Busking championships coming to Cooma soon

The Australian National Busking Championships on Sunday November 4 in Cooma is all about celebrating music in all its rich and wonderful variety.

This year's event will be the first of its kind for Cooma and the Snowy Mountains.

Musicians from all over Australia are being invited to play and compete in this new and exciting event.

All styles of music will be represented, such as folk, classical, rock, country, jazz, blues and more. So if you enjoy making music and entertaining outdoors, this is the day for you. Put your hat out and make a bit of money, and be in the running for over $2000 of cash prizes.

There will be three age categories for prizes:

* The Australian Busking Champion Open - (open to all ages) - $1000 prize money plus two runner-up prizes of $200 each.

* The Australian Busking Champion Secondary - (secondary school age) - $200 plus two runner-up prizes of $50 each.

* The Australian Busking Champion Primary - (primary school age) - $100 plus two runner-up prizes of $30

Plus the People's Choice Award - $200.

The prize-winners for the age categories will be selected by a panel of judges at the "Finals Concert" which will be held in Centennial Park. Buskers competing in the "Finals Concert" will be selected by the judges from all the busking performances held during the morning and afternoon on the same day.

Primary aged competitors will be asked to give their daytime performances in the park.

These younger buskers need only perform for a short time (perhaps five to 10 minutes).

Their performances will be judged there and then in the park. The results will be announced later in the afternoon, before the start of the "Finals Concert." A parent or guardian of these children must be present for these performances. Children must not be left unattended.

The older buskers, Secondary and Open, will be assigned various locations around Centennial Park and surrounding CBD of Cooma.

The Australian National Busking Championships is happening on the same weekend as the "Snowy Ride" which is an annual motorcycle event that brings thousands of riders from all over Australia to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research.

Also on that Sunday in Cooma at the Raglan Gallery is the nationally recognised poetry competition, "A Feast of Poetry." This year's "A Feast of Poetry" will feature a song writing competition as well as poetry.

For more information and entry forms go to www.coomamusic.com.au or phone Allan on 6452 6067.

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