Mainstreet's potpourri of talent

All Mount Mainstreet is a stage at the Weekend Sun Mount Busking Festival Sunday, October 8.

It's acclaimed as one of the slickest boutique shopping strips in the country. It's our own Mount Mainstreet.

Now add another dynamic to the sun, the shops, the eateries, the beaches and scenery – that's the emerging songwriters, singers and dancers, the hidden talent.From violin to saxophone and flute, guitars, ukuleles and keyboards, to accordion and steel drums.

It's an opportunity to showcase talent on the big open public stage that is Mount Mainstreet. It's the Weekend Sun Mount Busking Festival which is celebrating its 21st year and will be held on Sunday, October 8 – the junior section from 10.30am-noon and open section from 12.30-2.30pm.

It will be an entertainment bonanza stretching from Salisbury Ave to Pacific Ave. All Mainstreet is a stage.

“The event is a great platform for young performers to build and gain experience,” says Mount Mainstreet manager Ingrid Fleming. “Being out on a big public stage like Mainstreet helps develop the art of being an entertainer rather than just a performer.”

Mainstreet invites you to spend a lazy Sunday soaking up the busking talent and voting for your favourite to be in a draw to win $50 Mount Mainstreet cash. Take in one of a multitude of cafes, restaurants and bars – grab a coffee, a wine or beer, a bite alfresco and soak up the magic of Mount Mainstreet.

Then mosey round the 30 specialist womens' clothing shops, health stores, beauty services, pharmacies, bookstores, souvenir shops or find a nice piece in one of the fine art galleries.

At the Weekend Sun Mount Busking Festival there's a free photo booth. And for the kids, donkey rides, animal petting pens, Pepi Toot train rides around the Mount streets, free popcorn, fun games out on the closed road, face painting, spider man, balloon twisting, stilt man and trampoline.

‚ÄčThe Sunday Farmers Market will also be operating in Phoenix Car Park.

To enter the busking go to www.mountmainstreet.nz or contact Ingrid on 07 575 9911/027 314 7743, email ingrid@mountmainstreet.nz

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