Joondalup Festival

Joondalup Festival 2022

It was promised that the show would go on and go on it did!

The Joondalup Festival’s three-week program recently wound up, farewelling the City’s 2022 celebration of culture and community on the coast at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

After COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the Joondalup Festival in 2020 and 2021, the City was looking forward to bringing the much-loved event back in 2022.

However, the WA Government’s announcement of upgraded Level 2 public health and social measures throughout March resulted in significant changes to the Festival program.

But while some eagerly-anticipated events were postponed or cancelled, including Music in the Park, Wundabaa Gaay-Galgaa (Ghost Stories), A Gala Evening with West Australian Ballet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, many other Festival events went ahead as scheduled.

The Festival Hub at Hillarys Boat Harbour attracted thousands of visitors each day as the crowds flocked to visit ENESS’ installations Lost Dogs’ Disco and I Believe Swings, as well as local artist Sean Adamas’ stunning public artwork hART – My Neighbourhood.

A total of 49,000 people attended the Festival over the three-week period, and some 260 artists across more than 40 Festival events revealed countless moments of beauty, joy and provocation.

The planning for 2023 has already begun and the City hopes to present a full program to residents and visitors.

The 2022 Joondalup Festival was 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.

The hART – My Neighbourhood project was supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) Culture and the Arts (WA) and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery — 2021 to 2022 funding program.

Check out the Joondalup Festival website for the 2023 program to be launched later this year.