In the 1980s Oamaru held an
annual jazz festival at the Brydone Hotel over Labour Weekend. It was a
big event on jazz musicians’ calendars and they came from all over New Zealand
to enjoy the music, camaraderie and opportunities to share their creative talents
with other like-minded people and enthusiastic audiences.
In 2013, various jazz musicians were contacting people in Oamaru
asking if the town could again host a jazz festival - a festival where the
enjoyment of jazz and the spontaneity of musicians jamming together comes
After 2 very successful years we decided to incorporate ourselves and are now called Harbour Street Jazz Inc. If you wish to become a member please contact Julie Barclay by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Oamaru & Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct is fortunate in
that it has a number of venues, as well as Harbour Street itself, which are
ideally suited to hosting a weekend festival. The Criterion Hotel,
Loan and Mercantile Function Centre, The Penguin Club, Birdlands Wine Co., Star & Garter Restaurant and The Brydone Hotel, and a wonderful new venue - Scotts Brewery along
with The Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust, have all offered
their support and practical assistance for the event.
The 2015 event was such a success that we have decided to hold it again in 2015. With a huge and talented line up, this year's event is destined to be spectacular.