Vote for your favourite act in Carnaval Sztukmistrzów’s Busker Contest 2022! Starting from next Thursday, 28 July for four days, seven buskers who entered this year’s Carnaval Sztukmistrzów’s busker contest will face off against one another, bringing out the best gags, tricks and personal charm.

Who is a busker? A busker is a self-sufficient street performer who uses the streets as a stage to entertain onlookers and make a living. Their hat, an essential attribute, is their fee. They carry everything in suitcases, which allows them to quickly charm audiences, set up mini-stages, and collect fees into the hat.

We have invited artists from all corners of the world, resulting in a very diverse geographic representation. Among the artists performing in Lublin we will see the audience’s favourite from 2018, an illusionist from the Philippines called Magic Mark. We will also see a one-man orchestra from Spain, Mauro Wolynski in the performance “The Great Wolynski,” and a female duo of hula-hooping clowns, Menayeri Circo from Argentina, who will remind us that friendship and teamwork are the real measure of success.

But that’s not all. The female side of the contest will be further enriched by Cami Basterra from Argentina, who will transform items from her coffee stall into circus props. A hilarious clown from Portugal, Dani, in his show “Bailarina” will perform routines with volunteers. Everyone will be able to take part in the show and see the street from the perspective of the artist. “Bailarina” is sure to charm audiences regardless of their age.

Flash Gonzalez is a charismatic, refined and spontaneous performer with a background in physical theatre, dance and acrobatics. Just like every artist of this year’s Carnaval , he will move from location to location, but generally, you will be able to find him in the square behind the Crown Tribunal. This honest tramp will invite us into his intimate, enchanted world.

Polish artists will also make an appearance. Krzysztof Kostera will transport us to the spectacular and dramatic world of circus skills in a performance entitled “Dangerous objects”. The show’s intensity will increase in direct proportion to the level of difficulty of the skills he presents.

Throughout the entire event, buskers will play twice daily; we may see each of them up to eight times total! The only shows with fewer performances are “Bailarina,” which will be performed only four times, and Krzysztof Kostera, who will perform five times. The artists will perform in different locations at various times of day – you may find them in Litewski Square (3 stages: Krąpiec Square, square by the sign I love Lublin and Kapucyńska street by the PEDET store) and in the Old Town (po Farze Square, square behind the Tribunal). The programme has been scheduled to make it possible for everyone to see all the contest shows. But be on the lookout because we have added several new locations to the Carnaval map. If you don’t want to miss anything, check out our programme, available for download in PDF format at

How to vote?

You can vote for your favourite buskers via an online form. The online form will go live along with the first contest show on 28 July. You can access the form at or by scanning QR codes available in the locations of the contest shows.

About the Festival

Carnaval Sztukmistrzów is a festival of new circus, acrobatics, and clowning, held in Lublin since 2008. Street performers and masters of circus arts from all over Europe come to Lublin to present breathtaking shows and performances. Visitors can meet sword swallowers, acrobats, and street performers who are bound to move them to tears of laughter. Carnaval Sztukmistrzów is Lublin’s signature event that captures the spirituality, authenticity, cultural richness and atmosphere of the city. The festival presents international alternative and experimental art balancing between theatre and circus, while Slackliners walk above the heads of passersby.

Carnaval Sztukmistrzów 
28-31 July 2022 
Old Town, Błonia near the Castle 

Full programme: PROGRAMME

Organisers: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, the City of Lublin

Partners: Lublin 2023 – European Youth Capital, Firmament Foundation, Wallonie – Bruxelles, Arche Hotel Lublin

Media Patronage: TVP3, Radio Lublin, Gazeta Wyborcza, e–teatr,, Kultura Enter

 PGE, VIVO! Lublin, Ten Browar Tenczynek, Concentrix

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage