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Clarence Jazz Festival kicks off at piyura kitina

THE Clarence Jazz festival is almost upon us, and this year, the line up includes almost 100 per cent local Tasmanian artists.

The popular annual festival will launch on 17 February 2021 with a special opening event at piyura kitina/Risdon Cove.

In collaboration with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC), the special evening of music will feature some of lutruwita/Tasmania’s best acts including the Kartanya Maynard Quartet.

Ms Maynard is a talented artist and proud Tasmanian Aboriginal, who has been presented with many illustrious awards including Tasmanian Aboriginal Artist of the Year (2010) and the Southern Cross Indigenous Young Achievers award (2015).

Alongside the talented line-up of musicians, the night will also feature cultural tours of the land, providing a unique insight into the ancient history of the area.

Festival convenor and Clarence City Council Deputy Mayor Alderman Heather Chong said she was pleased the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre invited the Jazz Festival to host an event on piyura kitina.

“This is the first time in the Jazz Festival’s 25-year history that we have been able to host an event at this special location,” she said.

“Due to the impact that COVID-19 had on the local art community, we really wanted to focus on supporting local Tasmanian artists, and we are so pleased that this event launches with the first Tasmanians.

“This is a fantastic event for us all to come together and enjoy great music and food, and celebrate what it means to be Tasmanian.”

Delicious Aboriginal food by Palawa kipli such as muttonbird spit with pepperberry glaze and damper with kunzea butter, will be available for purchase.

Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnics with onsite barbecues available for use.

It is a dry event (no alcohol) and is free to attend with a registered ticket.

For more information and to register for a ticket, visit the Clarence Arts and Events website at www.clarenceartsandevents.net.