The Street Performance World Championship takes place in Dublin's Merrion Square this weekend from 11 to the 13 July. 

The festival features international street performers from the world of music, dance, comedy, acrobats, contortion, sword swallowing, escapology, juggling, magic, ventriloquism, mime and much more.

For full details on the event visit:

We take a look back to 1988 when Hot House Flowers took to the streets of Dublin to promote the release of their new album titled 'People'.

Hot House Flowers were synonymous with busking and street performance during their early careers and returned to the streets playing on Henry Street, O'Connell Street and Grafton Street in support of their new album. The impromptu event attracted hundreds of people at lunchtime on 19 April 1988. 

RTÉ News followed the group as they busk their way from Henry Street to Grafton Street, with a stopover at Dublin Millennium Radio Studio with Jimmy Greeley. 

Liam Ó'Maonlaí and Fiachna Ó'Braonáin speak to Teresa Mannion about their success and the joys of playing on the streets of Dublin.

A RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 April 1988.