Changes to City’s Cultural Events Program

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The City of Joondalup has announced changes to the City’s annual cultural events program following the recent adoption of its Budget for the 2020/21 financial year.

In order to achieve real reductions to general rates revenue, and with the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacting the City’s revenue streams, the City has been forced to undertake more robust budgeting and minimise some discretionary spending.

This has resulted in the cancellation of  Urban Couture and the Spring and Twilight Market series, along with a reduced program for the 2021 Joondalup Festival.

Other events on the City’s popular events program including the Little Feet Festival, Music in the Park, Valentines Concert, Community Art Exhibition and Invitation Art Prize will take place in 2020/21, subject to further Department of Health advice regarding large-scale events and gatherings.

The Joondalup Festival will return over the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March 2021, and it will feature a distinctly local flavour with emphasis on employing artists who are based in Western Australia.

The Festival remains free of charge however the City will look to implement measures to ensure a COVID-safe event including patrons registering for tickets at some events in order to control crowd numbers and recording details for contact tracing.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City was committed to ensuring the vast majority of its much-loved events were retained despite the current financial challenges.

“We are especially pleased to deliver the Joondalup Festival in 2021, which will help to bring some much-needed fun, joy and community connection,” Mayor Jacob said.

“We are uncertain as to when the strict border controls for Western Australia will be lifted, which will hamper efforts to being national and international performers, but that also presents a wonderful opportunity for local artists and performers to display their talents.

“There will also be many of the festivities that attendees have come to expect over the years at the Festival, including show rides, pop-up venues and bars, street performers, children’s activities and much more.

“In the coming weeks we also look forward to providing more information about the remainder of our exciting summer events program.

“The COVID-19 issue heightened the challenge of framing the City’s Budget in 2020/21, and it is sad that we have had to discontinue two of our events in Urban Couture and the Spring and Twilight Market series.

“Our Cultural Services team will work with some of those impacted by the cancellations to explore other opportunities for them to showcase their work at other events within the City of Joondalup and in the wider community.”

The City continues to support artists, designers and creative business entrepreneurs through the Arts in focus program, a series of workshops, discussions and seminars for local creatives.

For further information on what opportunities are available, register for the monthly e-newsletter.

Local food businesses seeking opportunities to trade at City events can complete an Expression of Interest form at the City’s website.