International 6.8.2018 09:41 am

Hong Kong buskers silenced

Noise complaints have driven away Mong Kok’s street performers

The rumbustious street performers who have long claimed one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts as their informal stage took their final bow last weekend after local authorities caved to noise complaints.

Under the glow of Mong Kok’s famous neon signs, buskers have been entertaining crowds – and irking neighbours – for nearly two decades in Sai Yeung Choi Street South, an area which has been regularly closed to traffic to make way for pedestrians and performers since 2000.

Over the years, a motley line-up including an acrobat in his sixties performing stunts to Michael Jackson and karaoke bands surrounded by fans clapping along on plastic stools gave ear-splitting shows to tinny music blasted from amplifiers.

Drawing cheers and consternation equally, the street performers received 320 noise complaints in just the first half of the year, according to police.

 

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