Jumpers and Jazz in July

When I was around 13 I was walking down the main street with my sister when we noticed the trees were wrapped in wool, crochet and knitting. We had no idea why and it would take several days until we solved the puzzle and then a few years more to understand.

Random assortment of dolls, scarves and music notes hanging from a tree for Jumpers and Jazz in July. Jumpers and Jazz in July is a winter festival held in Warwick. Photo by Peter Hackney,
Photo: Peter Hackney

Our town had created a festival where we would dress the trees up in jumpers and yarn bomb everything from handrails to bicycles to ponies. Oh and TJ Byrnes’ statue opposite the post office would have a beanie and scarf added.

TJ Byrnes Monument in his seasonal scarf and beanie. Photo: Warwick Art Gallery. TJ Byrnes has scarf and beanie added for Jumpers and Jazz festival.
TJ Byrnes Monument in his seasonal scarf and beanie. Photo: Warwick Art Gallery

Jumpers and Jazz in July has evolved from a somewhat strange concept to a fully thriving festival that brings muscians, artists and artisans to our country town. What I love even more is watching our local businesses pull out all the stops as the spotlight is shone upon them. There will be jazz playing down the main street, the cafes will be filled with artists drinking coffee and the trees will be wearing their own unique woollen creations.

The town will be flooded with tourists coming to investigate the eccentric but lively festival. The program is yet to be released for this year’s festival but there will be a laneway party, suitcase rummage, dancing and lots and lots of food and local wine.

Winter Holidays at Jumpers and Jazz in July winter festival. Volkswagon van and caravan covered in crocheted squares.  Owners posing in front of van.
‘Winter Holidays’ at Jumpers and Jazz in July
Jumpers and Jazz in July display at the Warwick Art Gallery. Display is of a yarn bombed, crocheted caravan/cart and a brown tree on top of crocheted grass. Cmapfire and seats and a classic lawnmower against a crocheted backdrop.
Jumpers and Jazz in July display at the Warwick Art Gallery

In the spirit of the festival I will be hosting bird watching workshops and leading nature walks and hikes for attendees. Dates to be announced!

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