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Creativity Shines Bright at 2017 Joondalup Festival
10/03/2017 3:24:15 PM
A large scale installation simply called CLOUD, which lights up with thousands of incandescent light bulbs and is coming to Australia for the very first time, will be one of the major attractions at this year’s Joondalup Festival.
The theme for the 19th annual festival, ‘Perform, Create, Imagine’, encourages audiences to dive deep into their imaginations and inhabit their inner artist.
For the first time ever the Festival will be staged over three nights - Friday 31 March (5.30pm-9pm - preview), Saturday 1 April (2pm-10pm) and Sunday 2 April (2pm-8pm).
CLOUD comes to Perth all the way from Canada and is sure to draw a huge crowd.
The interactive sculpture is created from 6,000 light bulbs and it’s up to participants to illuminate the cloud, pulling on chains that light up different parts of it, which inspires togetherness and collaboration. It will hold court at Central Park across the Festival weekend.
Visitors can again look forward to a stunning Twilight Lantern Parade with as many as 1600 people expected to showcase their lantern creations on Saturday 1 April at 6.30pm.
Participants have been encouraged to put their head in the clouds and use their imaginations to create cloud-like lanterns or lanterns that depict creatures from their dreams.
Another performance not to miss is String Symphony, which has been commissioned by the City for this year’s Festival and will premiere on Friday 31 March.
In partnership with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, String Symphony features a large-scale marionette puppet named Leor. Leor (‘I have light’ in Hebrew) is a hand-woven five-metre high 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.
Leon Hendroff, the designer and puppet maker, said he was looking forward to unveiling 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.
Other international offerings include acrobatics and death-defying acrobats by ManoAmano Circo (Argentina) and a comedy performance from the Spurting Man and his undervalued butler by Avanti (United Kingdom).
The Festival weekend comes to a close with a spectacular Sunday evening concert, uniting the Joondalup Community Choral Project with musical director Jangoo Chapkhana for their finale performance of Fiesta! This work has received funding support from the Community Arts Networks of Western Australia and Department of Culture and the Arts, and this year will feature visual projections by artist Roly Skender.
Afterwards the fun continues with the beats of Japanese drumming group Taiko On and a light and fire show by Zap Circus, leading into the finale fireworks.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the Joondalup Festival attracted tens of thousands of people to Joondalup – the cultural and civic capital of Perth’s northern metropolitan region – each year.
“The Joondalup Festival is at its heart a community event which inspires creativity,” he said.
“This year’s Festival will highlight that there are many ways to participate in the arts. Whether you’re an audience member, a performer or a creator, the only limits really are your imagination.
“Like the northern corridor itself, the region’s biggest cultural happening event continues to grow and as such it was decided to expand to three nights in 2017 to give residents and visitors more opportunity to experience what it has to offer.”
The 2017 Joondalup Festival is 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 and partner Lotterywest.
The Joondalup Festival is a free event for all ages.