While the first signs of spring started to show, the Warwick community is still talking about winter and the success of this year’s Jumpers and Jazz in July festival that wrapped up on the last day of July. The 2016 event attracted huge crowds on both weekends with record breaking attendance at several individual events.
This year’s festival delivered an outstanding jazz lineup including the roving New Orleans Band from the Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane who delighted young and old as they grooved up and down the street. Visitors commended the festival on continuing to provide quality live jazz at public locations throughout the ten days of the festival.
One of the most popular “yarnbombed” projects was Yarntopia created outside Warwick Town Hall showcasing ten months of planning and creation by the Warwick Art Gallery yarn bombing team. It is hard to believe but the enthusiastic team has already started to plan for their next project in 2017.
What really makes Jumpers and Jazz special though are the decorated trees that line the streets in the centre of town. The handmade “tree jumpers” created by artists from near and far provided a wonderful opportunity to stroll up and down the street indulging in a spot of shopping or café dining along the way.
The Diggers Garden Group, who were awarded the prize for the best Bohemian themed tree jumper, recently voted to donate their prize winnings back to the Jumpers and Jazz in July festival.
At a special morning tea, attended by the club’s tree jumper committee, club president Glennis Rodeck presented the cheque for $500 to Warwick Art Gallery Director and Jumpers and Jazz in July Committee Chairperson Karina Devine.
“This is just another example of the wonderful success of the 2016 festival due on the most part to the increased support of the festival by the community,” said Karina, “This was a remarkable year with a significant increase in community contributions and participation in the planning and delivery. The festival committee is delighted and grateful to accept this donation from the Diggers Garden Group.”
Planning will commence in the next few months on the 2017 event with the Committee meeting regularly to establish Jumpers and Jazz in July as an independent not-for-profit association.