Societal Issues Targeted:
- Challenging negative cultural norms, like people who don’t know each other in public spaces shouldn’t talk
- Experimenting with music together is fun, healthy + should be normal for everyone, regardless of talent
In cities across the World we take as many musical instruments as possible into a busy public space, to invite everyone passing to come and explore/experiment with music together!
At the same time we use the instruments to offer the public the opportunity to share a positive social interaction with each other and the opportunity to release with their inner musician ..something that far too many people haven’t done for much too long.
Talent is not important today! Perhaps a more beautiful moment to see someone who has given up on playing with music since they were a child, picking up an instrument to join in (…although it does help the occasion to have some good musicians along for others to follow, immitate, or learn from)
This event takes our community one-step closer to a change in culture, towards a future where sharing a positive interaction on public transport is just a normal thing to do.
We ask people to bring as many instruments as possible (if you haven’t got any just google ‘simple homemade instruments‘), and its your mission on the day to invite people passing to stop an play play music with us.
We usually hold an instrument making workshop somewhere nearby before, so we turn up ready to get the event going with a group of people and a big bag full of cool instruments like yoghurt pot shakers with rice or spaghetti, fizzy drink bottle trumpets, drums made from big tins, etc.
Don’t worry about musical ability, the event is great for anyone to explore and enjoy experimenting with music, something that many people we meet may not have done for years! ..although it certainly helps to have 1 or 2 musicians along to set a rhythm to help lead the the less confident folk.
In countries where busking is normal people will try to give you money! Its a nice compliment but it changes the message we are trying to spread, so I’d recommend wearing or carrying signs saying “WE DON’T WANT YOUR MONEY – WE WANT YOU TO PLAY MUSIC WITH US! (cardboard with some string around your neck works well to keep your hands for spreading musical joy 😉