The District of Summerland is looking for your input on a draft policy allowing buskers and street performers to show off their skills on Summerland streets.
Street performances and busking can add vibrancy to the downtown core, reads the release accompanying the draft policy. Having a set of conditions and guidelines can assist in encouraging these performances while assuring the public and business community that performances will be monitored.
The guidelines attempt to control the busking environment in a way to balance between the needs of street performers, the residents of Summerland, and the business community.
The draft policy defines busking as a street performance where performers accept money from the public.
Busking and street performances include acting, singing, playing musical instruments, magic, dancing, puppetry, clowning or juggling and other performance arts. However, the policy specifically excludes face painters, portrait artists, painters, crafts people, psychics, or any person or artist who provides a service or produces a product.
The use of sharp or dangerous objects, like juggling knives, hatchets, or chainsaws is also prohibited and performances involving flaming objects will be looked at on a case by case basis as will drums.
The full policy is available through the district website at summerland.ca.