Upcoming festival jazzing up the Eastern Shore

The 28th annual Clarence Jazz Festival will once again light up the Eastern Shore with a dazzling display of music, art and culinary delights.

This year the festival will be spread over five days from 28 February to 3 March with activities for the whole family.

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said that the 2024 Festival would be bigger, better, more sustainable and more accessible than ever before.

“The Clarence Jazz Festival is truly the highlight of our annual events calendar and is an incredibly popular event not just in our Clarence community, but throughout the Greater Hobart region as well as interstate,” he said.

The festival lineup will feature renowned international and local artists including jazz legend Vince Jones, commissioned artist Leigh Rigozzi, headliner Shannon Barnett and festival scholars Leif Sweeney, Jamie Zieserlo and Otto Kneupfer.

Encompassing the Rosny Farm Arts Centre lawns and grounds, Rosny Barn, the Schoolhouse Gallery and the Rosny Parklands, the festival hub will be easily accessible by bus, bike, ferry, foot or car.

Mayor Blomeley said that this year’s festival would be the most “delicious” to date with a variety of local food and drink vendors featured throughout.

“We are thrilled to be showcasing so many incredible Clarence producers and businesses this year,” he said.

“The cultural impact of the Clarence Jazz Festival, Tasmania’s longest-running festival, is impossible to overstate.

“The economic impact is also vast and is now being spread even further to regions outside the city centre.”

The full program is available on the Clarence Arts and Events website at www.clarenceartsandevents.net

Printed programs are also available at Rosny Farm or at council chambers.

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