Arts and Cultural Guide 2022-23

The City of Joondalup is proud to present the 2022-23 cultural program celebrating all the visual and performing arts activities on offer throughout this upcoming season.

The City’s cultural program provides an opportunity for the community to access world-class events, exhibitions, workshops and programs across every art form.

After two seasons of COVID-19 impacting programming and disrupting public event delivery, the 2022-23 season endeavours to represent a new chapter and return to adventurous artistic programming and hosting local, national and international artists in Joondalup. What underpins the artistic program is our intention to present work by our local community, produce performances and exhibitions for the community and co-design work with the community.


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To ensure we are delivering COVID Safe events, the City will take direction from the State Government on any restrictions that may be in effect at the time.




NAIDOC week will be held nationally from Sunday 3 July – Sunday 10 July 2022. The theme for 2022 is Get up! Stand Up! Show Up!

In support of NAIDOC week, the City will run a month long program of events from Friday 1 July – Sunday 31 July. Event and ticket information below.

Art Exhibition

1 – 31 July

City of Joondalup Indigenous Collection: New Acquisitions 2021/22

The City of Joondalup is delighted to exhibit its most recent acquisitions of Indigenous paintings




Reference Library

Joondalup Library lower level, Boas Avenue, Joondalup

Library Opening Hours:

Mon, Tues and Thurs: 9.00am – 7.00pm

Wed and Fri: 9.00am – 6.00pm

Sat: 9.30am – 4.00pm

Sun: 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Free, no registration required.

In Conversation with Christopher Pease

Saturday 2 July

Engage in conversation with leading Noongar-Minang artist Christopher Pease. This is an opportunity to delve into the creative mind that is producing some of the most relevant and exciting work to date.  Chris will be talking about the Noongar stories and historical contexts behind his latest works, including the inspiration and intention behind, Doondalup, commissioned by the City of Joondalup in 2021.

Reference Library

Joondalup Library lower level, Boas Avenue, Joondalup

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Free, register online.



BILYA KAATIJIN Presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Saturday 2 July

Bilya Kaatijin (which means “Fresh Water Knowledge” in Noongar) is the fourth and final story in Yirra Yaakin’s Kaatijin series.

Connecting stories from Noongar land (south-west Western Australia) to Wonguktha land (the northern Goldfields), Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Kikuyu people of Kenya, Bilya Kaatijinteaches us about the importance of water to First Nations people around the world.

Journeying through global Dreaming stories the show teaches its audiences about the importance of accepting others, the power of empathy and the impact of climate change to the land and the Noongar seasons.

This production continues Yirra Yaakin’s involvement in connecting young people & families with important cultural knowledge and stories about our region.

Redmond Theatre,

Prendiville Performing Arts Centre, Ocean Reef

10.00am and 12.00pm

Duration: 45 minutes approximately

Ages: All Ages (suitable for family audiences aged 4+)

Free, register online.






Official Opening Event

Monday 4 July

Get up! Stand up! Show Up!

Join the City of Joondalup for a cultural immersion experience to celebrate NAIDOC week 2022, led by Sharon Wood-Kenney of South West Kinships.

Following the activities and smoking ceremony on the lawn area by the Joondalup Library, all are invited to attend the City’s flag raising ceremony at the front of the Administration Building at 11:30am

City of Joondalup Library – Outdoor grassed area

10.00am – 12.00noon

Free, register online.





Yarning Session with Justin Martin

Tuesday 5 July

Gather your mob together for a traditional storytelling experience. Hear and learn about the Nyungar six seasons, art, tools, language, Nyungar people, and local history. Invite your family and friends along or connect with new friends in the community.


Duncraig Library

Cnr Warwick Road & Marmon Avenue, Duncraig


Duration:  45 minutes approximately

$4 per person, book online.

Traditional Art Activity with Justin Martin

Friday 8 July

Visit the City of Joondalup library to participate in a traditional art workshop. Led by artist Justin Martin, you can learn about the symbols, stories and colours used in Nyungar art to create your own small piece of artwork to keep. All supplies required to participate are included.

City of Joondalup Library

Ground Floor Meeting Room


Duration:  60 minutes approximately

$4 per person, book online.

Cultural Walk at Lake Joondalup

Sunday 10 July

Take a walk alongside Lake Joondalup in Makuru season. Led by Justin Martin, we look for bush tucker, animals and insects as we talk about how the environment changes over the six seasons, and the importance of spiritual acknowledgement for Nyungar people.

This is an outdoor winter activity, please wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking and bring your drinking water and wet weather protection.

Neil Hawkins Park


Duration: 90 minutes approximately

$5 per person, book online.




Sunday Serenades – Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

Sunday 17 July

Ancient language, contemporary music, stunning vocals, poignant stories and guitar brilliance.

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse use their music and performances to highlight one of the most beautiful and rare languages on the planet; the Noongar language of the southern corner of Western Australia.

The Sunday Serenades Concert Series began in 2003 and has been presented on an annual basis since. Originally part of the City’s Arts Development Scheme, Sunday Serenades now functions as a distinct cultural program with significant community support, especially amongst senior residents.

Prendiville Performing Arts Centre


Duration: 60 minutes

$10 – $17.50 per person, book online.






Walk Lake Goollelal with Olman Walley

Sunday 24 July

Experience Lake Goollelal in the Noongar season of Makuru. This experience includes a walking tour by knowledgeable Noongar guides which will be a gentle stroll with plenty of stops along the way to share history, music, stories and information about the waterways, local plants and animals, tools and artefacts.

This is an outdoor winter activity, please wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking and bring your drinking water and wet weather protection.

Lake Goollelal


Duration: Approximately 90 minutes

$5.00 per person, book online.




Wundabaa Gaay-Galgaa (Ghost Stories)

Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 July

Joondalup Festival 2022 Rescheduled Event

You know to lock your doors at night but what do you know about whistling in the dark? You grow up learning about stranger danger but what if the voices calling you into the trees are that of your family?

Everyone loves a good ghost story, huddled around the campfire or snuggled in a tent. Lighting up your face with a torch, trying to scare each other with the likes of Bloody Mary or the vanishing hitchhiker. But Wundabaa Gaay-galgaa are not just superstitions to mob, they’re lessons about how to stay safe and understand country.

Join Kalyakoorl Collective as they bring you a brand-new work based on stories told by Aboriginal Australians for thousands of years.  Step into the world of story-telling as it should be – exhilarating, intimate and immersive. For young, old and everyone in between, Wundabaa Gaay-galgaa is a show not to be missed. Featuring a cast of Indigenous theatre-makers, this WA premiere will have audiences leaving the lights on when they go to bed, or better yet, never daring to whistle in the dark again.

Central Park Car Park

6.30pm Nightly

Duration: 45 minutes approximately

$5 – $15 per person, book online.











Music in the Park

Music in the Park Concert Series 2022-23

The City of Joondalup’s premier community event series, Music in the Park, will feature three concerts over the 2022-23 event calendar. The concerts feature live music from both emerging and established Australian
artists in a picnic style setting at various neighbourhood parks for residents and the wider community.

Each event runs for three and a half hours of free family activities, high quality music performances and a great selection of cuisines to purchase from food vendors.

Add all three dates to your calendar and check the website for details on the artists.

Concert 1
Saturday 26 November 2022
Penistone Park, Greenwood

Concert 2
Saturday 14 January 2023
Mawson Park, Hillarys

Concert 3
Saturday 11 March 2023
Falkland Park, Kinross

History of Joondalup


Saluting their Service

Saluting their Service: stories from past to present highlights the military experiences of members of the region’s community and is intended to enrich our knowledge and understanding of the effects of war on individuals, families and communities. The stories were compiled from the Local History Library’s collection of photographs, mementos and oral history interviews, through research undertaken by the Library’s staff and from interviews with and donations from community members who have served more recently.

This book has been made possible through funding from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs under the Commonwealth Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program. The support and assistance of the Joondalup City RSL is gratefully acknowledged.

Limited quantities of the publication are available from the Reference and Local History Library and a link to an eBook version will soon be available from this webpage, ensuring its accessibility from anywhere in the world.

Picture our Past

Picture our Past: Celebrating Joondalup’s Past Together is a City of Joondalup publication telling the story of how an isolated settlement became the modern day Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo.

Containing historical photographs from the Picture Joondalup collection, interviews with local residents, maps, newspaper articles, images of collectibles and memorabilia from the City’s Local History Library, “Picture our Past” captures the stories of the people who came here from around the world to make their homes and community.

Picture our Past is available for purchase from the City’s Libraries and Customer Service Centre for $35.00

Joondalup’s history up in lights

Everyone who lives in or has visited this great region and coastline has a story to tell.

For Kaleidoscope 2018, Joondalup Libraries engaged local artist Roly Skender to work with the local history team to create a visual history of the region. The outcome, Joondalup – a Pictorial History, integrated local resident and pioneer stories, reflections and photographs from the Joondalup Libraries pictorial and oral history collections.

Joondalup – A Pictorial History has now been uploaded to the City’s Youtube channel for all to watch, reflect and enjoy.