Prague Buskers Get Silenced

New regulations in the Czech capital ban loud instruments, animal acts for street performers from March

If you’ve grown accustomed to the sounds of bagpipes and saxophones in Prague’s historical center, you might notice things getting a little quieter from this March.

Three years ago, the center of Prague started to become a little more vibrant with an ordinance that opened up the city’s streets to a wide variety of street performers.

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In the years since, mimes, jugglers, living statues, magicians, exotic birds and snakes, and a variety of unusual musical acts have become common sights while traversing Old Town.

From next month, however, some of those acts are set to disappear.

A new ordinance passed last month is set to reduce some of the perceived negative elements of busking. These include loud instruments (saxophones, bagpipes, and drums without a suppressing element) and animal acts, according to

Last week, street artists and supporters gathered in Wenceslas Square to protest the new regulations. They’ll gather again this Wednesday.

Busking is permitted on most Prague’s streets between the hours of 9:00 – 21:00.

The new regulations also add to the list of locations where performances are forbidden, with Prague 2’s I.P. Pavlova and Tylovo náměstí joining Hradčanské náměstí, Celetná, and other streets in the city center.

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