Street Music conference


14 May 2019 to 15 May 2019
The Forum; Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF, UK


Busking at Queen Street Mall – The Fergies  by Dobygal (CC BY-SA 4.0 ), from Wikimedia Commons


This FREE conference seeks to explore an important but neglected aspect of public culture and community construction: street music. It aims to draw together the new knowledge and practice generated by funded research projects across Connected Communities with work across a number of academic disciplines as well as the creative sector. Following Connected Communities established practice, the conference seeks to function as a place for dialogue between academics, independent researchers, musicians, performers, and the arts and cultural policy sectors.

From brass bands to buskers to ballad singers, organ grinders to beatboxing, one-man/-person bands to flash mobs, music has long played a role in how we experience the public space of the street. In this conference we aim to contribute to the growing discourse around the role of street music in our contemporary communities and to understand its historical significance. We welcome contributions from researchers, of course, and also street musicians, performers, campaigners, arts producers and cultural workers. (We recognise that these categories may be productively fluid.) Disciplines? Music, but also from cultural and media studies, performance studies, cultural geography, history, leisure and tourism studies, urban planning and architecture, and more, as well as those who may work in inter-disciplinary or indeed ill-disciplinary ways.

Further information

The conference is free although registration is essential. Registration will open on March 19, 2019.


The conference will take place on 14-15 May, 2019 at The Forum, Norwich. There will be an evening event and meal provided for conference delegates on 14 May.  We can provide conference speakers with accommodation for one to two nights. Please state on your application the dates that you require accommodation. Reasonable travel expenses can also be claimed from the Connected Communities programme.


Limited bursaries are available to support community partners (e.g. musicians, performers, creative sector workers), caregivers accompanying attendees, and ECR/PhD attendance.

We are pleased to also be offering bursaries for applicants from British Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who would like to speak at or attend the conference.


If you would like to apply for a bursary please contact Michelle Bagnall on for details. Deadline for bursary applications is 16 March. Please also indicate the nights that you would require accommodation.


For further information about the conference contact or check here for regular updates. Tweet us at @ahrcconnect #streetmusic


Venue information:

The Forum is a fully accessible venue, with lifts to all floors, and accessible toilet facilities on each floor. Baby changing facilities are available and Café Bar Marzano is breast-feeding and bottle-warming friendly. For more details please see:


Nearby places of worship include:

Ihsan Mosque
Address: 17 Chapel Field East, Norwich NR2 1SF

The Church Of St. Peter Mancroft
Address: Chantry Road, Norwich NR2 1QZ

Norwich Buddhist Centre
Address: 14 Bank Street, Norwich NR2 4SE

Norwich Synagogue

Address: 3A Earlham Road, Norwich NR2 3RA