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.
For more info on free and ticketed events during Queenstown Jazz Fest check queenstownjazzfest.co.nz.