The City of Bologna has published a public announcement to make a selection of the street artists who will be allowed to perform inside a special area in the heart of the city centre, in Piazza Maggiore, named “Bologna città della Musica per l’arte di strada”, which the city Government intends to safeguard and enhance by experimenting new regulations.
Protecting the artists, granting a more balanced scattering of their presence on the local territory, but also granting the citizens’ right to rest, as well as the care for the busiest areas of the city: these are the targets underlying this choice, also aiming at presenting a true image of the city in line with its international profile as UNESCO Creative City of Music.
The announcement is addressed to all the interested street artists – non musicians, musicians with or without amplification and/or drums – who can apply by filling the online form.
The Department of Creative Industries and Tourism of the City of Bologna, through its Music Office, will evaluate the applications at least every three months. The Office can also be assisted by external professionals, in order to promote an offer that is well organized and of good quality, in the respect of the traditional values of the city, i.e. freedom of expression and creativity.
Applications shall be sent to the City of Bologna by email, to:
with the object:
Application for the area “Bologna città della Musica per l’arte di strada”,
attaching the filled form and copy of ID card of every artist.
Artist performances, once considered eligible, will be allowed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and between 3 and 9 p.m., every week from Thursday to Sunday.
The selected artists shall go and take the special annual permit and, each time before performing, the placeholder flag at the Local Police office, located by the City Hall building (Palazzo d’Accursio), in the courtyard named Guido Fanti.
These new regulations for the performance of street artists in the municipal areas will enter into force on the 1st July 2019.
See New regulations street artists – from July 1st (in Italian).
Read the Frequent Asked Questions on street artists (FAQ Street artists – Italian version)
To download the public announcement for the selection of artists to perform within the area named “Bologna città della Musica per l’arte di strada” (Piazza Maggiore area, as marked in the map):
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