The Buskers Rendezvous Festival kicked off Wednesday night at the Renaissance Theater with a special preview.
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the festival is celebrating its 32nd year in the Limestone City.
Excitement was in the air as a small crowd was able to watch performances from just a handful of performers, who are set to open shop in Kingston over the next four days. Juggling and music were just a few of the many talents on display.
Many performers and artists have struggled with restrictions hampering their performances during the pandemic.
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On Wednesday night, some of those in attendance said they couldn’t wait to hit the streets of Kingston this weekend.
“We’re lucky to be here at all because we’ve continued to do this as our job throughout the pandemic and that’s amazing man. We’re really fortunate to continue making music and playing places like Kingston,” said the musical duo Walker and Wild.
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“I’ve wanted to do this festival for a long time, but I’ve had conflicting dates in general, you know, or just something comes up or whatever, so this is my first time doing it. I’m really, really excited to do this and I’m really looking forward to a full weekend of action packed shows,” said juggler Kobbler Jay.
So was world juggler Richard Filby, who flew in from the UK last week.
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“It feels great to be back on the road, to travel the world, everything has opened up again,” Filby said. “It’s such a relief because so much of an artist’s identity comes from performing.”
The crowd’s excitement was just a fraction of what to expect once the festival officially begins.
With new faces and returning favorites, Kingston residents are in for a treat when the festival officially kicks off on Thursday.
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