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 â€˜busking hot spotâ€™ 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 3â€“4 November.
â€œThe annual championship not only brings tourism dollars to the town of Cooma, it brings music to our streets,â€ Mr Bramble said.
â€œWeâ€™re proud to be part of the Cooma community and weâ€™re looking forward to showcasing to guests the prisonâ€™s historic gatehouse and the neighbouring Corrective Services museum, which is a terrific place to visit.â€
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.
â€œUsing a correctional centre â€“ and the museum â€“ as a backdrop for busking will be a first for Cooma and possibly for Australia,â€ Mr Spencer said.
â€œBuskers 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.
â€œThere will be a huge variety of performances, with genres such as country, blues, rock, pop, jazz, folk, Indigenous, multicultural and classical music on display.
â€œThere 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.â€
Australian National Busking Championships
Various locations in Cooma, NSW
3-4 November 2018
Cooma Correctional Centre: 1 Vagg Street, Cooma
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