Festival reaches new heights in 2019


The Joondalup Festival soared to new heights in 2019 thanks in no small part to its theme: Explore the Galaxy.

More than 60 thousand attended the FREE family friendly festival, which was held in the Joondalup City Centre from Friday 5 April -Sunday 7 April.

The stars of the show were undoubtedly the festival centre pieces, Museum of the Moon and Gaia, which came courtesy of acclaimed UK artist Luke Jerram. Seven metres in diameter apiece, the artworks certainly captured the imagination of festival-goers, young and old.

Museum of the Moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally-lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

Gaia – which in Greek mythology is the personification of the Earth – features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.

Josh Richards – one of 100 astronaut candidates short-listed for a one-way mission to Mars in 2031 had audiences mesmerised (and in stitches with laughter) with his stories about the challenges of life in space. It all depended on whether you went to the family-friendly or adults only show.

The 2019 Twilight Lantern Parade was again spectacular success with more than 1,500 participants, parading works of art inspired by this year’s theme, A Space Dream.

Continuing with theme, NEBULA – 77,000 acrylic crystals that spanned 50 metres across Central Park was a simply stunning addition to this year’s program – particularly after the sun went down.

The Perth Observatory and Binocentral presented Solar and Star Gazing, taking attendees on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere’s sky with a wide range of targets including the sun, nebulas, planets and enormous star clusters.

Giant snails Galileo and Celeste and Walks of Art roamed the event site and a giant inflatable spaceman had no shortage of visitors.

Festival-goers took in local, national and international performances including circus, music, comedy, children’s shows and live music. There was plenty of great food and drink options, and Channel 7’s Today Tonight even came along on the Friday night for a live-to-air outside broadcast.

The Community Choral project brought together more than 200 singers to deliver the greatest hits of music icons including Eric Clapton, The Beatles, The Monkees and Crowded House and the Festival Finale, set to the hypnotic sounds of David Bowie, brought the region’s biggest cultural event to a fitting conclusion.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob was happy to proclaim this year’s festival as the best in its 21-year history.

“What a great celebration we have had; a fitting way to mark the City’s 21st birthday,” he said.

“The Joondalup Festival, like the City itself, has matured into the northern corridor’s largest annual arts and cultural community event and I am already looking forward to seeing how we can top this year’s festival. It won’t be an easy task”

Joondalup Festival is proudly supported by Premier Partner Commonwealth Bank, Print Partner Optima Press and Media Partners Joondalup-Wanneroo Times/Weekender, Nova 937, The West Australian and Channel 7 Perth and Support Partner LotteryWest.