JUMP START: Valerie Prentice is looking forward to contributing to the Jumpers and Jazz committee.
JUMP START: Valerie Prentice is looking forward to contributing to the Jumpers and Jazz committee. Sean Teuma

Valerie jumping for joy with fresh gig

YOU may know her as one of the smiling faces at the Criterion, but now she is taking on a new role.

Valerie Prentice is one of the new committee members of the Jumpers and Jazz panel, answering the call after the popular July festival was left searching for volunteers.

"I heard there was no chairman so I put my hand up,” she said.

"It was a close result which Dan (Noble) won, and he is the right man for the chair.

"So I put my name down for the committee, and am really excited for this year's festival.

"During my years overseas I attended many festivals, so I hope I can bring a different perspective and different energy.”

Recognising what she considered as a vital part of life in Warwick, Valerie said she didn't want to sit on the sidelines.

"If you want to be part of the community, you have to get involved. You can't just sit there,” she said.

Valerie got her first taste of the festival a couple of years ago, and she said the ambience of the event has captivated her ever since.

"It was such a great community spirit at the festival,” she said.

"Everybody was dressing up trees, it was a good vibe and there was always something happening.

"There's such a strong artistic base in Warwick, with a high percentage for a small community.”

Warwick's quirkiest festival received a big shot in the arm with the announcement of the latest recipients of Regional Arts Development Fund grant recipients.

Jumpers and Jazz was given a grant of $21,560 to engage jazz musicians for the 2018 festival, conduct workshops, and help coordinate the jazz program.



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