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Impressions from the Buskers Street Music Festival in Lugano

Buskers Lugano 2013

I love street artists. They make me think back to my childhood vacations, walking on the streets of some foreign city and watching the jugglers or the guitar players. Their presence always meant vacation, warm weather, and memorable moments.

Once a year, Lugano is home to one of the most wonderful street artist festivals I’ve ever seen. Lugano Buskers has just finished its fifth edition, and I can say without a doubt: it keeps improving.

From the Fun to the Unexpected

There’s the good old fun of watching clowns and jugglers entertain the audience, with some fantastic artists (including Mario, whose whole act is based on songs by Queen – hard not to love him!). Plenty of amazing bands, from the young acoustic duo that gets you rocking on a guitar and a drum to the hard-core punk group. Great music and great performers.

And then there’s the unexpected. The acts that make the difference. Like Puck, a movie theater inside a tiny caravan that only shows animated short movies. The caravan's interior is decorated with grass and wooden benches, and there are lights on the carpet and the floor. And the movies? Amazing. It was a treat for both grown-ups and kids.

There’s Imbuteatro, a storytelling experience like you’ve never seen in your life, whispered straight to your ears.

Happiness Everywhere

There’s happiness, lots of happiness, of seeing a city come to life on a cool summer evening. Seeing people sitting on the grass, happy and relaxed, laughing and clapping their hands at the entertainment. The sheer look of joy on everyone’s faces. Feeling like you’re a child again, sharing the happiness with your friends and family.

I’m really glad I get to see this festival every year. I strongly suggest you come to visit next time, and have a wonderful time in Lugano!

My tip: If you like street music festivals, there’s another Buskers festival in Bern. There will be different artists, but I am sure the merry atmosphere will be the same!


Alessandra is a "kinda creative gal" who came from Milano to live in Lugano. She loves vintage stuff, photography, street art, and typography. She eats a lot of spaghetti, drinks coffee all day long, and shares her unique insights with you!

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