Buskers reign in new festival

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BUSKERS shared awesome tricks and dynamic dancing with shoppers as they dodged the rain to perform in a new festival.

Crowds of spectators watched escapology, magic and dance as entertainers from Covent Garden traded the streets of London for Chesterfield.

Street dancer Shandy South in Chesterfield Street Entertainment Festival

Street dancer Shandy South in Chesterfield Street Entertainment Festival

Inspirations Theatre Company flew the flag for the town, performing songs from the shows in the indoor Pavements shopping complex on Saturday.

Festival organiser David Miller , who lives in Chesterfield, said: “Despite the horrible weather, the festival was extremely well received. Crowds gathered to watch and listen to some great performances. It was obvious from their reaction that quality street entertainment is greatly appreciated in Chesterfield.

“The performers from Covent Garden all commented that the people of Chesterfield made them very welcome and expressed a desire to return.”

“We had to pull out a couple of acts for safety reasons. With wet surfaces for the vast majority of the day it would have been far too dangerous for them to perform.”

NDET 25-8-12 RKH 9 Street magician entertains the crowds during Chesterfields first street festival.

NDET 25-8-12 RKH 9 Street magician entertains the crowds during Chesterfields first street festival.

The success of Saturday’s trail-blazer has sparked hopes for the Chesterfield Street Entertainment Festival festival to be staged again next year.

David said: “We hope to make it an annual event building on the success of this first festival. We will also be working with an international organisation called The Busking Project, based in the USA, to establish Chesterfield as a venue for quality street entertainment.”