Joondalup Festival program changes
Following the WA Government’s announcement of upgraded Level 2 public health and social measures to be introduced state-wide from 12.01am Thursday 3 March, the City of Joondalup has announced changes to the 2022 Joondalup Festival program.
The Funky Town Hits of the 70s, 80s & 90s disco event, to be held at the Bar1 nightclub on Saturday 2 April, has been cancelled due to the reduced capacity and requirement for seated service.
Music in the Park (Saturday 12 March), Bunuru Concert (Sunday 13 March), Wundabaa Gaay-Galgaa (Ghost Stories) (17-20 March), A Gala Evening with West Australian Ballet (18-19 March), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (25-26 March) and Future Moves (Sunday 27 March), and the Kids Corner at the Dining Hub, Westfield Whitford City (Saturdays 19, 26 March & 2 April) will all be postponed to a later date, which will be advised in due course.
There is still much to explore over the three weeks of programming with all other Festival events still taking place as scheduled.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City carefully assessed the impacts of Level 2 measures on Festival events, in particular the 2sqm rule and capacity limits for venues and events, before making the difficult decision to alter the programming.
“The disappointment that the pandemic has impacted the Festival yet again in 2022 is shared not just by the patrons who were looking forward to these events but also the team at the City who have worked so hard for many months to bring the Festival to our community,” Mayor Jacob said.
“The City had to assess the viability of holding events with restrictions on capacity, and based on the current measures likely to be in place throughout March it was determined we were unable to hold some events at this time.
“However, we do remain committed to holding these events at a later date and we will provide news on this as soon as we are able to.
“Our priority is the health and safety of our community, staff and contractors, and by making this decision now it means we can present the events to full audiences when public health directions allow.
“The silver lining is that many Festival events will go ahead as scheduled, and we are looking forward to delivering these in a COVID-safe manner.
“Hillarys Boat Harbour will remain abuzz with lots of immersive art installations, a family fun day with roving performers and a pop-up circus tent. So please join us, support your local businesses during this time by grabbing a bite to eat and drink, and see a show in The Gold Digger tent or visit the I Believe swings and Lost Dogs’ Disco.”
Ticket holders will be advised of refund details via email as well as when new dates are set for postponed events.
Visit joondalupfestival.com.au for more information on the revised event program. Please note the City will continue to monitor all relevant directions relating to COVID-19 and will follow the appropriate State Government health advice.
The 2022 Joondalup Festival is made possible by funding partner Lotterywest, venue partners Hillarys Boat Harbour and Westfield Whitford City, and media partners Channel Seven, The West Australian and Nova937.