Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang: To ask the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (a) what is the progress on busking pilots to test out the safe management measures required for busking; and (b) whether the Ministry intends to scale up and expand the pilots to more sites.
Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law:
- I thank the Member for his support for the arts and busking. Last December, NAC partnered with *SCAPE and Clarke Quay Central to conduct busking pilots over three weekends. They were well-received by audiences, and a success with the buskers. The events also complied effectively with Safe Management Measures (SMMs).
- Given the current heightened COVID-19 situation, we will have to unfortunately delay the resumption of busking pilots until the public health situation improves.
- Instead, NAC will from mid next month, organise quarterly live-streamed busking for buskers to engage audiences online. This will provide a platform for buskers to try out digital busking, and also develop their skills and capabilities in this area. The livestreamed busking will allow us to accommodate larger-group buskers. This will not only broaden the reach and diversity of performances, it will also enable buskers to delight more audiences while keeping everyone safe.
- We hope that these plans will create greater awareness of busking, and widen channels for audiences to support busking, whether it is performed live or via a digital platform.