A 'WOOLLY' GOOD TIME: Sally Edwards is excited to present the Jumpers and Jazz in July program.
A 'WOOLLY' GOOD TIME: Sally Edwards is excited to present the Jumpers and Jazz in July program. Bianca Hrovat

New events the star of Jumper and Jazz's big launch

START practising your jazz hands because the 16th Jumpers and Jazz in July program is here and it's a real pearler.

The much-loved annual event stitches together communities from across the Southern Downs in what has been described as one of the quirkiest festivals in Australia.

Visitors and residents can expect to find a number of new events among the yarn-bombed streets this year as organisers create experiences to suit every taste and budget.

Jumpers and Jazz president Sally Edwards said the festival should appeal to a broader demographic this year.

"We're making something for everyone,” she said.

"We see this as an event for the whole community.”

The expensive opening sit-down dinner was scrapped in favour of a Jumping Jazz Laneway Party on Friday, July 19 from 6-9pm.

Dancers and musicians will swing into Warwick Town Hall to mark the start of the festival while food and drink stands cater to crowds outside.

"It's more approachable so people can enjoy the jazz and move around,” Ms Edwards said.

Leslie Park will light up from 4pm on Saturday, July 27, with another new addition, Twilight Jazz in the Park.

Ticket holders will sample a smorgasbord of local wine, coffee and fresh food as they stroll through the park to the tune of Robyn Brown's Down by the Riverside showcase.

The unique performer discusses the origins of jazz and sings through the progression of the genre to create an educational experience.

"The combination of speech and performance is very new to us,” Ms Connor said.

In case that wasn't enough jazz, you can break out your freshly knitted legwarmers and channel your inner Jane Fonda at the Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre's Jazzercise class on Wednesday, July 24 at 5.30pm.

Over 100 events will occur across the 10-day program, with more soon to be announced, and locations have been extended to include Swan Creek, Freestone and Allora.

"We'd like to encourage people to try something new and to support the small community halls and small businesses,” Ms Connor said.

"Though I have no idea how on earth you will choose which ones to attend.”

To buy tickets, get involved or see the program in full, visit www.jumpersandjazz.com.au.



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