Festival proves a big hit

WALKING down Palmerin Street yesterday, you could see the great community spirit among schools, businesses and individuals doing their best to make this year's Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival a big hit.

The sound of unique African drum beats at the Warwick Art Gallery had everyone swaying to their haunting rhythms.

African drummer Joseph Matovu loved being a part of the quirky winter festival.

“It is a good multicultural festival - this is bringing different faces of the world to Warwick,” Mr Matovu said.

“The drum beat brings joy in a person from the inside - it touches the heart.

“It releases stress and raises self-esteem. It teaches you to dance with joy without looking at the outside world and focus within.”

He said it was a fun day at the African Music, Dance and Culture workshop.

“People are learning the rhythms from Uganda called 'Kidigidda',” Mr Matovu said.

“We are playing both African and western music using the drum.”

Workshop participant Jan Tunstall said the drumming helped to relieve stress.

“It's good for carers, even 10 minutes of this will get you moving,” Ms Tunstall said.

“As soon as you hear the drumming you want to move... it's a natural thing.

“You don't think of anything else.”

The spirit of the unique festival touched everyone in town including the staff members at the Warwick Post Office.

To get in the mood of the winter festival, all the staff members wore creative beanies to work.

Warwick Post Office employee Vicki Tucker was impressed with this year's tree jumpers.

“We wanted to make our customers laugh and smile - we thought it was something nice to do,” Ms Tucker said.

“We are so proud of our town for doing it; it was surprising to see how many of our visiting customers asked us about it.

“This is the first time we decided to wear bizarre and creative beanies.”

Warwick resident Gloria Brady said there was real talent among people in Warwick.

“This festival is absolutely tremendous,” Mrs Brady said.

“You can see the wonderful community spirit and the tourists have been complimentary of the event.

“There is some tremendous effort among people in decorating the trees.”

Tree decorator and Warwick Ladies Golf member Patricia Eastwell said the cold and wet weather had not dampened anyone's spirits.

“We all worked together and enjoyed doing every bit for the community spirit,” she said.

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