What is a Buskers Festival ?
The idea of organizing a festival of street artists from around the world is not new at all. It first cropped up about 30 years ago.
Buskers Bern took off in 2004 and has taken place in the middle of August ever since. 150 artists grace the Federal Town of Switzerland annually and transform our wonderful Old Town into a fantastic venue for music and performance.
Buskers Bern always takes place in calendar week 32, from Thursday to Saturday – the last weekend of the Bernese summer vacation. From 18.00h – 24.00h with afterparty in the Buskershouse ( till 3.00h or 6.00h ! )
2021 : Thursday – Saturday, 12. – 14. August, 6pm – 12pm
Buskers Bern ’ s location is in the lower part of the Old Town, between the Clock Tower and the Bear Park, including Schmiedenplatz, Kornhausplatz, and Casinoplatz.
Each year, around 150 artists from all around the world are invited to perform in Bern ’ s old town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There ’ s music, dance, theater, streetperformances, theatre, art and acrobatics at about 25 different venues. Around 70 ’ 000 people, young and old, visit the festival each year.
How does it work ?
No bracelet, no festival
All visitors are asked to buy a bracelet and a festival program, to support Buskers Bern (regular price CHF 10.00, patron CHF 20.00, kids CHF 5.00). It ’ s a direct contribution to the organisation of a low budget and non – profit festival – the continued success of Buskers Bern depends on the income from bracelets and program booklets.
No hat money, no buskers
Buskers Bern covers the artists ’ transportation costs, accommodation and meals, but not their fee. It ’ s the audience that pays the fees for the buskers directly into their hats !
Please be generous.
Who’s behind “Buskers Bern”?
Christine and Lisette Wyss founded the Buskers Bern Association in 2004. This private association is supported by a 30 – member team of extremely dedicated people plus 300 volunteers that get Buskers Bern off the ground year after year.
Become a member now and support a non – profit and low – budget festival !Buskers Bern Association
How to get there
Buskers Bern doesn ’ t provide parking. Please use Switzerland ’ s and Bern ’ s public transportation whenever possible.
No OFF - Festival / General rules for street music in Berne
Gigs by groups not shown in the program booklet are not permitted within the festival area Kornhausplatz / Casinoplatz / Clock tower and Nydegg.
Please find enclosed the general rules for street music in Berne :
- City of Bern: Street activities English (Download pdf)
- City of Bern: Street Activities French (Download pdf)
- City of Bern: Street Activities German (Download pdf)