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Limestone Coast Jazz Festival Hits High Note

Generations of Jazz
‘Hot Potato Band’ wowing the crowd at Mount Gambier’s Generations of Jazz Festival
Melissa Smith

From Humble Beginnings to Festival Fame, Generations in Jazz Secures Funding for Future

Generations in Jazz, the Limestone Coast’s beloved festival, just wrapped up another successful weekend. And now the future is looking even brighter with the Malinauskas Government announcing a significant investment of $720,000 to build four permanent pavilions on the festival grounds.

“Generations in Jazz is a phenomenal event,” Premier Malinauskas declared. This festival isn’t just about incredible music, it brings together the country’s brightest young jazz talents. They get to perform, learn, and make connections that will last a lifetime. Plus, it attracts tons of visitors who get to experience the stunning Limestone Coast.”

This investment isn’t just about the music, though. These new pavilions will save organisers a whopping $100,000 per event and when not in use for the festival, the pavilions will double as storage for caravans, motorhomes, and boats, generating an additional $150,000 annually.

“These savings and revenue will be reinvested right back into Generations in Jazz,” explained Clare Scriven, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development. “We’re especially excited about the possibility of attracting more schools from interstate!”

Generations in Jazz, which began in 1987, has grown into a national phenomenon, considered one of the best school-based music events worldwide. “It’s not just about competition,” continues Minister Scriven, “It’s about creating new jazz fans and showcasing our beautiful region to thousands of visitors every May.” Local businesses and organisations benefit too, with many offering accommodation to festival-goers. “This investment will fuel even more growth for Mount Gambier and future GiJ events.”

Member for Mount Gambier, Troy Bell, sang the praises of the dedicated volunteers and board members who’ve kept the festival thriving for decades. “Everyone that has been involved in organising this event since its inception should be extremely proud of this announcement, and the recognition Generations in Jazz has received from the State Government holding the distinguished title of being the sole event granted ‘Major Event’ status outside of metropolitan Adelaide.”

Generation in Jazz Board Member Kylie Boston captured the mood perfectly, “We’re beyond grateful for this support,” she exclaimed. “From humble beginnings, we’ve grown into a festival that attracts thousands. This will help us take it to the next level nationally.”

For more information about Generation in Jazz, click here.


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