2017 Joondalup Festival

Hosted by the City of Joondalup.


Friday 31 March (Preview), 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 1 April, 2.00pm – 10.00pm

Sunday 2 April, 2.00pm – 8.00pm


Central Park, Joondalup City Centre, Joondalup

The Details

A large scale installation simply called CLOUD, which lights up with thousands of incandescent light bulbs and is coming to Australia for the very first time, will be one of the major attractions at this year’s Joondalup Festival.

The theme for the 19th annual festival, ‘Perform, Create, Imagine’, encourages audiences to dive deep into their imaginations and inhabit their inner artist.

For the first time ever the Festival will be staged over three nights – Friday 31 March (5.30pm-9pm – preview), Saturday 1 April (2pm-10pm) and Sunday 2 April (2pm-8pm).

CLOUD comes to Perth all the way from Canada and is sure to draw a huge crowd.

The interactive sculpture is created from 6,000 light bulbs and it’s up to participants to illuminate the cloud, pulling on chains that light up different parts of it, which inspires togetherness and collaboration. It will hold court at Central Park across the Festival weekend.

Visitors can again look forward to a stunning Twilight Lantern Parade with as many as 1600 people expected to showcase their lantern creations on Saturday 1 April at 6.30pm.

Participants have been encouraged to put their head in the clouds and use their imaginations to create cloud-like lanterns or lanterns that depict creatures from their dreams.

Another performance not to miss is String Symphony, which has been commissioned by the City for this year’s Festival and will premiere on Friday 31 March.

In partnership with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, String Symphony features a large-scale marionette puppet named Leor. Leor (‘I have light’ in Hebrew) is a hand-woven five-metre high puppet, incorporating one-kilometre of woven rope and 600 LED lights. Festival-goers will be able to animate the puppet by pulling on its great suspension strings.

The Festival weekend comes to a close with a spectacular Sunday evening concert, uniting the Joondalup Community Choral Project with musical director Jangoo Chapkhana for their finale performance of Fiesta! This work has received funding support from the Community Arts Networks of Western Australia and Department of Culture and the Arts, and this year will feature visual projections by artist Roly Skender.

Afterwards the fun continues with the beats of Japanese drumming group Taiko On and a light and fire show by Zap Circus, leading into the finale fireworks.

For more information visit the City of Joondalup website.