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  • TALENTED musicians will bring the streets of Cooma alive this Saturday when the Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC) return on November 16 for the 2019 event.

    Both the Cooma regional competition and the Australian titles will all be decided on the one day with multiple free concerts.  The culmination of seven regional titles will come to a head as buskers rotate through Cooma’s CBD performing for the public and the judges in what is an entertaining day of street music.

    All genres of music are performed from blues, country, rock, folk, classical, jazz, hip hop, R&B, and many more. Performers range from young entertainers seeking their breakthrough event to seasoned veterans who just love to perform.

    The quality of artist is astounding to watch, you just require your busking guide, your walking shoes, the odd coffee or beverage and depending on venues attended, you could be witnessing the next big music act.

    The ultimate prize is the ANBC National Grand Final which will be decided on the Saturday afternoon once the judges have submitted their scores.

    The Haystack Mountain Hermits were a hugely popular act, winning in 2018. PHOTOS: Steve Cuff / Snowy Mountains Magazine.

    Founder and organiser Allan Spencer said, “there are more and more towns joining this national network of regional busking festivals. After eight years of steady growth the network now includes towns in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia”.

    “These events have uncovered some extraordinary talent across the country.”

    While artists will have their eye on the top prizes, there are also over twenty generous cash prizes for various categories including: primary and secondary age categories, community music, best group, blues music, country music, classical music, most innovative, to name just a few.

    There is also the hugely popular People’s Choice Award, where the public get to vote for their favourite busker or street performer.

    For more information visit the Busking tent in Centennial Park where you can pick up your guide and more importantly, purchase busking dollars to help vote for your favourite artist.

    As well as the serious business of competing in ANBC Cooma, there will be a welcome party on the evening of Friday November 15 and an after party on the evening of Saturday November 16.

    To cap off a great weekend, a free Blues and Roots Music Festival presented by the Cooma Rotary Club will be held in conjunction with their Sunday (Nov 17) markets in Cooma Centennial Park. Sunday will also see a very special classical music concert by the fabulous Musica da Camera, one of Australia’s leading string orchestras. This concert starts at 2:30pm at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall.

    Visit the website www.buskingcooma.com for further details.

    Snowy Mountains Magazine is proud to sponsor one of the Special Judges Awards. Good luck to everyone this Saturday.

    Up and coming local singer Kesha Oayda.

    Enjoy a beverage while listening to tunes.

    Performing on stage .

    The crowd watching the 2018 finals.

    Todd Haywood made the 2018 finals.