Kaleidoscope shines light on Joondalup City Centre 


The 2018 Kaleidoscope Festival saw over 115,000 people visit the Joondalup City Centre over four nights from 1-4 November.

Creative Director Drew Anthony was back for a second consecutive year and curated the work of 89 dynamic artists from WA, interstate and overseas to showcase their light installations, illuminations, projections, art and live performances over an unforgettable four nights.

This year’s festival footprint extended from the Joondalup Library and Administration Building to Central Park, Central Walk and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, providing a more comfortable event space for the big crowds.

Central Park was transformed into Armistice Park in celebration of the Centenary of the Armistice, which brought WW1 to an end in 1918.

After entering the park through the 1.2m high ‘Armistice Park’ lettering, visitors were immediately immersed in the stunning ‘The Sunflowers’ installation around which thousands of poppies could be found.

Visitors were invited to take a single poppy and place it on the ‘Poppy Wall’, which was completed progressively during the festival and will be reinstalled in Central Park for the City’s Remembrance Day service on Sunday, November 11.

New additions to the 2018 program line up included Joondalup – A Pictorial History, Bedtime Stories – presented by Channel 7, Joyeux Noel – powered by Synergy, 1000 Cranes – presented by Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, Intrude (featuring gigantic illuminated bunnies) and My Happy Place.

Renowned as a dog-friendly City, it was fitting that Joondalup also played host to a Neon Dog Park, which allowed visitors to interact with the installation and capture unique photos with the neon dogs.

Before the lights went on each night, there was plenty to see and do with more than 60 food trucks on site and live entertainment from the likes of Paint Storm, The Rumble Bumble and The Bad Piper.

The Beatles-themed KBar – complete with stunning wall mural – was also a hit, featuring a projection and playlist of some of fab-four’s most loved classics.

“Events such as Kaleidoscope shine a light on Joondalup as a Destination City and for four magical nights Joondalup was again the entertainment capital of Perth,” Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said.

“Kaleidoscope has been a resounding success for the City of Joondalup over the past three years and has played a key role in driving positive economic outcomes for the local business economy, creating vibrancy in the City Centre and providing outstanding entertainment for residents and visitors alike.”