Busking at South Bank



Buskers are an important part of South Bank – there’s nothing like the gentle strum of a guitar or the mystery of a magician to create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. All of the details for busking at South Bank are listed below.

Short-Term Permits

South Bank issues two types of short-term permit:

  • Short-term permit. This applies to interstate or international performers who are in Brisbane for a short period of time (up to three months) and wanting to busk in the precinct.
  • Special short-term permit. This applies to interstate or international performers who are in Brisbane for a short period of time (up to three months) and wanting to busk in the precinct using high-risk elements in their performance such as ladders, fire, juggling knives, unicycles, balancing acts and so forth. Performing with whips is not permitted. For special permits, a copy of Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of $20 million Australian dollars is required. An exclusion zone must be set around the performance area with rope.

If you would like to apply for a short-term permit at South Bank, please complete the short-term busking permit form and submit it to lstrong@brisbanemarketing.com.au. Please note that there are limited busking areas in South Bank Parklands. Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licences is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into.

Annual Permits

Applications for 2016 annual busking permits are now closed. Any applications received after 30 October 2015 will not be accepted.

Please note that there are limited busking areas in South Bank Parklands. Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licences is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into.