For the last five years, the Australian National Busking Championships have only happened in Cooma
And while talent from across the nation has been drawn to local streets to compete, that claim of being a ‘national championship’ didn’t carry the weight the name implies.
That changes in 20117.
With the backing of Rotary Clubs along the East Coast, the Busking Championships will cover three states and at least six regional centres.
The Cooma based founder of the Championship, Allan Spencer told About Regional he was delighted to see the idea picked up by Stanthorpe and Noosa Heads in Queensland, Ballarat and Wangaratta in Victoria, Narooma and Berry in New South Wales.
“It’s always been a bit of a crusade of mine to try and promote talent,” Allan said
In 2016 the championships covered 28 locations around the Cooma CBD with over 160 acts, and $10,000 shared among the winners.
The program for the expanded format in 2017 is still being finalised, at this stage, winners from all six centres will converge on Cooma during the first weekend in November for a national busk-off to decide the Australian champion.