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Old 09-21-2009, 06:05 AM
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Default Re: Busking rules in Sydney ... your area?

Originally Posted by Skulmoski View Post
In Abu Dhabi, it is illegal to busk. In fact, it is also illegal to drum on the beach or in a park with some friends. Bummer.
Holy cow! That's WAY uptight. Also in Australia, what a bunch of overregulated red tape to deal with. They should regulate criminals so closely, not just musicians.

In Boise, Idaho, the law is that you can't obstruct the sidewalk or play at excessive volume. If you offer to play something for a fee, then you need a sidewalk vendor's permit. If you are just playing with a hat laid out for tips, you need no permit of any kind. It is considered a free expression issue and the laws are very liberal.

Street performers enrich a city and they should be encouraged. It is a good sign when people want to do this in public places. I have to wonder, with such ridiculously restrictive laws, what are they trying to protect? What are they trying to stop? It sounds like a mindless, punitive, anti-business and anti-artist approach.
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