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Need to impress

Mere Naleba
Saturday, April 05, 2014

THE Director of International Jazz and Bluez Festival, Bill Te Kahika (TK) Jr, believes they will need to work on impressing the Fiji Government in order to get its full support.

In a press conference yesterday Mr Te Kahika thanked first-time sponsors of the event, the Australian Government which was represented by the Australian deputy head of mission, Karinda D'Aloisio.

"We've had strong support in our past two festivals and we're happy to have put a gap here and then bringing it back.

"I think what we really expect is that we do a great job here this year and the government will have confidence to get behind us.

"Having said that, we have had a small grant from the government to help us with our import tax."

Mr Te Kahika said getting the support of overseas countries was an exciting aspect of spreading the blues and jazz gospel in Pacific Island countries.

He said the festival had the support of the New Zealand, Australian, and French governments.

"I am very very grateful to local companies who have assisted us, without their support, we could not do much."

The festival, which had always been held at Port Denarau in Nadi, will for the first time have a show in Suva for jazz and blues fans.

The festival will be held on May 1 to May 4 at the Holiday Inn, O'Reily's Bar and the Royal Suva Yacht Club.

* The Fiji Times is a proud sponsor of the

International Jazz and Bluez Festival.