Narooma’s first Regional Busking Festival and Competition last Saturday was such a success, so much so that Narooma Rotary president Bob Antill said the club would like to make it an annual event.
“It was a great day with 57 buskers performing at the town’s 29 sponsored Busking Hot Spots and literally filling the town with music, but the event didn’t just happen,” he said.
“It was the result of a lot of work by a dedicated committee who did an amazing job and with the support of the whole community.”
The Festival was organised by Narooma Rotary Club, partnered with the River of Art, and was part of the Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC).
Over 500 people filled Narooma Golf Club auditorium late Saturday afternoon and evening for the concert by the festival’s ambassadors The String Family, followed by a concert by the finalists in the busker competition and the presentation of prizes.
Three people associated with ANBC judged the buskers throughout the day.
The judges made 24 awards, the major ones being:
The People’s Choice Awards (awarded to buskers who received the most Busker Votes):
Festival coordinator Sandra Doyle was delighted with the number of people who turned out for the Festival, many coming from Batemans Bay to Bega, and with their responses.
“It has been an awesome community event,” Mrs Doyle said.
“We want to thank everyone who took part – spectators, buskers, our sponsors especially our major sponsors – Narooma Golf Club, Narooma Sporting & Services Club and Narooma Easts Holiday Park – and our team of volunteers from our own Rotary Club and from Lions, Quota, Probus, View, CWA and MACS.”
Mrs Doyle paid special tribute to her “Dream Team” of Rotarians Lynda Ord, Chris O’Brien and husband John, with assistance from her daughter Nadine Holland.
Narooma Festival winners will be invited to compete in the National Grand Final in Cooma in November.
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