2016 Joondalup Festival
“Oh, The Places You'll Go!” – Dr Seuss
The 18th Joondalup Festival, held across the weekend of Saturday March 19 and Sunday March 20, again demonstrated why it was named the Australian Event Awards - Best Community Event (WA) for the past two years, attracting a crowd of more than 40,000 people to the Joondalup City Centre.
With a theme of ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ and three brand new performance venues in 2016, tens of thousands of festival-goers enjoyed two days of spectacular free family-friendly fun.
All festival-goers, regardless of age, were encouraged to use their imaginations and creativity as they immersed themselves in a “colourful upside down world.”
Joondalup’s fourth Twilight Lantern Parade saw more than 1,400 people display their colourful creations through the City Centre.
The Community Choral Project also returned for a fourth consecutive year with a record number of participants filling the Commonwealth Cube with the sound of the Beatles to thunderous applause from friends, relatives and community residents.
There was an Australian debut performance from Di Filippo Marionette, an international marionette company that brought their acclaimed Hanging by a Thread puppetry show to this country for the first time. Fresh from winning a major award at the 2016 Perth FRINGE Festival, there were rave reviews for contemporary dance It’s Getting Awkward.
The 2016 Joondalup Festival was made possible by Premier Partner Commonwealth Bank, Media Partners: Community Newspaper Group, Channel 9, Nova 937, Key Partners: Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, The Good Guys, Goodstart Early Learning and partners Healthway - promoting the Make Smoking History message and Lotterywest.