Photos | Busking bonanza sets new music precedent for Ballarat

Ballarat’s buskers were put into the limelight during the city’s first SongWays Music Festival this weekend.

The Bridge Mall was transformed into a tunnel of sound as buskers put their best voice forward for passing shoppers.

Celebrating Ballarat as the home ground for some of the country’s best and upcoming contemporary musicians, this was the first time the two-day festival was held in the CBD.

SongWays Music Festival busking coordinator Amie Sexton said the event aimed to bring life to the mall area with an element of surprise.

“It’s about activating the space and putting music into everyday life,” she said.

“(It’s also about) giving people an opportunity to see music they wouldn’t make the conservative effort to go see.”

Many shoppers took a moment to stop and watch the buskers as they performed a mix of jazz, contemporary and modern music on Saturday.

It was one of a number of music events held in Ballarat over the weekend as part of the inaugural event.