• Festival format to stay

    PHOTO: Emma Hillier
    REASON TO SMILE: Positive public feedback will see Ford Street’s free stage and Merriwa Park’s blues venue (above) remain unchanged this year. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

    THERE will be no major changes to the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues in 2018, after positive feedback from last year’s event.

    Festival chair Paul Squires said the board had met prior to Christmas, and would meet again in late January to discuss plans for the November event.

    “We will go with the same format this year, and we are looking forward to that,” Mr Squires said.

    “Our programming team is already in the throes of booking acts for 2018, so we are in a good position for this year.

    “There has been excellent feedback from everybody, the public really took to Ford Street, and the sponsors were happy with numbers there over the weekend.

    “We had fantastic numbers in Merriwa Park, and that will continue for this year.”

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