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Big Weekend of Busking ANBC Cooma 2018 – 2nd to 3rd November

Map ANBC Cooma 2018


The Winners are:

Winners & Prizes ANBC Cooma Regional Finals 2018 Sat 3 November

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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.

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ANBC Busking 2018 Timetable – Saturday 3 November 2018_04

ANBC Busking 2018 Timetable – Sunday 4 November 2018

The Prizes – Over $16,000

Where to stay – Accommodation


New Classical Guitar Award

ENTRY FORM_2018 Cooma ANBC Regional Championships Saturday 3 Nov 2018

ENTRY FORM_2018 Cooma ANBC National Grand Final Sunday 4 Nov 2018

Proudly Supported by Cooma Rotary Club, Cooma Local Business Community, &

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The Prizes – ANBC Cooma

Here are the Prizes on offer at the Australian National Busking Championships –  Cooma 2018

Saturday 3 November: ANBC Cooma Regional Busking Championships

Guyy Lilleyman, Open Champion 2013 & 2014

Guyy Lilleyman, Open Champion 2013 & 2014

Open Age Category:

  1. First $1000   Sponsored by Cooma Hotel
  2. Second $500   Sponsored by Alpine Hotel
  3. Third $300   Sponsored by Lions Club of Cooma

Secondary Age Category:

  1. First $500   Sponsored by Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  2. Second $200   Sponsored by The Monaro Post
  3. Third $100   Sponsored by Hip Pocket Cooma

Primary Age Category:

  1. First $300   Sponsored by Fisk & Nagle Real Estate
  2. Second $200   Sponsored by Cooma Monaro Legal Services
  3. Third $100   Sponsored by Mark Kenmir & Co

    Geoffrey Williams, Australian National Busking Champion 2017

    Geoffrey Williams, Australian National Busking Champion 2017

Peoples Choice: Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cooma

  1. First $1000
  2. Second $600
  3. Thirid $400

Special Awards:

Sunday 4 November: ANBC National Grand Final

Open Age Category:

  1. First $2000   Sponsored by Cooma Hotel
  2. Second $1000   Sponsored by Alpine Hotel
  3. Third $500   Sponsored by Snowy Monaro Regional Council

Secondary Age Category:

  1. First $1000   Sponsored by Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  2. Second $400   Sponsored by The Monaro Post
  3. Third $300   Sponsored by Hip Pocket Cooma

Primary Age Category:

  1. First $500   Sponsored by Fisk & Nagle Real Estate
  2. Second $300   Sponsored by Cooma Monaro Legal Services
  3. 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

Entry Form Here: ENTRY FORM_2018 Cooma ANBC Regional Championships Saturday 3 Nov 2018



Busking Hot Spot for Old Cooma Gaol

Buskers at Cooma set to rock the Jailhouse for annual festival

5b4093a0-f516-4deb-bf12-11a3757347ee_lThe 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.

Cooma Correctional Centre Manager of Security Scott Bramble said they were proud to take part in the important community event.Cooma Gaol Museum

“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

ENTRY FORM_2018 Cooma ANBC Regional Championships Saturday 3 Nov 2018


Classical Guitar Award – ANBC Cooma 2018

$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.

Guitar-FInalThis 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.

ANBC comes to Gundagai in 2018

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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

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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:

Links to all these Regional Busking Competitions may be found at:

The Prizes:Photo_Comp_-_2nd

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.