Jazz festival set to become incorporated

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The Harbour Street Jazz Festival is set to become incorporated at a public meeting at the Criterion tonight.

Anyone interested in becoming a member or wanting to find out more information is invited to the meeting which will be held at 5.30pm.

Organiser Julie Barclay said she was excited about the festival becoming Incorporated as it would formalise the event and help them apply for funding.

It would also mean that if she could not be involved one year that it would still go ahead, she said.

“I’m very excited about it…because I know that it’s not going to fall over if I’m not able to do it.

“It’s not going to change too much logistically.”

They will have to create a set of rules to abide by and have set roles, such as a president and secretary.

“Before we were just a group of people that wanted to do something for Oamaru and loved Jazz music.”

They made the decision to become incorporated last December but there was a bit they needed to organise first.

“It’s just to secure the event because there’s no other Jazz Festival in the South Island.”

The event just keeps getting bigger and it brings lots of people into Oamaru, she said.

“It’s a great event for Oamaru.”

The meeting will be held at the Criterion tonight at 5.30pm.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

FORMAL FESTIVAL: Harbour Street Jazz Festival organiser Julie Barclay is excited about the festival becoming incorporated.