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The hunt is on for Manchester's favourite busker in a bid to raise awareness of male sexual harassment

Credit: Survivors Manchester

A Manchester charity has launched a new campaign to help raise awareness of male sexual harassment.

Survivors Manchester is asking people to nominate their favourite musical busker as part of their bid to support the 1 in 6 men who have had unwanted sexual experiences, including abuse and assault.

The successful entrants of the Manchester's Got Busker Talent, will get to perform on stage at The Printworks on November 19 and the winner will take home £500.

The initiative ties in with the global #1BlueString campaign, which asks guitarists at all levels, in all genres, to replace one of their six strings with a blue string to help raise awareness of male sexual harassment.

CEO and founder of Survivors Manchester and survivor himself, Duncan Craig, said:

“You only have to walk down Market Street to know that our city is absolutely packed full of musical talent and we want to celebrate this and do what we do best here, stand together and stand tall. As a survivor myself, I know how devastating isolation is, so I want to get other Mancunians to stand up and show solidarity with the 1in6 men that have had these experiences and help them #BreakTheSilence”.

– CEO and founder of Survivors Manchester

People are being asked to send a video or link of their favourite local buskers, along with the performer's name and contact details, to Survivors Manchester via Twitter or Facebook.

All nominations must be received by November 5th and shortlisted artists will be contacted by November 8th and will be given a blue guitar string and plectrum.

Judges of Manchester’s Got Busker Talent, will include the Survivors Manchester’s ambassadors, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale actor James Sutton; Edinburgh Fringe Award winning comedian Richard Gadd; UK’s leading dating industry expert and blogger, Charley Lester; and male rape campaigner and DJ, Sam Thompson, aka BassDuckFresh.

For further information on Survivors Manchester, please visit www.survivorsmanchester.org.uk