StreetStage Atlanta, Inc.
StreetStage Survey Results
StreetStage, Atlanta, the South's first festival of street performing, was organized to bring extraordinary performing artists from around the world to Atlanta's residents and neighborhoods. The innaugural event featured variety performances, not only presented in a street setting, but also theatre venues. An educational outreach was an integral component of the festival as well.
The organizations intent is to:
1. Foster an environment that encourages and values street performance/popular entertainment for its contributions to the creative and cultural life of the city; that recognizes the laboratory for creative expression that is street performing, and that allows innovative, out-of-the-box thinking to find its own audience.
2. Bring the Atlanta community together through the shared appreciation of this most fundamental performance style. Demonstrations of skill and wit, of art and entertainment serve as a bridge between individuals and demographic groups.
3. To establish a diverse artistic legacy for the enjoyment and cultural enrichment of the families of Atlanta.
Why street performance?
• Busking puts a welcoming face on a city and encourages people to get out of their cars and see the town on foot.
• There is on the street an unspoken invitation to join in the performance itself -- a bond between artist and audience that is unique to the street experience, a mutual sense of trust in the implicit contract: the busker presents their act, and the audience decides -- only after the show -- if and how much they want to pay.
• Street acts tend to be affirming, non-sexist, non-racist, non-violent, family-friendly endeavors.
• Busking reinforces the recent trend in neo-urbanization.
• A short list of buskers you might already know:
Bob Hope, George Burns, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Dolly Parton,
David Blayne, Robin Williams, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Sting, Jeff Buckley, Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Eric Clapton, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Mark Weiner, Sean Morey, Damien Rice, Joni Mitchell, Pierce Brosnan, Woody Gutherie, Sheilds and Yarnell, Sid Vicious/Sex Pistols, Jon Bon Jovi, Joe Strummer/Clash, Violent Femmes, Ben Franklin -- to name a few.
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