Joondalup Festival to celebrate City’s 20-year journey

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31 January 2018

The City of Joondalup’s journey so far will be celebrated at the 2018 Joondalup Festival when it returns to the Joondalup City Centre next month (Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March).

This year’s festival theme Perform Create Reflect celebrates the proud history of the City of Joondalup which will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 1 July 2018.

The festival site will feature seven interactive hubs along Central Walk, telling the Joondalup story through historical photos, hands-on activities and a commemorative trail brochure.

Have you got a story about Joondalup you’d like to tell? If so, Central Walk will also house an oral history caravan where those with a connection to our City can bring the past to life by recording their own oral history of the City and region.

For the second consecutive year the festival will be held over three nights and will again provide access to a range of world-class cultural and artistic events.

On opening night, festival-goers can catch Time Minders (Sydney) as they rove Central Park or enjoy the opening performance of the Community Choral Project. This year’s choir, backed by a professional five-piece band, will perform the music of iconic rock band Queen – again under the musical direction of Jangoo Chapkhana.

There will be plenty of food truck options and acoustic musicians to keep the crowd otherwise entertained.

International offerings at this year’s festival include the incredible hand-to-hand acrobatics of Kate and Pasi (Finland) and the hilarious four-man circus performers Quatuor Stomp (Quebec, Canada) while a colourful and captivating ephemeral installation by Emmy Award Winner Eric Rieger – aka HOT TEA (USA) – is not to be missed.

Best known for using miles of multi-coloured strands of yarn to create rainbow-like installations in public spaces, Rieger’s installations evoke feelings of happiness and awe. Be sure to meet the City’s artist-in-residence and help create the Joondalup commission.

Make your way through the festival site and be sure to check out a show at the Parlour, Kazador (Class Clown heats on Saturday, 2pm) and Kid’s Canopy venues. Children 6-12 can also undertake the Into the Jungle audio experience.

The annual Twilight Lantern Parade returns on the Saturday evening with more participants than ever. This year’s theme is The Water Story – a magical story of reflection and sustainability based on Lake Joondalup.

The City has commissioned local cultural leader Dennis Simmons to deliver a world premiere Aboriginal cultural experience for all the senses, which is proudly supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The ritual will be delivered each night as the sun sets and will culminate in an exciting and climatic festival finale on the Sunday evening that incorporates projections, dance, music, pyrotechnics and audience.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said like the City itself, the Joondalup Festival had matured over the past two decades.

“This year’s festival program is particularly exciting as it encourages festival-goers – thousands of whom come from outside the region to attend three days of free family-friendly experiences and engaging cultural activities –  to learn more about Joondalup’s unique story, reflecting on where our City has come from and where we are headed next,” he said.

“We are proud of our City and equally proud of our festival and we look forward to welcoming locals and visitors to our City alike for what is recognised as the region’s largest and best cultural event.”

The Joondalup Festival is proudly supported by Premier Partner – Commonwealth Bank, Key Partner – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Parade Partner – Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, Media Partners – Joondalup Weekender, NOVA937, Channel 7 and the West Australian Newspaper, Print Partner – Optima Press and Funding Partner – Lotterywest

Get your festival program online at joondalup.wa.gov.au

The 2018 Joondalup Festival

Friday 23 March, 5.00pm – 9.00pm 

Saturday 24 March, 2.00pm – 10.00pm

Sunday 25 March, 2.00pm – 8.00pm

For further information please call 9400 4000.