Małgosia holding an axe above Krzysztof's head
Małgorzata Węglarz and Krzysztof Kostera. Photo by Gilad Shabtay.

The Zielona Góra Cultural Centre and Małgorzata Węglarz are bound by an agreement on the co-organisation of the International Festival of Street Art BuskerBus, and we prepare its programme and produce it together. Cooperation with Małgorzata runs smoothly. The event’s organisational and program assumptions, necessary documents, and promotional activities are carried out on time and in accordance with the arrangements. Małgorzata Węglarz successfully continues the BuskerBus tradition, an event that has become part of Zielona Góra’s cultural calendar. Her organisational skills, combined with her knowledge of the street artists scene, make the Festival a lively event, liked and appreciated by Zielona Góra audiences.”

Agata Miedzińska, director of the Zielona Góra Cultural Center

Małgosia has always been great to work with. Her festivals are well organised and she puts her all into making sure everyone has a good time. She looks after her performers very well making sure that any issues that arise get solved asap and does her best to cater for everyones needs with the resources and budget that she has. Every festival I have worked with her, I feel like I have become a part of the family.

Matthias Goed, circus artist from New Zealand

We were glad to meet Malgosia and cooperate on busking program for our festival. Malgosia is passionate and she has both friendly and professional connections to the artists. She is able to balance the program well, she has experienced many shows and also has strong experience with organizing her own busking festival. This was especially useful because cooperation throughout the whole festival was like she was the in-house person who exactly understands how things work and can easily meet your festival needs as well as give useful advice. It was also a pleasure to meet personally and experience the festival together.

Sabina Ksandrová – programmer and producer, Festival v ulicích, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The Busker Tour is a must-be place every year for any street art enthusiast. Małgorzata Węglarz very carefully selects artists (for many of whom these are their first steps on the European scene – and this is where their careers take off), so that during the festival we can admire the best of the best circus performers and street musicians (and get from them their original albums). As a long-time performer who often says he’s seen it all – I’m always pleasantly surprised and amazed by how diverse the performances are. The Busker Tour is the best place to indulge in street performances.

Each day, despite already a packed programme, you can still see performers in different guises in the evening shows on the cabaret stage. At the Busker Tour festival, I had the opportunity to appear both as an artist and a spectator. When I performed, I was very impressed by how resilient this festival is organised. The pitches and performance times were always detailed to our needs, and in the event of inclement weather, a solution was quickly found for us.

As we have a look at the portfolios of the foreign artists performing in our homeland, it is very easy to spot pictures from Busker Tour (one can even blindly assume that they are familiar with Małgosia’s festival, looking at what T-shirts they wear!).

As a regular visitor, I have always returned from the festival satisfied. To see everything the artists have to offer, you have to run around a lot (which is the only difficulty, as the schedule and festival information is always very clear and easily accessible).

I sincerely recommend it – Marcin

Marcin Styczyński, Plucie ogniem, a firebreathing performer from Poland

The summer begins, and I am thinking of the festivals around the world that I am going to miss most this year. Apart from the living statue festivals that I love, there is one that will always be in my heart – Busker Tour (ex-BuskerBus) in Poland, and I would like to leave here a few words about it. I say a few words only because English is not my native language, otherwise, I could fill in many pages.

Festivals become great and well-known because of amazing and inspiring people. A person responsible for the success of this one is one woman  – an artistic director, Małgosia Weglarz. She is a beautiful soul at this event, and you can meet her everywhere! I mean it! Margarita watches all shows, knows all you need before you, understands street performances, and solves all problems. Furthermore, she offers her honest and useful impressions about the shows, which can help performers develop better performances.  

As an artist, I have felt grateful many times for participating in this festival. Despite being a low-budget event, it’s very well-organised, with a small but great team and talented photographers that capture the pictures that I’m happy to look back at. 

Busker Tour has given me the satisfaction of being part of a high-quality line-up, the opportunity to present my job in really nice spots, and the feeling of joy and being taken care of. It offered me wonderful memories, good friends, and the feeling that I belong to an open, multi-culture, artistic family.

I hope one day the Busker Tour passes through Greece, where I live, and we take a boat and go sailing! I love the inspiration, friendship, cooperation and fun that this festival offers to both the artists and locals.  Enjoy this new edition!

With all my love

Frosso Zagoreou, Astronauts theatre, artist from Greece

Margarita is the best organiser ever. Besides being very precise in the organisation, she is very attentive from a human point of view. This makes her such a unique person and so pleasant to collaborate with. She is very attentive to the needs of each artist and knows how to put you at ease and in the best conditions to give a good show. She defends street art, and the tradition of hat making, this is another point that many other organisers do not understand but she does.

Gaia Matulli, Gaia Ma, circus performer from Italy

Which skills does a festival organiser need to perform a successful streettheater event? Reliability, accuracy, empathy and correctness. You have to be able to trust this person as an artist or city administration, because this person is the interface between the city, the audience and the artists. The artist trusts that the organizer has made enough advertising and complies with all contractually regulated things. The city trusts that the organizers will keep their promises, a goodhumoured audience and great and talented artists during the festival, and the viewers put their trust in a carefully selected and varied program.

Małgorzata combines all these qualities. Organising and leading a festival is more than a job, it’s a passion and Małgorzata Węglarz is more than able to plan and realise such an event. Try to work with her and you will not be disappointed. She knows what she does and what she does is great.

Sabine Mariner, Belle Etage artistic director from Austria

We are Umami Dance Theatre (Madrid), and we met Małgosia back in 2015 through BuskerBus Festival. In all this time, we developed a very good friendship with her for different reasons, such as thé passion for busking. She’s a charming woman who loves her work and always takes care of the artist. She shows her professionalism in all of the festivals she organizes. We trust in her 100%, and we recommend her to work with. She turns all problems into solutions

Jérôme Leperlier, Gustavo Hoyos, dance group Umami Dance Theatre from Spain

I was invited as an artist to the BuskerBus Festival in 2020 and 2019. Obviously, most of the festivals had to be cancelled or be postponed this year. Nevertheless, Małgorzata didn’t give up and made it. I can’t imagine how many papers she wrote down. She is a hard worker. In this period the size of the event doesn’t matter. I think that people just want to see and feel some unusual things. People want to forget their daily life even temporarily. Definitely, she gave such a memorable moment to many people. In addition, she promotes for not only her festival itself but also the artists individually. It matters really as an artist. I really appreciate it. As a leader, Małgorzata earns my highest recommendation.

Hayato Yamaguchi, dancer from Japan