Every larger city has its own street artists and you’re sure to find a couple of them in Pilsen. However, if you arrive at the capital of West Bohemian at the end of the summer, you can admire musicians, dancers, actors, and other artists from countries all over the world right in the city’s historical centre. No need to purchase any tickets, simply throw a bit of change into the hat.
How busking works
Busking isn’t new, it’s existed since the Middle Ages. And here you’ll run into all sorts of things, whether you’re simply following the scheduled programme or a five-member brass band surprises you in one of the little alleyways, playing the intro song from Rocky, or maybe you’ll even happen upon an extravagant actress in a peacock costume. It’s up to each artist to convince you with their performance to stop and watch for a while, where you can then reward them by throwing a bit of change into their hat. This form of “payment” is the only ticket to the festival, as all of the artists in Pilsen will be performing for free.
The main focal point of the festival will be again this year on the Republic Square. There will be 4 zones with a live programme, which will be complemented by creative zones and stalls with a wide range of products. On Friday, visitors can look forward to a brass band from Italy, Funkasin Street Band. Saturday evening will be dedicated to a single artist from Israel called Shtuby. The legendary didgeridoo player Renato Oliveira, who will come with drummer Pedro as the band Olive Tree Dance, will provide the final performance of the festival. Find out more about the programme here.