Joondalup Festival 2017
Joondalup Festival 2017
One of the biggest attendance turnouts ever, perfect weather and an outstanding line-up of local, national and international talent has ensured that the 2017 Joondalup Festival will be recognised as the most successful in the event’s 19-year history.
More than 55,000 people visited the Joondalup City Centre on Friday 31 March, Saturday April 1 and Sunday April 2 for the region’s biggest cultural happening.
This theme of the festival, which for the first time was staged over three days, was ‘Perform, Create, Imagine’ with audiences encouraged to dive deep into their imaginations and inhabit their inner artist.
The Friday night preview proved a resounding success with audiences showing their support by turning up to Central Park (south) in huge numbers to get their first look at the interactive artwork CLOUD and the world premiere of a five-metre large scale puppet called Leor. Both works held court for the duration of the festival and truly came to life when the lights went down.
The Twilight Lantern Parade was the biggest ever in festival history with more than 1,800 students and community members parading their colourful lanterns through the city centre in a sea of colour and light – much to the delight of spectators positioned along the new parade route.
Acrobats, jugglers, vaudeville acts, comedians and circus performers entertained audiences across the festival site as well as in the showcase venues – The Parlour, The Kid’s Canopy and Ukiyo, the Floating World.
The Cloudmen, walking works of art inspired by the popular Belgian surrealist, Rene Magritte, roamed the festival site and stopped for countless selfies with festival-goers, while international performers Avanti Spurting Man (UK) and ManoAmano Circo (Argentina) drew huge crowds, showing just why they are ‘go-to’ acts for festival organisers across the globe.
Festival-goers were guided through the site by a series of illuminated Clusters, which also provided a unique backdrop for the Cluster to Cluster Urban Couture runway show and the Garden Bar in Central Park (south) proved the ideal spot to unwind, grab a drink or a bite to eat and listen to some great tunes.
The festival came to a close with a spectacular Sunday evening concert which united the Joondalup Community Choral Project with musical director Jangoo Chapkhana for their finale performance of Fiesta!
The fun continued with the beats of Japanese drumming group Taiko On and a light and fire show by Zap Circus, which led into the finale fireworks.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said early feedback from festival-goers was very positive with the local community enjoying a mix of world-class entertainment and free family-friendly entertainment.
“Audiences were truly blown away by this year’s program line-up, particularly the likes of CLOUD and Leor which brought a truly global feel to this year’s festival,” he said.
“The City has worked hard to position the Joondalup Festival as a multi-arts cultural event, attracting local, national and international performers and giving festival-goers Australian-first and world-first cultural experiences.
“Once again, people from all over the Perth metropolitan area have converged upon Joondalup to experience what this dynamic festival has to offer.
“Like our City itself, the Joondalup Festival has grown and matured and I cannot wait to see what is in store for our 20th Anniversary in 2018.”
Joondalup Festival 2017 was made possible by Premier Partner Commonwealth Bank, Media Partners Community Newspaper Group and NOVA 937, Key Partners The Good Guys, Goodstart Early Learning and Art House, Print Partner Optima Press and partner Lotterywest.