Jumpers, Jazz in award contention

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine
Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine Erin Smith

THE Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival has topped off its most successful year yet, with a nomination in the prestigious Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

Warwick's quirky celebration is in the running for the Safeguard Events and Tourism Award, which recognises the hardworking people of remote and regional areas of the state.

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said this year's festival had been dubbed the "best ever", but readily added that it was the intention of organisers to top that every year.

"After years of hard work, it is really heartening to feel that the festival is being recognised for its contribution to the community," she said.

"The Jumpers and Jazz in July festival has been building each year with significant growth in the past two years, which would not have been possible without the hard yards the organising team did in the early years.

"I am so proud of the work the current team has accomplished and acknowledge our past successes."

Ms Devine said it was gratifying that others realised what a wonderful event the winter festival had blossomed into.

"This nomination just consolidates what we already know - Jumpers and Jazz in July is a festival that engages and is loved by the community," she said.

Since establishment in 2004, Jumpers and Jazz has grown each year and in 2013 alone was estimated to have injected over $2 million into the local economy.

The event has grown to a 10-day festival and now boasts more than 120 tree artworks, 80-plus events, more than 20 textile art exhibitions, markets, a vintage car rally, workshops and live jazz performances.

Visitors travel from all over the country to admire the creations in the form of "tree jumpers" and soak up the buzzing atmosphere of July's end.

The festival prides itself on its community support and the recognition and stimulus it gives to local community groups.

If the festival manages to claim the Safeguard Events and Tourism Award, organisers will be $2500 better off, courtesy of the Commonwealth Bank.

Winners will be announced at a gala presentation to be held at the Toowoomba Show Grounds on November 9.



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