Reputation still building

Free stage has another new home at Merriwa Park
Reputation still building
TAKING SHAPE: Tents for the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz blues stage and community stage were being erected yesterday, ready for a big weekend of entertainment in Merriwa Park.

WANGARATTA’S reputation as a destination for jazz and blues lovers remains strong as it prepares for its 29th festival, according to board chair Mark Bolsius.

“The festival has a reputation that really is worldwide,” Mr Bolsius said.

And he said this year’s community stage in Merriwa Park, adjacent to the blues stage, was expected to extend community engagement with the festival.

He said the free stage in the park would kick off proceedings at 5pm today, and continue throughout the weekend, with locals encouraged to bring along their picnic blanket or chairs and make themselves comfortable as they soaked up the sounds.

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