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Busk at Dusk - Cairn's Challenges the Record of World's Largest Busk

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Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

52-54 The Esplanade

Cairns City, QLD 4870

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CQUniversity Busk at Dusk

World Record Attempt!

The Esplanade (from the Western Event Lawn to Fogarty Park)

5.30-6.30pm Friday 25th August.

Come and join CQUniversity as we attempt to break the world record for the world’s largest busk.


Calling all creatives – musicians, actors, circus artists, dancers, street artists, painters – come and showcase your skills as we celebrate the first year of CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Creative Arts degree. With your help, we’re trying to break the world record for busking, which needs only 388 artists. You’re all invited to help us bring the Esplanade to life with hundreds of creatives for one hour only. As this is busking, there is no requirement for everyone to learn and play the same piece together. Everyone creates their own performance as we jam out with each other! If you do anything creative, play a kazoo, a ukulele, a tuba, an electric guitar, sing, dance, act, mime, firebreath, or ride a unicycle, or whatever, come on down and be part of this great community event.

Brisbane currently holds the record so let’s show the city slickers how we can punch above our weight!


If you have questions, email creativearts@cqu.edu.au

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The Bachelor of Creative Arts is a new degree in Cairns that offers majors in popular music, acting and contemporary dance. For more information on this degree, contact creativearts@cqu.edu.au

A few guidelines

  • All skills are warmly welcome for the event held in all the grassy areas (the ‘Busk Zone’ as marked on the Cairns Esplanade map – HERE.

  • Registration on the day is possible but to save time you can pre-register. All performers must still enter the ‘busk zone’ via the CQUniversity and be checked off at ‘The CQUniversity Station,’ in front of the Lagoon on the Esplanade.

  • There are limited powered spots around the Esplanade, so use acoustic instruments where possible. Electric guitar and bass performers, power is obviously required for amps but please perform at a volume that makes you audible but also means other performers around you are still able to be heard.

  • If you are showcasing a dangerous skill (knife juggling, fire eating) please do register and we will allot you a special non-grassy area to demonstrate your skill.

  • No busking is allowed in the Lagoon. Grassy areas only.

  • Community groups and schools are particularly encouraged.

  • You must be 13 years or older to participate in this event. By registering performers acknowledge there are participating at their own risk. If you are a regular performer doing dangerous activities you acknowledge that you have insurance for your performance.

We are extremely grateful that Peter Phillips and Cairns Penny Bank have offered to officially record the event as independent counters.

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