The Market Square and the Old Town in Krakow attract artists of all sorts. The most visible and especially the best heard are the musicians. The amateur and professional musicians play either as single or in the bands. Their instruments range from a simple recorder to a giant cello. Most of them hope to attract crowds and earn some money - the box which holds an instrument is usually led on the street with a clear intention to collect coins, sometimes "bigger" money - banknotes. I think money is important for them but there is still something more than just the money - namely, the audience. It is a sort of a challenge and a test for the artist attract successfully the attention of hundreds of people strolling in the Old Town by playing the music. The police and municipal guards do not intervene, everybody can try to play, provided they do not use electric sound system.
Lonely Planet Krakow (Lonely Planet Krakow) by Krzysztof Dydynski