Big demand for festival trees

WHILE some knit winter woollies for their friends and family, there is a big chunk of us who also find that soft spot in our hearts to also knit for the flora of our region.

The countdown is on until the ninth annual Jumpers & Jazz festival smothers the streets of Warwick, bringing colour and art to the community.

Art director of the event Karina Devine said she was expecting another impressive turn out this year, and only a few trees remained available to book.

"This year we have about 104 trees that will be decorated, but we're desperately looking for more trees because we're going to run out very quickly," Ms Devine said.

"We have about seven trees available in the main St (Palmerin St) plus a few palm trees still available, and about the same in Grafton and Fitzroy St."

This year's theme of spice is set to bring out the artistic streaks within all who participate and Ms Devine said she was excited to see what people came up with.

"It's always different so I'm really interested to see what people do with it this year," she said.

The 10-day event from July 19 to 29, is a time for locals to reflect on the beauty of our town and appreciate the happiness art can bring to a community.

Ms Devine, who is also the director of the Warwick Art Gallery, said she enjoyed sharing her passion with the wider community.

"For me at the gallery, it's so wonderful to be able to have a project that takes art out to the masses and bring people outside in winter and not hide inside," Ms Devine said.

"It all started because there was some street scaping happening in the street a few years ago and it was affecting businesses so this was a way we could enjoy the streets again."

From all areas of the globe, keen artists will flock to the Rose City to pimp their tree, and help celebrate Warwick's beautiful climate.

For more information, phone the Warwick Art Galley on 4661 8588 or visit


To book a tree

  • There is no cost to hire a tree.
  • Visit the Warwick Art Gallery, next to the library, and fill out a registration form or pick one up in some local cafes around town and take it in to the gallery.

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