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City in the Media
Festival Fever Reaches Epic Proportions
9/02/2017 8:16:15 AM
The Joondalup Festival is back in 2017 for its 19th year. And it’s back with yet another world premiere.
For the first time ever the festival will be staged over three nights (Friday 31 March, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April) and while there have been many extraordinary sights over the years, 2017 might just set a new standard when a giant illuminated puppet comes to life across the festival site.
‘Leor’ (‘I have light’ in Hebrew) is a hand-woven giant puppet, incorporating one-kilometre of woven rope and 600 LED lights. Festival-goers will be able to animate the puppet by pulling on its great suspension strings.
Created by Australia’s renowned puppetry company, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, String Symphony is described as a unique, shared, multi-sensory experience for people of all ages.
Leon Hendroff, the designer and puppet maker, said he was looking forward to being able to unveil his labour of love to tens of thousands of festival-goers.
“This extraordinary installation explores concepts of connection, community and collaboration and is particularly spectacular when viewed at night,” he said.
“After four years of planning and development I am very excited to share Leor with all those in attendance at the 2017 Joondalup Festival.
“There is something very special about an inanimate object being brought to life. Up to 12 people at a time can help animate Leor, so there is a real sense of physical and emotional conversation going on.”
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said String Symphony was typical of the unique attractions that festival-goers could expect to see in 2017.
“Over almost two decades the City has worked hard to position the Joondalup Festival as a multi-arts cultural event that attracts local, national and international performers, expanding its reach and relevancy,” he said.
“Like the northern corridor itself, the Joondalup Festival continues to grow and as such it was decided to expand the festival to three nights to give more people a chance to attend what is the ‘must-see’ cultural event of the summer.”
String Symphony, featuring Leor, can be viewed on Friday 31 March, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April, 2017 in Central Park, Grand Boulevard, Joondalup.
The Joondalup Festival is a free event for all ages.