Joondalup’s Kaleidoscope Festival picks up event of the year win at Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards

Kaleidoscope Festival.
Kaleidoscope Festival.
An aerial shot of the Shepherd's Bush playspace.
Kaleidoscope Festival. Kaleidoscope Festival. An aerial shot of the Shepherd's Bush playspace.

KALEIDOSCOPE Festival has been recognised as the event of the year.

The City of Joondalup’s inaugural festival of projection and illumination won the award at the Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) WA Awards of Excellence on June 16.

Delivered in conjunction with Mellen Events, Kaleidoscope transformed the Joondalup city centre over four nights in November, attracting more than 50,000 people.

“In its first year, it was particularly pleasing to see so many families enjoying the cultural entertainment on offer with many local businesses benefitting and enjoying an increase in trade over the four nights,” Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said.

“We are confident this event will become an important part of Joondalup’s future and I can’t wait to see what the festival has in store for us in 2017 and beyond.”

The City also won Playspace of the Year (under $500,000) for Shepherds Bush Park in Kingsley.

“The playspace, which incorporates a bike skills track for kids, provides families with young children a fun, unique and innovative opportunity to participate in healthy recreational activity,” Mr Pickard said.

“It also supports families to educate children about safe riding and pedestrian practice through play.

“The City is delighted these improvements have been well received by the community and are proving to be extremely popular with families across Perth who are travelling great distances to visit.”

A new BMX pump and jump track will be opened at the site this Thursday.

PLA WA president Joanne Smith said the awards promoted the “vital role those in the parks and leisure industry contribute to creating healthy, thriving communities”.

Both projects will now represent WA in the national awards on the Gold Coast in October.

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