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Busking grows up

Yesterday, the annual World Busking Festival began in Christchurch. Wonderful!

I have long been connecting busking with Christianity, particularly with worship: the connecting of the fixed ‘set pieces’ with the particular context, and so on… With the busking festival in Christchurch being more than a quarter of a century old, like Christianity, it is increasingly ‘institutionalised’. It isn’t simply on the street – it has fixed venues, organisation, …

The ‘on the street’ period of Christianity lasted for some time; and then it transitioned to a more ‘institutionalised’ version.

So here… for the 27th year of the World Buskers Festival, titled Bread & Circus, is my reflection.

Busking provides helpful reflection for worship – especially for worship leaders.

I have reflected on busking becoming more “established”. If that interests you, look back to that post.

Let me remind people of the dynamics of busking:

  • Gather a crowd – from individuals and small groups to a united audience (and get it to grow)
  • Get the crowd to participate (clapping; call and response – there are standard ways of doing this that regular busking crowds know, and those who are new soon pick up from the regulars)
  • Go through your fixed routine, adapting it to the context, and to the reaction of the people
  • Send the people away satisfied and transformed (oh yes – get some of their money)

If you want to explore this model further, here are some previous posts:
Buskers – a model for leading worship
Busking & Liturgy
Buskers Lead Worship

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