bourke street buskers memorial benefit

Over 12 hours of continuous music
10AM - 11PM approximately

 Image by Gail Hislop - thru my lens photos

Image by Gail Hislop - thru my lens photos

Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall has long been world renowned for it's buskers, drawn for a musically diverse and incredible talent pool of musicians from across the globe who call Melbourne home.

Many of them have been busking in this space for years.

Since the terrible event of Friday January 20th, that took the lives of 6 people and injured over 30 more along Bourke Street, the Mall has been mostly silent as it became a place of mourning and grieving for a city in shock.

Some of the buskers were there that day, just finishing their set or getting ready to start and witnessed the event. All of them have all been deeply affected by what happened in their work place, whether they were there or not.

The steps of the GPO building, where on a normal day people would be found sitting and enjoying listening to the music of whichever busker was playing in that spot, had become a site for people to show their feelings and pay tribute to those lost in such awful circumstances. It had become filled to overflowing with flowers, notes, cards, stuffed animals and candles.

  image by Gail Hislop Thru my lens photos

 image by Gail Hislop Thru my lens photos

Music is a great healer and the city of Melbourne and the Bourke Street Mall in particular needs healing and to start returning to a sense of normality

In light of that the Buskers of Bourke Street have come together, as the strong community they are, to bring back their music and return full time to the Mall by organising, in collaboration with Melbourne City Council,  a special busking fundraiser for this Friday February 3rd.

All proceeds collected on the day will be going to the Bourke Street Fund that the Victorian Government has established and set up through Westpac ,to provide on going financial support to the victims and families affected by the tragedy.

 CD COVER ART by Chris Cincotta of Humans in Melbourne.

CD COVER ART by Chris Cincotta of Humans in Melbourne.

For more than 12 hours, from 10am till approximately 10:45pm, there will be continuous music playing as 38 buskers perform 20 minute sets in 2 of their usual locations on the Mall, where the public will be able tolisten to their music again, make their donations and hopefully start to see this location in the CBD as positive and energetic.

As well as live music, a limited edition (1000 only at this stage) double compilation CD, titled 'We Love You Melbourne' , featuring 31 tracks from these musicians will be available for sale on the day for $20.

This CD was mastered (for free) in record time this past weekend by Melbourne producer Ivan Khathcoyan of Choi Productions and pressed and packaged by Dex Audio in Kensington.

The processing costs has been covered by the amazing not for profit charity Enruoblem of Chris Cincotta of Humans in Melbourne.

Pic and Article by Gail Hislop - Thru My Lens Photos