Busking championships in danger of folding

The Gundagai leg of the Australian National Busking Championships traditionally draws a huge crowd to town, as was the case for the inaugural event in 2018, however the future of the annual event is on shaky ground due to lack of volunteer committee members.

One of the town’s biggest annual events, the Gundagai leg of the Australian National Busking Championships, is in danger of folding if the committee cannot increase its numbers in the very near future. 

An extraordinary meeting of the committee is set down for next week to discuss the future of the popular event.

The busking championships have been a huge drawcard for Gundagai in the past. The inaugural event held in October of 2018 was a mammoth success, attracting hundreds of visitors from around the region and beyond. 

Over 50 performers from across NSW and Victoria flocked to Gundagai to take part in the all-day event which is, traditionally, the performers’ last chance leg to get into the November national finals held at Cooma each year. 

The success of that event was matched in 2019, however the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic saw the championships cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

The Australian National Busking Championships Gundagai (ANBCG) committee is now looking ahead to this year’s instalment, however more helping hands are needed. 

The committee is calling on community members to join them to ensure the continuation of the Gundagai event.

“Over the last two years COVID has affected not only our business/tourism sector but it has also had a huge impact on the arts, and now we, as a committee, have to decide the future of what has been a successful annual community event,” said ANBCG chairman Trevor Champion.  

“It would be sad to end this welcome annual addition to the Gundagai calendar.

“However, with strong interest and support by community members backing the continuation of the Gundagai leg of the Australian National Busking Championships, this event can only grow from strength to strength.

“For anyone who has experience/skills in social media, webpage management, or an entertainment background, grant application, hospitality, and volunteers, we would love for you to come join us and welcome you to attend our extraordinary meeting.”

The extraordinary meeting to decide the event’s fate will be held on March 14.

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