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, please fill out the short term busking permit form and submit it to lstrong@brisbanemarketing.com.au. Please also note that Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licenses is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into.

Annual Permits

Annual busking permits are issued once year. Please note applications for 2015 annual busking permits are now closed.

Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licenses is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into.