The eight day festival is presented in a range of venues from 17 to 24 February and is now in its 23rd year.
Swinging Sunday (17 February) is a free family event and features school and community bands including Australia’s oldest ‘St Joe’s Big Band’ from Launceston. The finale will feature top quality young players who attended the annual Elizabeth College Summer School. Their performance has wowed the crowds for the past two years. Interspersed between the music are dancers Moonlight Aviators and Lindy Mob.
The festival also offers a Twilight Series – a range of free open air concerts in parks throughout Clarence. From Monday to Thursday concerts will take place in Howrah, Lindisfarne, South Arm and Richmond, with food and drinks on site, or the option to bring your own picnic.
The finale is held on The Big Weekend at Rosny Farm from 22 to 24 February with a range of incredible free performances running all weekend. In addition to the free events, the Jazz Lounge in the 200 year old Rosny Barn is offering premium ticketed performances all weekend. Tickets to Galapagos Duck from Sydney have already sold out.
Festival Ambassador Adrian Cunningham, an award winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, is flying in from New York for the festival and is excited to play with Tasmania’s celebrated local artists.
“The Clarence Jazz Festival is the city’s premier event and always delivers a festival full of great music and a relaxed atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy,” said Deputy Mayor and Jazz Festival Convenor, Alderman Heather Chong.
“What better way to enjoy our beautiful city than with world-class free music and a picnic with friends.”
The Clarence Jazz Festival runs from 17 – 24 February. Information and tickets are available from www.clarenceartsandevents.net