According to Siol.si, Ljubljana City government is preparing changes and amendments to the Ordinance on the Special Use of Public Lands in the section that regulates the field of spontaneous street performances, aka busking. The final proposals are expected to be known in March, reports Siol.si.
Spontaneous performances in the city centre, explains the website, are regulated by the abovementioned decree, which was adopted by Ljubljana City government several years ago, due to the constant performances of the same persons in the city centre, who have completely saturated the area with their programme. Among other restrictions and regulations, on most of the streets of the City Centre such street performances are allowed between 16:00 and 22:00 on weekdays and from 10:00 on weekends and holidays, without any use of loudspeakers.
These restrictions, however, seem not to have calmed residents concerns. Last year, writes Siol.si, 18 initiatives on the matter were filed with the City Initiatives Section, seven of which expressed concern with the Triple Bridge accordion player, who not only occupies the same space daily but also demands money to stop playing if someone else would like to use space for their activities. Apparently he even applied this tactic to a Planet TV crew when they chose the location to live stream their programme, so that they eventually had to move to another place.