The first edition of Lisbon Busking Festival (Chapéus na Rua, in Portuguese) will take place in Portugal’s capital city between Friday, September 16, and Sunday, September 18.

The festival will take place in venues including Largo do Intendente, Mercado de Arroios, Mercado 31 de Janeiro and Chapitô.

“The concept behind the festival is closely related to the practice of busking or performing in public places where attendance is free,” the organisers explain. “Artists will receive donations directly from the public for their performances, so they have to put on a good show and capture the audience’s attention in order to get a hat brimming with coins.”

The festival is aimed at reaching out “to the community by offering a series of shows that may take the form of improvised poetry, living statues, juggling, acrobatics, clowns, puppetry, mime, dance, theatre, performance art and music, open to all audiences, regardless of their social status, culture, age or gender,” the organisers add.

“Artists will receive donations directly from the public for their performances, so they have to put on a good show and capture the audience’s attention in order to get a hat brimming with coins,” the organisers say.

The Lisbon Busking Festival is part of the programme Com’out Lisbon, promoted by EGEAC, Lisbon’s municipal company in charge of promoting cultural animation. The detailed programme of Lisbon Busking Festival can be found here.