FESTI-FULL: Jumpers and Jazz advisory team chairman Rob Hamilton and committee member Karina Devine are excited about the release of the festival program.
FESTI-FULL: Jumpers and Jazz advisory team chairman Rob Hamilton and committee member Karina Devine are excited about the release of the festival program. Jayden Brown

Exciting program sewn for Jumpers and Jazz

IF THERE was any doubt about the future of Jumpers and Jazz, this year's event-packed program will sew it all away.

With 160 events over the 10-day festival, it's shaping up to be one of the best yet.

Now just two months away, preparations for the festival are in full swing.

The festival program has been released online, with hard copies to be unveiled today at the Visitor Information Centre.

All of the festival's main events are returning, including the Stroll 'n' Swing, Picnic in the Park, the Winter Dinner and the Killarney Bonfire Night.

Jumpers and Jazz advisory team chairman Rob Hamilton said this year's festival had plenty of new experiences.

"The classic events will continue to grow and develop," he said.

"From my perspective the highlight is the dinner in the town hall - we have the Con Artists, an 18-piece jazz ensemble performing."

A new addition to the music this year will be Jazz Jam.

Jazz Jam is a random jazz gig at the Criterion Hotel on weekday afternoons from 5.30pm.

The popular Jazz Lounger outside the Town Hall is also returning,.

The festival will also have plenty to offer art lovers.

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said there were four big art events for Jumpers and Jazz this year.

"We've got the Colour of the Country III from the Alice Springs Beanie Festival Tour in the main gallery," she said.

"We have the 50 years of Flower Power exhibition in the foyer.

"We've also just received a grant for award winning sculptor Alison McDonald to create a sculpture for Jumpers and Jazz."

The team behind the Knitchen are also returning for Yarntopia, which will be displayed at the Warwick Town Hall.

For those hoping to create a tree jumper, there are still 11 trees available.

"Our art program has really expanded this year, with heaps of great arty stuff for people to do," Ms Devine said.

"It gives people something to do mid-week when there are less dinner and night events."

This year's Jumpers and Jazz program includes a bookmark that has the daily events on it, as well as a fold out map.

The Jumpers and Jazz program is available at www.jumpersandjazz.com or by gold coin donation at the Visitor Information Centre.



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