The Barceloneta streets are often lined with performers and characters from all walks of life, vying for attention with dances and instruments you might not even be able to pronounce the names of. Between August 5th and 8th, these buskers will be throwing a festival of their own, at a fee left up to the audience.
The sixth annual Buskers' Festival, taking place around Barceloneta's Passeig Joan de Borbó and Passeig Maritím, focuses on multicultural entertainment for the whole family. The spectacle is more than just watching from afar, however: audience participation is known to be a highlight of performances. Prepare to be swept up in avant-garde tango with Argentine group Violentango, reggae grooves from Barcelona's own Microguagua, or circus-jazz from Italy's Brassvolé who are among 18 groups from around the globe and Barcelona proper.
Expect to get your money out as the hat gets passed round. With salaries determined by how far they can woo the audience's hands into their pockets, expect nothing less than full-throttle busking by all involved.