What's all this jazz? - letter to SMH from Dale Barlow - 29 Jan 2013
For 22 years now the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival has hosted some of the finest international & local performers of our times and attracted jazz lovers from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Caledonia, NZ and much farther afield, who flock every year to Sydney to enjoy its delights (''Musicians on mute as harbour jazz show is axed'', Jan 28).
Although it is a free event, the amount of accommodation, food, beverages, transport and subsequent employment generated is much more cost effective than, say, the Olympics for the average Sydneysider. Most people attending would never otherwise have the opportunity to see such a wealth of talent on display.
It is a resounding indictment of Australia and Sydney that we can have such a short-sighted attitude towards something of major and lasting cultural significance. Our city will be all the poorer as a result of recklessly abandoning this festival, and Darling Harbour will go back to being a tacky shopping mall.
Dale Barlow - Petersham