2018 Joondalup Festival twilight lantern parade shapes as biggest yet

The 2017 twilight lantern parade as part of the Joondalup Festival.
The 2017 twilight lantern parade as part of the Joondalup Festival.
The 2017 twilight lantern parade as part of the Joondalup Festival.
The 2017 twilight lantern parade as part of the Joondalup Festival. The 2017 twilight lantern parade as part of the Joondalup Festival. The 2017 twilight lantern parade as part of the Joondalup Festival.

THE twilight lantern parade at next year’s Joondalup Festival is shaping up as the biggest in its six-year history with 1000 children already taking part.

The City of Joondalup is calling for more students and community groups including dance, singing and drama schools and clubs to get involved, with registrations open until the end of the year.

The parade will be held on Saturday, March 24 and the theme is The Water Story – a story of reflection and sustainability based on Lake Joondalup with each school or group given a part of the story or a character to play.

The production will also include a soundtrack, visual effects and professional stilt walkers.

The City recently hosted a professional development day for teachers where circus, lantern making, puppetry and physical theatre artists discussed various design and performance ideas.

Next year, the Joondalup Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

“In recent years, the twilight lantern parade has unofficially opened proceedings in a spectacular display of light and colour, launching a festival full of free family-friendly entertainment and cultural experiences for all to enjoy,” Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said.

Local schools can register for a small grant or host an artist-in-residence to contribute to their parade entry costs.

Visit www.joondalup.wa.gov.au.