Long weekend set to be a Hoot

Musicians and dancers will bring a cacophony of music, movement and noise to the heart of Mt Barker to celebrate the launch of the Hills’ new-look jazz festival this Friday.

Mt Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson, left, and Hoot! Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival event director Mikyla Gilbert, second from left, join forces with musicians to prepare for this Friday’s festival opening procession and street party.

Gawler Street will shed its grey winter atmosphere to be transformed into a buzzing colorful hub as a free opening street parade brings a taste of New Orleans to the town.
Up to 100 musicians and about 40 dancers will pack the main shopping precinct to welcome the revitalised event, now known as the Hoot! Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival.
It will kick off four days of music and revelry at over 30 different venues across Mt Barker, Hahndorf, Nairne and Littlehampton featuring top international, Australian and local artists. Mt Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson said the opening event would show how the long-running jazz festival has “moved on” and “grown”.
“It will be all about the atmosphere and the excitement and the actual arriving of Hoot,” she said.

For the full report, see the print issue of The Courier.