Mu­sic and art unite at JazzFest


Over 50 mu­sic acts at 20 dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, as well as live arts and crafts will keep Queen­stown au­di­ences happy dur­ing the JazzFest.

Free per­for­mances for the com­mu­nity will be hosted dur­ing Labour week­end at Vil­lage Green, Earnslaw Park on Satur­day, with fi­nal per­for­mances in Ar­row­town on Sun­day.

Queen­stown JazzFest Trust spokesman Luke Bal­dock said the open­ing day would cel­e­brate the artists who would ap­pear dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

The Jazz fes­ti­val is not only about mu­si­cians show­cas­ing their work, but painters, weavers and other artists as well.

Bal­dock said two artists, Sofia Min­son and Richard Adams, will be paint­ing as the jazz mu­sic flowed.

‘‘It would be in­flu­enced by the per­for­mance of mu­sic,’’ he said.

At Earnslaw Park on Satur­day there will be a flax weaver, a carver and a kapa haka group, which will open the sec­ond day of the fes­ti­val at 11am.

In­ver­cargill weaver Cheere Downes learned how to weave over 20 years ago, us­ing tra­di­tional tech­niques and con­tem­po­rary art el­e­ments to it.

In her art Downes uses flax and flax fi­bre, com­bin­ing them with re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

Mu­sic and art per­for­mances will run un­til 4pm, with arts and crafts mar­kets on the side too.

‘‘The fo­cus of the com­mu­nity stage is just to bring peo­ple to­gether to en­joy and par­tic­i­pate in the per­for­mance.’’

The Wakatipu High School jazz band and mu­sos from a New South Wales col­lege will per­form for the Queen­stown crowd.

The two school bands will also par­tic­i­pate in a work­shop on Sun­day, which will be held at the Queen­stown Memo­rial Cen­tre.

Sun­day will also wrap up the fes­ti­val in Ar­row­town, where mu­sic lovers can hang out in the park en­joy­ing the mu­sic un­til 4pm.

‘‘It should be a pretty lively af­ter­noon of live mu­sic,’’ Bal­dock said.

‘‘Ar­row­town was abuzz with mu­sic last year.’’

Some of the main acts of the fes­ti­val are Kiwi jazz heavy­weights Phil Broad­hurst, sax­o­phon­ist Nathan Haines and vi­o­lin­ist Luca Ciarla.

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