«peaks and freaks»

The 12th annual Buskers Bern Street Music Festival is taking place this Thursday, August 6 through Saturday, August 8. Between 6 pm and 12 pm, 145 professional musicians and performance artists from all continents will enliven Bern‘s Old Town with their exciting rhythms, fun-filled comedy and a variety of theatrical acts. 42 different groups from 18 different nations will perform 370 shows at 28 venues in Bern's Lower Old Town between Clock Tower and Bear Park.

Zoom: Buskers Bern Strassenmusik Festival

There can scarcely be a more relaxed way to travel than the imaginary one; drifting away in the crowd, from island to island, from one stage to the next.
Editorial by Reto Meichtry, visual designer of Buskers Bern since the 1. edition

Program-booklet & festival-bracelets

Buskers Bern needs you: Support the festival by buying a festival-bracelet & program-booklet for only CHF 10 (CHF 20 for patrons, includes free entry to the Buskershouse parties) to help us defray costs and keep the buskers coming. Bracelets for kids: CHF 5 (without booklet).

You can get the festival-bracelet & program-booklet at different ticket offices or on-site from one of Buskers Bern's volunteers.

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Quick Info

The complete program with the exact showtimes and -places is published in the printed program-booklet

Several shops downtown sell the booklet, also, you'll find festival volunteers selling the booklet in the streets

The festival is taking place in any weather. Watch this space for any changes to the program (or follow us @buskersbern). Check the weather here.

There is NO OFF-FESTVAL (no possibility to perform for uninvited artists)
We do not allow performances by groups not listed on the program in our festival area (Kornhausplatz - Nydeggbrücke).

Use public transportations - Buskers Bern does not provide any parking spaces.

Artists 2015

Internal Page: Artists 2015

Scharlatown 2015

Internal Page: Scharlatown

Walking Acts 2015

Internal Page: Walking Acts 2015

Interactive Installations 2015

Internal Page: Interactive Installations

Program Buskershaus 2015

Internal Page: Party at the Buskershouse

Bizaar 2015

Internal Page: Bizaar 2015

Youth Stages 2015

Internal Page: Youth Stages Buskers Bern 2015

Programm for Kids 2015

Internal Page: Program for families and kids

Application artists

We are looking forward to receive your application for the 13th Buskers Bern, 11.-13. August 2016, from November 2015 onwards.

Europe for Festivals - Festivals for Europe / EFFE Label 2015-2016

Buskers Bern Street Music Festival has been recognized by EFFE International Jury to receive the EFFE Label 2015-2016. EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe, initiated by the European Festivals Association, is a new international festival platform connecting festivals that are deeply committed to the arts, their communities and Europe. 761 festivals from 31 countries have been selected to be part of the first generation of EFFE Label recipients. The online Guide to Europe’s festivals 15/16 will be available in early Summer.

All festival pictures are free to use. Credit goes to Philipp Zinniker.

Artist feedback

Buskers Bern artists wrote in some beautiful E-Mails. Thank You!

I would like to congratulate you and your whole staff for the wonderful experience Buskers Bern became for me. Next to the very nice financial part & cd sales, this festival will linger in my memory as one of the most extraordinary venues I ever played.
I am very happy that you and your sister were crazy enough to start this endeavour and after 11 years still know how to infect all volunteers & musicians with your enthusiasm. This is very special. May the light of Buskers Bern shine for many years into the future.
Lightnin’ Guy

Merci pour cette super organisation...la classe!!
vous avez même réussit à organiser le soleil...vous êtes trop forts!!! hehe
 un grand bisou à toute l'équipe du Buskers et a tous ces bénévoles super sympas!!!
Nino G., Swiss Beatbox Masters

Grazie mille!! Thank you so much for the beautiful experience in Buskers Bern!
It has been really a pleasure to perform in this festival, to meet you and all the artists in a very special and unique atmosphere.
You did a great job, and it is not obvious to find together professionality, kindness, organisation, enthusiasm, all this in the same festival, so congatulations, complimenti!
Grazie ancora and big hugs to you and all the volounteers,
Laura and Lorenzo, Compagnia ZiBa