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Jumpers and Jazz in July 2013

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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
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Jazzy July Arts and Crafts in Historic Warwick
Jumpers, Jazz Warwick

"What could jumpers and jazz have in common?" you ask. Well in Warwick each year, locals and visitors come together for ten days to warm up the city streets with live jazz and yarn bombing.

The festival started in 2004, when local artists decided to warm up the cold winter streets with a colourful textile art project in the form of jumpers for the street light poles. The rest of the community so loved the project that it has evolved into a ten day creative arts festival incorporating creative crafts and jazz performances, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. Crafts take the form of knitting, crotchet, felting, weaving and more, applied in new and exciting forms, with projects even coming from overseas. Past projects include dressing the Town Hall and a VW and this year the light pole theme is "Mamma Mia".

Yarn Bombing
Dressed to Impress - Yarn Bombing Will Warm Up Trees and Light Poles

The festival provides a variety of ways to become involved in the event. There are many arts and crafts workshops going on, including Beginners Crochet, Creative Collage, Garden Trellis and Patchworking in Glass Mosaic to name a few. You can see a full list of classes here.

Arts and Crafts
Craft Classes Are On Offer

If you would prefer to take in the art work, rather than participate in the crafts yourself, there are guided tours on offer. Tours to view the Tree Jumper Exhibition are free, as are tours of Warwick's Historical Sites. There is also a wonderful tour of Abbey of the Roses which will cost $15.50 and includes a self-serve morning tea. For a full list and description of all of the tour times you can visit here.

Historic Warwick
Warwick's History Will Be On Show

While you are in town for the arts and crafts, there will also be a fantastic program of live jazz. Some of the artists included in the line-up are The Well Swung Daddies, Amy Michaels & the Good Time Girls, Phil Emmanuel, The Steve Henry Quartet and Up the River Jazz Band to name a few. There are thirty-two performances across the ten days and while some events are free, others require bookings and payment, so you should check the website for a full list.

Clever Musos and Comedians, Scat Will Perform at the Festival

New for this year, is the inclusion of "Like Chocolate for Women" a chocolatey afternoon with a chance to look after yourself with food for the soul. Women undertake many roles: best friend, daughter, sister, mother, wife, cook, manager and often forget to take time out for themselves. Participants are invited to join the guest presenter, World Record Holder and mother, Kim Morrison and jazz performer Victoria Luppi for an afternoon of fun and self-discovery with friends in the Warwick Town Hall on Sunday July 22 from 1.30 to 4.30pm. There are limited $20 tickets, so it would be best to register soon by calling the Warwick Visitor Centre on 0746619073.

With all of the activities on offer, it won't be long before you are hungry, so you will be happy to know that on Saturday 29 July you can take your picnic rug and enjoy Picnic in the Park in Leslie Park from 9am-3pm, where there will be wine and cheese tastings, craft markets and live jazz. Bring your own picnic basket and settle in for the day.

Warwick is just over two hours drive from Brisbane and you can drive through the picturesque Cunningham's Gap to get there. If you don't feel like making the trip there and back in a day, then perhaps you could stay overnight, or for the entire festival in one of the many accommodation options available in the area. You can see a full list on the website.

Jumpers and Jazz will offer a unique opportunity to enjoy great music and creative crafts combined with wonderful country hospitality. So rug up, run out and refresh in Warwick.
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Why? Arts and Crafts and Great Jazz in July
Phone: 07 4661 9073
Where: Warwick
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