Up to 50 buskers - including dancers, hip hop groups and musicians - will be on show at the Bay News Mount Busking Festival on Sunday.

It's the festival's 20th anniversary and Mount Maunganui Mainstreet manager Ingrid Flemming says the response has been fabulous.

"I am totally blown away and it is absolutely fantastic. It has been phenomenal and I am really excited for everyone that is taking part."

"I think the festival is the perfect opportunity for kids and adults to showcase their talents to an audience."


Entries had closed, and buskers would compete for more than $3000 in prize money over two categories for 16 years and under and the open for all section. The festival is the perfect platform for amateur performers, Ingrid says.

"We will hopefully be welcoming thousands of visitors to the Mount who can watch the performers."

Ingrid had fielded an array of enquiries about the busking both from musicians who had been on the scene for decades to young children. "I've had kids call me up about the event. It's so gorgeous."

Buskers could accept donations on the day and there would be spot prizes and people's choice prizes, she says.

Mount Maunganui Mainstreet chairwoman and manager of Paper Plus Mount Maunganui Jane Debenham says events were great to showcase the Mount as a destination. "It is great for the community because they create a lovely ambience. "Events at the Mount are definitely going from strength to strength. After each event we always have a debrief on how it went and we take people's comments onboard as well."

Zeytin Cafe Mount Maunganui co-owner Mandy Gillgren says events were important as they created a great vibe and atmosphere.

"The Mount tends to beabit more family orientated so there tends to beabit more of a push towards family events like the busking which is great.

"Obviously we are a restaurant and slightly different from retail but if people come they will circulate and even if they don't shop on that day hopefully they will see what the Mount is about and come back."


On Sunday 9 October in the Main Street at Mount Maunganui. There will be a road closure for this event From 10.30am to 2.30pm