Two decades of art and culture celebrated at 2018 Joondalup Festival

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27 March 2018

Tens of thousands were on hand to celebrate 20 years of arts and culture in Joondalup at the 2018 Joondalup Festival.

For the second consecutive year, the festival was staged over three nights (23-25 March), attracting approximately 50,000 visitors to the Joondalup City Centre.

The City of Joondalup’s 20-year journey was an important component of this year’s programming with the theme of Perform, Create, Reflect encouraging festival-goers to look back on the City of Joondalup’s story so far.

To assist them doing so, seven interactive hubs were set up across the festival site, featuring historical photos, hands-on activities and a commemorative trail brochure. Many festival-goers also contributed their own recollections via the oral history caravan.

Emmy Award winning artist (AKA Hot Tea) Eric Rieger’s visually stunning ephemeral installation was the talk of the festival site over the three days, as was the dazzling display of colour and light produced by the Twilight Lantern Parade.

This year’s parade was the biggest in history and for the first time had a theme: The Water Story, a magical story of reflection and sustainability based on Lake Joondalup.

The Community Choral project delivered the music of Queen like its rarely been heard before as 350 choir members (a record number of participants) – under the musical direction of Jangoo Chapkhana, End of Fashion lead vocalist Justin Burford, a five-piece band and accompanied by artist Roly Skender’s stunning visuals – performed to a packed audience at Central Park.

International offerings were a hit including the incredible hand-to-hand acrobatics of Kate and Pasi (Finland) and the hilarious four-man circus performers Quatuor Stomp (Quebec, Canada), while Zap Circus literally took their act to new heights on the Saturday night.

The 2018 Joondalup Festival climaxed in a stunning Aboriginal cultural experience that left festival-goers spellbound.

A world first and six months in the making, ONE TRIBE incorporated powerful music, pyrotechnics, a traditional smoking ceremony, burning eucalyptus incense, live didgeridoo, traditional dancers and visual projections.

Supported by the Department for Local Government, Sport and Recreation and Culture and the Arts, audiences were taken on a fully immersive journey to country involving local Aboriginal stories, heritage and culture.

The Parlour, Kazador and Kid’s Canopy venues were often full to capacity as they hosted a diverse range of acts including comedy, cabaret, circus, magicians and acrobats.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the Joondalup Festival had matured over the years to such an extent that it grown from a local community event to one that now attracted people from across the Perth metropolitan area.

“This year’s festival again underlined the fact that Joondalup has become a Destination City,” he said.

“More and more visitors to our City from outside the northern corridor are getting to know Joondalup via our successful and culturally engaging events. When it comes to hosting big events, Joondalup has certainly become a force to be reckoned with.”

As well as the Joondalup Festival, the City has also hosted a range of successful events in 2018 including the annual Valentine’s Concert, two Music in the Park concerts, Urban Couture, two international hockey matches and a JLT pre-season AFL Derby.

The Joondalup Festival was 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.