My friend and I are street performers and fire dancers–me with hula, him with staff and drum. We’ve got a pretty good act and tend to attract decent sized crowds wherever we spin. This was great, until a few weeks ago a cop kicked us out of Danshui for lack of license. Being foreigners, neither of us had a clue we even needed a license prior to this. I sought information from locals on how to obtain said license. They provided me with half the puzzle pieces: namely that you need to audition for the municipal government, and that the auditions are sometime in November.
Google searches have proved equally fruitless. I find the same half of the info I already know (chances are it’s all there somewhere, but in Chinese–which doesn’t help me).
I also perform solo in the Luo Dong night market about once a week. This is more for the experience than the cash, I just love spreading hoop love! Some other buskers (Taiwanese magicians) told me I should actually get a separate Yilan county license for this too; but that Luo Dong cops aren’t as on it as those in Taipei so I’m probably fine without one. Be that as it may, I’d prefer to be legit.
If anyone knows how to obtain a busking license in either/or Taipei or Yilan (or reads Chinese and can do some quick google research) I would be infinitely grateful. Hell, I’ll even through in some free hoop lessons if you want. (If you’ve never heard of hoop dance, here’s a practice vid I shot of myself awhile back hoopcity.ca/video/angels-falling.)
Peace, Love & Much thanks.