The street is not just a place for shopaholics and dreary chain stores selling identical consumer goods –
it is also a meeting and a happening place.
Though it's harder to do street performance in Northern Europe, because of cold and rain,
even a short happening has impact and changes energy.Historically it has always been the place to
catch up on the latest news and gossip.
Many people go out, not particularly to shop, but just as something to do, to be with friends,
hang out, get away from the house, and they may be open to new ideas/images/sounds that they don't
get on TV.
Street performance is not elitist, there are no expensive tickets, no stall seats..
and whether it's a busker who definitely would like some cash, or a keen campaigning group who just
want to make a point, ultimately the performance has to be interesting enough to get people's attention.
Women's bands outside can reclaim space, make places feel safer for women who are alone, give images o
f strength and women enjoying themselves...
Many a grim subway has been enlivened by a committed busker..or paintings or poetry..
Sometimes, negotiation may be in order, as public space is communal space...
But there again, the spontaneous may be irrestistible.....
Poems and preludes and fanfares and festivals, eruptions of irreverence, laments for the earth,
choruses calling for justice, mesmerising dreams and inescapable visions....