Friday, November 17, 2006

Kuala Lumpur International Buskers’ Festival 2 - 10 Dec

Don't Get Caught off Guard When Buskers Invade the Streets this December

Kuala Lumpur, 13th November 2006 - Get ready for a buskers’ invasion in the streets of Kuala Lumpur. For the first time, tourists and locals in Malaysia will be able to experience hilarious and fascinating buskers prowling the streets providing free entertainment for all. And these are not just musicians strumming guitars in the open but famous buskers like Peter Rabbit (USA) who has been busking since he was 4 and also starred in several Broadway hits, and Kromatik (Quebec) who has been performing for over 18 years throughout North America, Europe and Asia. These are just two of world- renowned buskers who will be performing at the Kuala Lumpur International Buskers’ Festival (KLIBF) 2006. A cast of over 20 performers will be arriving in Malaysia for the first ever buskers' festival and the latest addition to this stellar assembly includes Uco Show from Montreal and Ojarus from Japan. The Uco Show has already toured 4 continents, 20 countries and at least 50 cities, with the next stop being Kuala Lumpur. Ojarus, a team of extraordinary Japanese clowns laden with magic, mime and other artistic talents will add a colourful touch of Japan to the festival.

The organisers of the festival, have already confirmed 19 acts hailing from over 6 countries that include Australia, Canada, Mexico, USA, Netherlands, Japan and New Zealand, to thrill and amuse the public through the 9 days of the festival from 2nd – 10th December.

Busking is the art of street performing that has been in practice since antiquity. The international buskers attending this festival have been specially handpicked from a selection of renowned performers, to entertain and thrill audiences. All have carved a respectable and lucrative career busking in the streets. Some of these performers have left high paying jobs to perform in the streets simply for the love of entertainment and perfecting their art.

The festival will open with a Grand Buskers' Parade happening at the Dataran Merdeka on 2nd December. Following this, the buskers will perform at Central Market, KL Tower, Bintang Walk and One Utama from 5:30pm – 10:30pm daily. They can also be spotted at the Asian Heritage Row and Jalan P. Ramlee, adding laughter and mayhem to the infamous KL night life during the Buskers' Late Nite Madness, taking place on 8th and 9th December from 12:00 midnight to 3:00 am.

KLIBF 2006 is held in conjunction with the Malaysia Year End Sale 2006 and Visit Malaysia 2007. Tourism Malaysia hopes that the buskers will make shopping an even more enjoyable experience and that the festival will also be a curtain raiser to the Visit Malaysia 2007. It is slated to be a major annual festival and tourist attraction in Malaysia.


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