Busker Tour 2024: Meet the street performers


Busker Tour is a travelling festival of performing arts and circus featuring street performers from all over the world.

Busker Tour 2024 dates and towns:

6-7 July 2024 Wrocław – Busker Tour 2024: Dźwięki Ulicy

12-14 July 2024 Jelenia Góra

9-11 August 2024 Żary — shows by the Busker Tour artists as part of Międzynarodowe Plenerowe Spotkania ze Sztuką

24-25 August 2024 Krotoszyn

27-28 August 2024 Zielona Góra

30 August -1 September 2024 Wrocław

Meet the buskers

Funkynilo

Funkynilo | Spain | Music | funky electronic music

Town: 6-7.07 Wrocław, Busker Tour 2024: Dźwięki Ulicy

Funkynilo is bringing to Wrocław a one-man live looping show that combines blues and funk with electronic music. With improvised instrumentals ranging from hip-hop to hard techno and everything in between, he creates a constant trance-like connection between the artist and the listeners.

Nilo, also known as Funkynilo, was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. He began learning the piano at the age of 9. After 8 years of learning classical music at the music conservatory, he decided to change direction and started to learn blues and funk, his favourite music style.

At 19, Nilo moved alone to Berlin to pursue his dream of being a musician. Influenced by the city’s underground techno scene, he started combining his classical piano skills and his blues and funky groove with electronic music.

Nilo has been busking for three years, and a hat has been his main salary for over a year. He is also a part of the Zen Studios collective

Nate Bernardini

Nate Bernardini | USA | Music | Singer-songwriter

Town: 6-7.07 Wrocław, Busker Tour 2024: Dźwięki Ulicy

Nate Bernardini (US) is a Berlin-based songwriter who’s been performing internationally for over 20 years. In addition to his solo project, he writes and performs with The Hidden Keys, Broke and Between Jobs, and The One Day Fly. He’s also the host of a breakfast show on Instagram Live called ‘Hymns for Porridge’. His songs follow an indie folk/blues style that combines rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocals, beatboxing, whistling and mouth trumpet.

When performing live, he intertwines his songs with storytelling to paint an ever-changing picture of Western society and the complex human condition. To find a balance between life’s bitter-sweet moments, he writes joyful songs about the world’s problems.

By fusing drama together with humour, he hopes to make controversial subjects easier to discuss and work out in society. His main focus is on the music’s impact and the song’s ability to change the world for the better.

DEANisHOME

DeanIsHome | Bulgaria | Music | live looping, electronic

Town: 6-7.07 Wrocław, Busker Tour 2024: Dźwięki Ulicy

Dimitar Gospodinov, better known as DEANisHOME, is a 31-year-old multi-instrumentalist, composer, lyricist and vocalist.

Dean sings catchy original songs that he mostly wrote for ex-girlfriends, about his desire to follow his artistic path, leaving home to find himself and incorporating a little bit of melancholia, all while creating a lively party atmosphere. Musically, he combines danceable live looped drum beats, with happy guitar lines mostly in major scales.

His musical journey started in the small mountain town of Vratza in Bulgaria. He is a music graduate with a degree in sound engineering and percussion. He moved to Berlin six years ago and has been a full-time busker ever since.

Dean travels, writes songs, records, and performs his music as an independent artist, pursuing his teenage dream of living like a rock star. He has released over 20 albums with original music, in both English and Bulgarian. With every new song, Dean showcases his versatility as an artist transitioning between music genres and playing multiple instruments.

DEANisHOME returns to Poland after releasing “Spanish Omelette” in March 2024. One of the versions of his song “Regrets” from this album was reinvented during his concerts on the streets of Krotoszyn, Wrocław and Zielona Góra at Busker Tour 2023.

Suzie Fleur

Suzie Fleur | Holland | Music | Indie

Town: 6-7.07 Wrocław, Busker Tour 2024: Dźwięki Ulicy

Suzie Fleur is a Berlin-based busker from the Netherlands. People describe her as the lost daughter of Jack Black, a descendent from Pippi Longstocking or the street punky version of Tailor Swift. This year she released her first EP “StreetheArt” which she sells during her busking session together with some other handmade merch.

From screaming in a metal band to a siren in a pirate band to blasting techno in the clubs and festivals, Suzie Fleur returned to her roots which is her voice and playing the guitar. She has been a full-time busker for over a year now in Berlin presenting Indie vibes with songs about her trippy life, heartbreak and love.

She is ready to expand her horizon so very excited to come and perform in Poland for the very first time.

Finian
Finian

Finian | Poland | Music: drums

Town: 6-7.07 Wrocław, Busker Tour 2024: Dźwięki Ulicy

Finian is a multi-talented man. He is a multiple gold medallist at the Polish memorisation championships, an internet marketing specialist and, after hours, a street musician, surfer and avid traveller. He completed his first degree in music school in drumming at the age of 13 and has a bachelor’s degree in musicology from the University of Wrocław.

He returned to playing almost 3 years ago. Together with Aleksander “Olo” Szlaga, they form the B&O Street Band and play on the streets of Wrocław. Unfortunately, the guitarist broke his arm, so Paweł will perform solo at the festival, showcasing his percussion skills and encouraging the audience to test their feeling of the rhythm.

Sammer Salah Trio

Sammer Salah Trio | Egypt, Italy | Music | Blues rock, rock’roll, world music

Town: 6-7.07 Wrocław, Busker Tour 2024: Dźwięki Ulicy

Sammer’s musical odyssey began in Alexandria, Egypt, where he absorbed the ancient city’s rich cultural and poetic tapestry. Growing up, he developed a profound connection with various artists from diverse backgrounds, shaping his artistic ethos. The guitar became his medium through which he expresses his soul. Sammer writes in both Arabic and English and transcends linguistic boundaries through his lyrical exploration. His musical research delves into innovation, respecting the legacy of his masters while infusing personal interpretations of blues, jazz, and psychedelic rock. The result is a harmonious fusion of original sounds intertwined with his cultural roots.

In February 2023 Sammer released his debut album “Searching for a Meaning” marking the start of his new artistic journey.

Sammer will perform in Poland for the first time together with drummer Sergio and bass player Lou.

Street musician  Allie
Allie

Allie | Poland | Music: Indie

Town: 6-7.07 Wrocław, Busker Tour 2024: Dźwięki Ulicy

Allie, or Ala Ostrowska, is a Polish fourteen-year-old street artist performing her own songs accompanied by piano and ukulele. She will present the songs written over the last year that form a story.

Robert Lee Fardoe
Robert Lee Fardoe

Robert Lee Fardoe | Wales | Music: Rock / Reggae / Folk

Town: 6-7.07 Wrocław, Busker Tour 2024: Dźwięki Ulicy

His mother heard him singing in the shower at 11 years old and said his voice “wasn’t bad”. That’s a compliment from a parent. Funny though, as it’s his father’s side that has the musical talent, including his paternal grandmother who sang Opera. That’s the Welsh version of Opera – singing to the sheep in the fields. So you can blame his family for his vibrato and the need to sing in the rain… He moved from London, where he studied Music, to Berlin where he has been ever since, much to the chagrin of the Ordnungsamt.

Robert is passionate about social and political issues, and tries to incorporate this into his songwriting, with a slice of irony, and a drop of humour, wherever appropriate. Or even inappropriate. One has to rock the boat, as long as it rolls to the coast.

A Dúo Andaban, Busker Tour, photo by Joanna Dryjańska-Pluta

A Dúo Andaban „Bien Agarraditos” | Argentina | Acrobatics

Town: 12-14.07 Jelenia Góra

“Bien Agarraditos” is a new circus show incorporating dance, partner acrobatics and contact juggling.

The show takes place without words. Technically demanding circus stunts are used to narrate a story about the growing affection between two characters: Kanai and Chocolate and their adventures.

A Dúo Andaban is an Argentinian circus group formed by Erika Gómez and Maximiliano Garro. Since 2018, they have been presenting their original show “Bien Agarraditos”.

Astronauts Theatre returns to Busker Tour. Photo by Joanna Dryjańska-Pluta

Astronauts Theatre “Mermaid Theoni” | Greece | Living Statue

Town: 12-14.07 Jelenia Góra

A beautiful figure from Greek mythology reminds us that although we delight in the beauty of nature, we sometimes forget to take care of it.

In the final scene, she frees herself from the plastic, reminding the audience about water pollution.

Mermaid Theoni is a living statue with a detailed costume and make-up that encourages everyone to take a photo of her and with her.

Astronauts Theatre is a Greek theatre company founded in 2006. Since its inception, Frosso Zagoreou and Ntinos Pontikopoulos have focused on creating high-quality performances primarily for children. They combine various theatrical forms (prose, puppet theatre, shadow theatre, dance, live music) with influences from folklore and street theatre.

Cia Rumba from Argentina returns to Busker Tour. Photo by Joanna Dryjańska-Pluta

Cia Rumba “Receptáculo” | Argentina | Acrobatics

Town: 12-14.07 Jelenia Góra

In their show “Receptáculo” an Argentinian duo Rumba combines theatre and dance with circus techniques, including partner acrobatics and object manipulation.

Meet two acrobats whose fates intertwine in unusual circumstances. Their bodies transform and allow them to impersonate different characters.

“Receptáculo” combines high circus technical skills and storytelling through pantomime and props.

Rumba is a circus duo founded in 2019 by Juan Cruz Ranieri and Luciana Denino, graduates of the National University of San Martin in performing arts and circus.

Street musician DEANisHOME. Photo by Joanna Dryjańska-Pluta

DeanIsHome “DeanIsHome Show” | Bulgaria | Music

Towns: 12-14.07 Jelenia Góra, 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

Dimitar Gospodinov, better known as DEANisHOME, is a 31-year-old multi-instrumentalist, composer, lyricist and vocalist.

Dean sings catchy original songs that he mostly wrote for ex-girlfriends, about his desire to follow his artistic path, leaving home to find himself and incorporating a little bit of melancholia, all while creating a lively party atmosphere. Musically, he combines danceable live looped drum beats, with happy guitar lines mostly in major scales.

His musical journey started in the small mountain town of Vratza in Bulgaria. He is a music graduate with a degree in sound engineering and percussion. He moved to Berlin six years ago and has been a full-time busker ever since.

Dean travels, writes songs, records, and performs his music as an independent artist, pursuing his teenage dream of living like a rock star. He has released over 20 albums with original music, in both English and Bulgarian. With every new song, Dean showcases his versatility as an artist transitioning between music genres and playing multiple instruments.

DEANisHOME returns to Poland after releasing “Spanish Omelette” in March 2024. One of the versions of his song “Regrets” from this album was reinvented during his concerts on the streets of Krotoszyn, Wrocław and Zielona Góra at Busker Tour 2023.

Diabolo artist Haw Jong Wu will perform in Poland for the first time.

Haw Jong Wu “Fluidity Verse(平平仄仄平)” | Taiwan | Diabolo

Town: 12-14.07 Jelenia Góra

“Fluidity Verse” by Wu Haw-Jong combines diabolo, calligraphy and kendama, capturing the rhythmic poetry of Far Eastern aesthetics. Originally from Taiwan, the artist combines traditional and contemporary techniques with interactive elements, offering a modern interpretation of ancient art forms.

Wu,Haw-Jong wrote his master’s thesis on the history of Chinese street artists. He is constantly experimenting and searching for a unique style. For him, the diabolo is not only a circus prop, but also a tool for creating paintings.

Wu Haw-Jong will be performing in Poland for the first time.

Juggling Dom from Australia. Busker Tour photo by Joanna Dryjańska-Pluta

Juggling Dom “Pyramid” | Australia | Juggling

Town: 12-14.07 Jelenia Góra

Four wooden pedestals display juggling balls stacked in a pyramid shape.

Domenyk presents different possibilities for constructing and breaking apart the pyramid shape through complex juggling sequences. The games developed during the performance play with the audiences’ expectations, with fast and surprising moments of balls being kicked, hit, and rebounded in unexpected directions. This contrasts with the precisely choreographed juggling sequences and satisfying repetition when the balls suddenly reform the familiar pyramid shape.

Domenyk grew up in Australia and has enjoyed entertaining people from a young age. In 2022 he completed a Bachelor’s degree in circus arts at Stockholm University.

Magician Muti Santarosa from Chile, Busker Tour festival. Photo by Joanna Dryjańska-Pluta

Muti Santarosa “Muti Santarosa Experience” | Chile | Magic

Town: 12-14.07 Jelenia Góra

Muti Santarosa based his life philosophy on the words of Mexican actor Mario ‘Cantinflas’ Moreno, who said that the first obligation of a human being is to be happy and the second is to make other people happy.

During his show, he presents magic routines in a comedic way, jokes with the audience, and involves them in active participation. He aims to make people laugh at him, themselves, and with him.

Muti Santarosa is originally from Chile. He started practising magic tricks when he was 8 years old. Later on, he focused on pantomime and clowning. One day, a friend gave him the book “Cartomagia Fundamental” by Vicente Canuto, and it brought magic back into his life and inspired him to create shows.

Twinsanity from Greece will perform in Poland for the first time.

Twinsanity | Greece | Music (hip-hop)

Town: 12-14.07 Jelenia Góra

Twinsanity is a hip-hop duo from the streets of Athens, Greece consisting of twin brothers Ray and Yiannis, also known as Eyekonik and Linkone.

They started busking in 2011, at the age of 18 and quickly became a part of the Greek hip-hop community, developing their passion for music and graffiti.

They have released two full-length albums “The Quest” (2016) and “Vulture Culture: (2019). In May 2024, they introduced “In the Belly of the Underdog” – a book with photos and poems from the last decade of their artistic journey and new music.

Eyekonik and Linkone are Greek and English native speakers and record in both languages. They write every one of their verses with intention and fearlessness, showing appreciation for their community and bringing attention to political and social issues.  

Twinsanity has performed in all major hip-hop festivals in Greece and across Scotland and the UK and opened for The Pharcyde, Foreign Beggars, and Wu-Tang Clan. Despite having shared the stage with the legendary artists, they still find the streets inspiring and busk whenever they have a chance.

Twinsanity will perform in Poland for the first time.

Gato Blanco Gato Negro, photo by Joanna Dryjańska-Pluta

Gato Blanco Gato Negro “Atempo” | Argentina | circus show: acrobatics

Town: 09.08 Żary

Alvin Yong at Busker Tour. Photo by Joanna Dryjańska-Pluta

Alvin Yong “Soul to Show” | Malaysia | Circus, Cyr wheel

Town: 10.08 Żary

Concentrico Circo from Argentina. Photo by Tobiasz Papuczys

Concentrico Circo “Rolanda´s Magical World” | Argentina | Circus, ball manipulation

Town: 11.08 Żary

Cambalache 

Cambalache “Acro-clumsiness” | Argentina | circus, partner acrobatics, clownery

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

Cambalache is a circus duo from Rosario in Argentina, created by physical education teachers who share a passion for art and circus.

Their show “Acro-clumsiness” combines acrobatic stunts and comedy. An energetic and giddy dancer meets an elegant acrobat obsessed with aesthetics. How will their opposite personalities blend?

So far, Cambalache have been busking on the streets of Argentina and neighbouring countries.

It will be their first time performing in Poland.

Sammer Salah

Sammer Salah “The Star Keeper” | Egypt | Music

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

Sammer’s musical odyssey began in Alexandria, Egypt, where he absorbed the ancient city’s rich cultural and poetic tapestry. Growing up, he developed a profound connection with various artists from diverse backgrounds, shaping his artistic ethos. The guitar became his medium through which he expresses his soul. Sammer writes in both Arabic and English and transcends linguistic boundaries through his lyrical exploration. His musical research delves into innovation, respecting the legacy of his masters while infusing personal interpretations of blues, jazz, and psychedelic rock. The result is a harmonious fusion of original sounds intertwined with his cultural roots.

In February 2023 Sammer released his debut album “Searching for a Meaning”.

Cyr Siux Circus from Chile

Cyr Siux Circus “Evolution Now”| Chile | Circus show, Cyr wheel

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

Cristián Ortiz (Cyr Siux Circus) is an interdisciplinary Chilean artists with passion for music, circus and visual arts. Wheter it’s about painting, graphic designing, composing or performing acrobatics in Cyr Wheel, he is always up for creative challenges.

“Evolution Now” is a story of a caveman who discovers the wheel. While looking for food, he finds friendship and love and realises that the real evolution comes from compassion, peace and human connection.

It will be the first time for Cyr Siux Circus to perform in Poland.

Circus performer Kalambres

Kalambres “El Aletreo” | Mexico | Circus, tightrope walking, object manipulation

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

Humberto Kalambres is the stage name of a Mexican circus performer. He began his career as a self-taught artist, and later went on to study at the school of circus arts in Puebla. He has been performing on the street since 2015.

“El Aletreo” is a story about Kalambres journey in a world filled with books. As he discovers different stories, he is reminded of the beauty of letting oneself be carried away by the wind and having the courage to be free and smile.

The show combines circus disciplines such as tightrope walking, object manipulation and juggling.

Humberto Kalambres will perform in Poland for the first time.

GAKU The Juggling Drummer

GAKU The Juggling Drummer “Jugglingdrum performance” | Japan | Juggling, drums

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

GAKU comes from Japan and presents a unique combination of juggling and drumming. He captivates the audience with flying drumsticks and rhythms and incorporates some flames for even more spectacular effect.

GAKU will be performing in Poland for the first time.

MulletMan & MiM

MulletMan & MiM “MulletMan and MiM” | Australia, New Zealand | circus, contortion, acrobatics, foot archery

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

The circus duo MulletMan & MiM consists of performers from New Zealand and Australia.

Their dynamic street show is filled with physical feats showcasing their extensive experience.

With a range of skills including acrobatics, juggling, contortion, unicycling and foot archery, they know how to keep the audience entertained.

MulletMan has been performing for 25 years, and together they have been busking and working in various events for 5 years.

MulletMan and MiM will be performing in Poland for the first time.

Julia

Julia “Plaf!” | Canada | circus, German Wheel

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

Kuo Chien-Hung

Kuo Chien-Hung “Moving Zen” | Taiwan | circus, juggling, acrobatics

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

Vincent Von Grotesque

Vincent Von Grotesque “From the Devil’s Diary” | Poland | living statues

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

Circo Franela

Circo Franela “Equipaje de Mano” | Argentina | circus, clownery, acrobatics

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

An Argentinian juggler Compañía Frac

Compañía Frac „The Gift” | Argentina | juggling, theatre

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław

A musician TIMAY plays handpan. On the left his illustrated character.
Handpan musician TIMAY

TIMAY “Handpan Music” | Austria | music, handpan

Towns: 24-25.08. Krotoszyn, 27-28.08 Zielona Góra, 30.08.-01.09 Wrocław