A LARGE-SCALE installation made up of thousands of incandescent light bulbs known as CLOUD will come to Australia for the first time as part of the Joondalup Festival from March 31 to April 2.
The interactive sculpture from Canada is made up of 6000 light bulbs and requires participants to illuminate the cloud by pulling on chains to light up different parts.
The installation, which aims to inspire togetherness and collaboration, will be at Central Park across the festival weekend, along with String Symphony, which features a large-scale marionette puppet named Leor.
In partnership with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Leor is a hand-woven 5m high puppet incorporating 1km of woven rope and 600 LED lights. Festival-goers will be able to animate the puppet by pulling on its suspension strings.
Other international offerings include acrobatics by Argentina’s ManoAmano Circo and a comedy performance from the Spurting Man and his butler by the UK’s Avanti.
Staged over three nights for the first time, the theme for this year’s Joondalup Festival is ‘Perform, Create, Imagine’.
It will be held from 5.30pm-9pm on Friday, March 31, 2pm-10pm on Saturday, April 1 and 2pm-8pm on Sunday, April 2.
The traditional Twilight Lantern Parade, which expects to attract as many as 1600 people showcasing their work, will be at 6.30pm on the Saturday.
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.
The Joondalup Community Choral Project will close the festival on Sunday evening with musical director Jangoo Chapkhana’s Fiesta!, which this year will feature visual projections by artist Roly Skender.
The finale will also include Japanese drumming group Taiko On and a light and fire show by Zap Circus, before a fireworks display.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the festival attracted tens of thousands of people to Joondalup each year and because it continued to grow, it was decided to expand the event to three nights.
“The Joondalup Festival is at its heart a community event which inspires creativity,” he said.
“This year’s festival will highlight that there are many ways to participate in the arts; whether you’re an audience member, a performer or a creator, the only limits really are your imagination.”
CLOUD creators to be festival artists-in-residence
The Canadian artists behind CLOUD will be the City of Joondalup’s artists-in-residence throughout March.
Maitlind R.C Brown and Wayne Garrett are staying in Sorrento during their visit and will be running a series of free art workshops to build the illuminated sculpture.
These will be held at Hillarys Boat Harbour from noon to 5pm on March 18 and 19.
Register at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au.
The artists have also launched a light bulb drive to collect old bulbs.
Drop them off at the Joondalup administration building or Craigie Leisure Centre