Local buskers in Bournemouth are facing a problem of gaining less money from passers by during the winter season.
Buskers in Bournemouth claim that they are receiving less money from local residents more so this year than any other year, as Christmas time is putting pressure on the public to spend money in retail stores and buying gifts for their family and friends. The minds of the public are increasingly forgetting about the homeless, buskers and those who need money to survive at this time of year.
When speaking to buskers in Bournemouth Town Centre on Tuesday, it became clear the people of the town are not as giving as much they used to. Michael Banks, 44, from Winton said: “busking is what I love to do and what i’ve done for a long time, but people aren’t as interested anymore. I’m getting less and less money from people.”
When talking to other buskers in the town, they all shared the same ideas. James Hill, 29, from Poole said: “I’m not getting as much money these days but I think it’s because of the season and people care more about Christmas than street buskers like me”
The homeless are the buskers that are at crisis the most in this season, even though there is plenty of help about people still feel the need to busk in the street. Mason, 27, homeless, said:”I like to do homeless art rather than beg for money, and it’s not like people willingly give money to us homeless anyway.”
You can see a picture gallery and video of buskers in the local area, click here.
To see the results of a recently carried out survey about young people and their responses to buskers, click here.