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18/06/01
Busk Your Way to Trafalgar Square
- GLA to hold open auditions

MAYOR KEN LIVINGSTON has announced open auditions for street artists and buskers keen to perform in Trafalgar Square. Having gained control of London's most famous square last October, Ken and the Greater London Assembly are now scouting for performers.

"We are looking to introduce a programme of street events," said a spokeswoman for the GLA. She explained the plan to model the new Trafalgar Square on Covent Garden by designating regular pitches for specially selected performers, adding that the historic church of St Martin's in the Fields and the nearby National Gallery make the square a prime location for artists keen to woo a tourist audience.

Sceptics of the plan include Westminster Council, which fears that talentless performers will weedle their way to public attention. Fans of the Trafalgar Square bird-feed sellers, romanticised in films such as Mary Poppins, also remain disappointed, as Livingstone does not intend to return the licenses he confiscated earlier this year on health grounds..





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