Minimum-security inmates are the tour guides.
Australian National Busking Championships President Allan Spencer said they were excited about using the 19th century prison as a busking location for the first time.
“Using a correctional centre – and the museum – as a backdrop for busking will be a first for Cooma and possibly for Australia,” Mr Spencer said.
“Buskers will be coming to compete from all around the country for a share of over $16,000 in cash prizes, as well as the glory of being crowned Busking Champion.
“There will be a huge variety of performances, with genres such as country, blues, rock, pop, jazz, folk, Indigenous, multicultural and classical music on display.
“There will also be other forms of street performance such as dance, juggling, magic, poetry, and even belly dancers, and a 20-piece bagpipe and drum band.”
Australian National Busking Championships
Various locations in Cooma, NSW
3-4 November 2018
Cooma Correctional Centre: 1 Vagg Street, Cooma
ANBC media inquiries 02 6452 6067
CSNSW media inquiries 0419 258 290
$500 Classical Guitar Award
Guitars Online & Cooma School of Music had joined forces to offer a brand new prize as part of the Australian National Busking Championships™ – Cooma 2018.
This year’s Classical Guitar Award will be open to all “nylon string” guitar players of all ages, soloists, duos & groups. It will include all instrumentalists in genres which feature nylon string guitars including classical, flamenco, latin, jazz, fusion, folk. popular (to name a few).
This award is in addition to over $12,000 in cash prizes on offer. Award winners may also win more than one prize.
- When: Saturday 3 November
- Where: Cooma NSW
- Entry Form: ENTRY FORM_2018 Cooma ANBC Regional Championships Saturday 3 Nov 2018
We have just been advised that the Australian National Busking Championships Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from BOCO ROCK WIND FARM!
We’re over the moon and so grateful to get this much-needed support.
Gundagai NSW will be hosting a Regional Final of Australian National Busking Championships™ on Saturday 27 October 2018.
The Australian National Busking Championships™ is an Australia-wide network of busking festivals. The ANBC celebrates the rich diversity of Australian music and street performance culture. Throughout the year, Regional Finals are held in towns all over Australia culminating in the ANBC National Grand Final which is held in Cooma NSW on the first weekend of November each year.
Download the Gundagai Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM 2018 Australian National Busking Championships Gundagai PL5
Thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be up for grabs at the ANBC Gundagai Regional Finals. Gundagai is one of the regional towns that have joined the ever-growing network of ANBC busking competitions around Australia.
Dates for 2018 so far are:
- Stanthorpe Qld – 24 February
- Ballarat Vic – 24 March
- Narooma NSW – 26 May
- Noosa Qld – 9 – 10 June
- Peak Hill NSW – 15 September
- Gundagai NSW – 27 October
- Cooma NSW – 3 November (Cooma Regional Competition & National Grand Finals)
Links to all these Regional Busking Competitions may be found at: https://www.buskingcooma.com/
There are generous prizes for 3 age categories, Open (Adult), Secondary (High School Age) and Primary (Primary School Age). Plus lots of other awards such as Peoples Choice Award, Best Band, Country Music, Blues Music, Jazz Music, Classical Music, Folk, Indigenous, Community Based Music, Youth Encouragement, Most Innovative, and Ability Award (for buskers with a disability). Solos, Duos, Groups, Ensembles, Choirs are all welcome. There has even been a prize for non-musical Street Performance such as jugglers, magicians, and dancers.
The winners of each of the 3 age categories will qualify for the ANBC National Grand Final in Cooma.
Here are some great accommodation deals for Cooma Big Weekend of Busking, 3 -4 November 2018.
Camping at the Cooma Showground
Cooma Showground will be available for camping for the Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd& Sunday 4th November 2018.
- $26.50 per night for a powered site
- $15.50 per night for an unpowered site.
All bookings for this are to be made directly with Donna Smith at email@example.com
The Swiss Motel is offering budget accommodation
Contact them directly:
- Address: 34 Massie Street, Cooma NSW 2630
- Phone: (02) 6452 1950
The Sovereign Inn also has a Special Busking Deal
Contact them directly:
- Address: 35 Sharp Street, Cooma NSW 2630
- Phone: (02) 6452 13
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A celebration of Spanish repertoire for the guitar and piano, from classical masterpieces to flamenco styles of Paco De Lucia and Paco Pena and modern jazz.
In a world first collaboration, Internationally acclaimed, award winning concert pianist and ‘Young Steinway Artist’ Nicholas Young and renowned 10 String Spanish Classical Guitarist Matthew Fagan aka Lord of the Strings! infuse the exhilarating traditional flamenco elements of Spanish Guitar into virtuosic classical piano masterpieces to form stunning new arrangements, celebrating the launch of Fagan’s newest vinyl album “El Vito”.
From the famous folk-inspired ballet music of Manuel De Falla’s “The Three Cornered Hat” to the Spanish dances evoked in Isaac Albeniz’s “Sevilla”, “Asturias” and “Tango”. Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous “Concierto de Aranjuez” is explored through its origins in “Tarantos” and “Rodena”, combined with stunning orchestral realisation by piano, and Egberto Gismonti’s “Frevo Rasgado”, first brought to fame by guitarists Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin, will be transformed for concert piano and 10-string guitar, pairing rhythmic drive with colourful sonority.
Cooma Concert is presented by the Snowy Monaro Arts Council
SUN 14 Oct: St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall (Cooma, N.S.W), 2.00pm (Doors 1.30pm)
Watch snippets from the show here: