The Joys of Street Entertainment

05 Mar

In my travels around Australia and South America, I have always been captivated by the beautiful pleasures that street entertainers give to the passing crowds. It is wonderful to see the various talents that these people have been gifted with, talents they use to entertain or to make a living. The diversity is limitless, paintings by young people gracing the sidewalks which are miniature masterpieces, washed away after the first rains, to begin anew next day. Street statues that really mesmerize one’s mind, living statues so motionless that you stand absorbed for a long time, until you approach and the statues moves in a hypnotic slow motion. Magicians who brings smiles of wonderment to children and adults alike, birds and flowers, appearing and disappearing in the blink of an eye. Then there are the musicians, instruments of all kinds, violins, guitars, didgeridoo, Chinese Erhu, all entertaining with their individual voices and music, bringing the streets to life and bringing joy into the hearts of the passing crowds.

A pleasure when travelling, to take time out, and absorb some of the wonderful artistry, that these performers and artists have been gifted with.

I have put together a small collection of various street artists, that I had the pleasure to listen to, and to see perform; they are primarily from South America with a sampling of some from Australia.

The pleasures of a Punch and Judy show in a street in Valparaiso, the timeless puppetry never fails to enthrall the minds of the children

Traffic light entertainment, these artists are usually jugglers or acrobats, they are proficient in their art in that they can time the changing of the lights to a split second, they are in front of the traffic as it stops, do their entertainment and collect donations, and are back on the sidewalk as the lights change to go

I was surprised to find this didgeridoo player in Santiago, as the instrument is basically an Australian indigenous instrument, apparently he learnt the instrument on a trip to Australia, I have since learnt that there is a similar instrument that originates from Chile also.

This is a great example of a Living Statue, I am not sure exactly what he was representing, maybe a Senator from Roman days or some ancient royalty, he was motionless and held that pose for quite some time, when someone approached to make a donation in the box at his feet, he slowly came to life and extended his hand in friendship, the sunglasses actually gave intrigue to his appearance.

Cafe entertainers who play throughout various eating establishments or venues, their music is always beautiful and flamboyant and a part of Chilean life, I did witness entertainers who would board buses and entertain the crowds till the next stop.

The Magic of the Magician never fails to bring a smile, in this case an adult relives the pleasure and enjoyment of the mystical hands of this great entertainer.

Busking in the streets of Melbourne, a business not only of entertainment, but survival in many cases.

The captivating dances of the Chinchineros of Chile is always a pleasure and entertaining, I had seen them before but this was the first I had seen with a Female member of the troupe

These Australian Stockmen would have to be one of the best examples of Living Statues, we watched mesmerized to detect if they were real or not, after ten minutes we saw some faint movements, the one in the back slowly smiled, the one on the front right slightly moved a finger, we left after a time and still not sure if they all were alive or that three were statues

A very artistic street painter in Melbourne, he did tell us where the scene he was painting originated from, memory escapes me, this particular art actually was taking him a number of days to complete, he chose a site that was undercover but each night had to block off the area of the painting to continue next day

Sidewalk artistic wall graffiti, councils are becoming more lenient in allowing certain forms of artistic graffiti on buildings

The music from this Maestro was phenomenal, if I recall correctly his music was from a European country, it had the air of Bohemian style music

This Living Statue has to be my favorite, I call Her The Angel of Santiago, when I approached she slowly moved and looked directly into my eyes, I felt a shiver all over and a lump in my throat, she removed a small card from the box she was holding and slowly handed it to me with a faint loving smile, definitely a great artist that not only could hold her pose, but with her movements and dress, evoked an immense Spiritual feeling.

This young artist was a pleasure to watch work, his sketching’s and pastel work were exquisite, again a passing work of art that is subject to the vagaries of the weather.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures and memory’s, of some of the most beautiful artists that Mankind has been blessed to witness and appreciate.



Posted by on March 5, 2017 in Uncategorized


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40 responses to “The Joys of Street Entertainment

  1. reocochran

    May 3, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Your messages on my blog and poetry in yours are always entertaining, Emu. Street entertainment is always fresh and raw. Hugs, Robin xo

  2. GP Cox

    April 25, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Did you have any special plans for ANZAC Day?

    • aussieian2011

      April 25, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      All over now gp, I didn’t go to the Dawn service at 6 o’clock, but I did do the march at 11 o’clock and the service after, a few drinks later and called it quits for the day, haven’t got the staying power as in the old days, saw a lot of young Iran and Afghanistan veterans marching, reminded me of myself about forty years ago, hope their future goes a lot more easy than mine.
      Cheers mate.

      • GP Cox

        April 25, 2017 at 5:49 pm

        Sounds like an excellent day of showing your respect.

  3. azuremorn

    April 25, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Reblogged this on Site Title.

  4. cat

    April 19, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    …Some more entertainment 4 you, friend Ian … Happy spring, uhm .. winter … Keep smiling … Love, cat.

  5. giselzitrone

    April 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Danke schönen ersten April Grüße und Umarmung Gislinde

    • aussieian2011

      April 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      My kindest regards and best wishes to you Dear Gislinde.
      I hope you are well and enjoying great health.
      My Best wishes and thank you for your friendship.

  6. reocochran

    March 28, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Stopping by to say hello and send you blessings, Ian (my friend Emu). Hugs, Robin xo

    • aussieian2011

      March 28, 2017 at 1:14 am

      Thank you Robin, hoping you are keeping well.
      Kindest regards Dear Friend.

  7. Michiko

    March 22, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Ian,
    I love the wonderful beat talent music on the streets they are fell Happy!
    Thank you very much!

    • aussieian2011

      March 27, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Thank you for visiting and commenting Michiko.
      The street entertainers do bring a lot of joy and happiness to people.
      Wishing you well dear friend.

  8. cat

    March 19, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Love, cat.

  9. Elaina Jensen

    March 17, 2017 at 5:16 am

    This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • aussieian2011

      March 17, 2017 at 5:28 am

      Thank you for the visit and comment Elaine, glad you enjoyed that post, kind regards.

    • aussieian2011

      March 27, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Thank you Elaina, pleased you enjoyed that post.
      Street entertainers do bring a lot of pleasure to the passing public.
      My kindest regards and best wishes.

  10. Sue Dreamwalker

    March 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Just loved those collection of pictures Ian.. The gift of those street painters are amazing, the perspective they bring is awesome… The Jugglers at the traffic lights made me smile. I think if I was watching someone would be hooting behind me to get a move on when the lights changed.. They would have to have their own timing down to perfection LOL

    I always love those living statues.. we first came across them years ago in Barcelona. and when I put some money in his bowl, he gave me a small gold metal cross.. I still have it .. He was a statue of Jesus..
    How they stand still in heat is beyond me.. I have seen more since then mainly in Majorca

    Love all music on the streets too and hubby is always scolding me for giving to their hats or buckets.. I say I dont care if they walk away and get in a Rolls.. They are making people feel Happy.. and we need more of that… 🙂

    Thank you for making me feel HAPPY today Ian and thank you for that link.. too 🙂 Love and Hugs my friend
    Sue ❤

  11. Mél@nie

    March 9, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    true artists, real talent – admiration and respect… wonderful post, Ian!

    • aussieian2011

      March 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you Melanie, no matter where I travel, street artists are always intriguing to watch.
      Kind regards.

  12. reocochran

    March 9, 2017 at 4:26 am

    I liked the sidewalk art, the musicians and dancers, but always like to watch those statues. I would want to itch my nose! 😀

    • aussieian2011

      March 10, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Those statues are unbelievable Robin, they are so still for long times and not even an eye blink or a movement of the muscles, most people stand and watch simply because they are sure they are statues.

  13. giselzitrone

    March 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Wie schön liebe Grüße und eine gute Woche wünsche ich dir lieber Gruß Gislinde

    • aussieian2011

      March 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Danke Liebe Gislinde, die besten Wünsche an dich auch mein Freund.
      Mit freundlichen Grüßen

  14. davidprosser

    March 6, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Fantastic stuff, thanks for sharing it Ian.

    • aussieian2011

      March 6, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Thanks David, pleased you appreciated my post.

  15. aussieian2011

    March 6, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Hi gp, yes the Stock men were great, that particular scenario has a bit more of a story to it that I didn’t tell, this being the complete story. We stood among the crowd taking pictures for about ten minutes, slowly the one behind in the statues raised his head in slow motion, then his arms and slowly opened his shirt in slow motion to reveal a bright red and yellow Superman shirt underneath, he pointed at my wife and slowly smiled as he bought his hand up to his ears as if holding a phone, well the whole crowd cracked up and I did as well, so much so I never got to take pictures of the moment, it was a classic display of Aussie Humour, so that’s a bit more info on that picture gp.

  16. wonkywizard

    March 5, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Amazing pictures, esp the living statues. It is always a wonder how they stay so still for so long. The talents of street artists are just as great. Thanks.

    • aussieian2011

      March 6, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Thanks my Friend, the Living Statues are unbelievable, their ability to stay motionless is amazing, they must learn some technique like self hypnosis or meditation to achieve this state, either way I found the experience rather Spiritual.

  17. prenin

    March 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Fascinating! 🙂

    Art is everywhere you choose to look!!! 🙂

    God Bless!


    • aussieian2011

      March 6, 2017 at 6:16 am

      Agree Prenin, the more I travel the more I see so much talent in Mankind.

  18. derrickjknight

    March 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    A wonderful tour, Ian. Thank you.

    • aussieian2011

      March 6, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Thanks Derrick, great that you enjoyed that post, the more I travel the more I see such beautiful talent around the world, I have an urge to record it all.

  19. natswans

    March 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Oh wow! Ian these are just wonderful…Street entertainment is just so so good, these people are truly amazing.

    Thank you Ian ..great shots .

    • aussieian2011

      March 6, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Hi Sheila, great that you really appreciated that post, I do love recording street entertainers, they are so talented and diverse in their specific gifts, hope to continue my travels and writing more adventures.
      Hoping you are well and wishing you much Love
      Kind regards.

  20. GP Cox

    March 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Aren’t these wonderful?!! I think my favorites are the Australian Stockmen, the artist from Melbourne and the young artist. The maestro would probably have been in there if we could hear him.


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