“It’s a fun festival plan,” she said.
Themed ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’, inspired by the Dr Seuss book, she said the festival was about travelling to places in your sleep, dreams and imagination, not just physically travelling in a vessel.
Not wanting to give too much away, she said there would be things to dress up in, books to write in, places to draw and many different chairs.
Regular festivalgoers will notice a new layout from previous years. The large circus tent has been replaced by three smaller venues – the Commonwealth Cube, The Great Place for children and The Gold Digger – and there are also long tables in the dinner area, a viewing projector screen and a relocated silent disco.
Each area will offer different forms of entertainment from local, national and international acts including dance, music, comedy, magic, fashion and children’s theatre.
Markey said she was once again delighted to work in such an “amazing space” that offered so much variety.
“You have the pondland, as I like to call it, then you have the big space, then the apartment walk where the lantern parade will go, then up to the gallery walk with the new sculpture,” she said.
“All the spaces are different but linked.
“It gets people moving within the festival that is about people moving. It’s a journey for the patrons.”
Joondalup Festival, named WA’s best community event at the Australian Event Awards in 2014 and 2015, runs in the city centre from 2pm to 10pm this Saturday and from noon to 7pm on Sunday. Visit joondalup.wa.gov.au for all program details.