Open mic night for local performers

Open mic night

Monday, 18 March 2019

To celebrate Council’s new Street Performers Policy, we’re holding a free open mic night for local buskers and street performers, right in the heart of Penrith.

The event will be held on Thursday 11 April from 5-8pm, in Penrith’s newest urban space – Triangle Park. The community is invited to come along and enjoy a free showcase of Penrith’s best talent. Along with free entertainment there’ll also be a pop-up record shop and food available to purchase.

Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said the open mic night is the first step in a new wave of entertainment for Penrith.

“All major cities have a vibrant local busking and street performer scene and it is great to see that Penrith can now also be a part of that culture”, Cr Fowler said.

“Buskers and street performers add an important dimension to public spaces. Buskers are an important element in placemaking, which is all about creating safe, vivid and happy places in urban settings. They draw people together and can change the mood, and even the safety of a city street.

“It’s also an easy way to support talented locals and provide opportunities for them to pursue their talents and passions, which can often be difficult to find for those in the arts,” Cr Fowler concluded.

Are you a local musician or entertainer? Penrith Council wants you to perform! Just book your timeslot and take the stage – it’s free and open to all local musicians and entertainers. To find out more, visit the Street Performing & Busking in Penrith page or contact Dimity Mullane at 0429 905 046 or to book your slot now.

This event is part of Council’s campaign to bring local musicians, performers and entertainers to bring a vibrant arts scene to life in our city. Under the new Street Performers Policy it is now easy for musicians and entertainers to perform regularly in both the Penrith and St Marys City Centres.

Buskers and street performers do need a licence, but they are easy to get and cost just $20 per year. Make sure you read the important information and policy to find out where and when you can perform, as well as how to display your permit on the Street Performing & Busking in Penrith page.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 18 March 2019.