THE 2018 Kaleidoscope Festival drew more than 115,000 people to Joondalup over four nights from November 1 to 4.
Creative director Drew Anthony was back for a second consecutive year and curated the work of 89 artists from WA, interstate and overseas to showcase their light installations, illuminations, projections, art and live performances.
This year’s festival footprint extended from the Joondalup Library and Administration Building to Central Park, Central Walk and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.
Central Park was transformed into Armistice Park to mark the centenary of the end of World War I in 1918, with 1.2m high Armistice Park lettering and The Sunflowers installation.
Visitors could take a single poppy and place it on the poppy wall, which will be reinstalled in Central Park for the City’s Remembrance Day service on November 11.
Additions to the 2018 program Joondalup – A Pictorial History, Bedtime Stories presented by Channel 7, Joyeux Noel powered by Synergy, 1000 Cranes presented by Lakeside Joondalup, Intrude featuring gigantic illuminated bunnies and My Happy Place.
Joondalup also played host to Neon Dog Park, where visitors interacted with the installation and captured photos with the neon dogs.
There were more than 60 food trucks on site and live entertainment from Paint Storm, The Rumble Bumble and The Bad Piper. The Beatles-themed KBar was also a hit, featuring a projection and playlist of some of fab-four’s most loved classics.
“Events such as Kaleidoscope shine a light on Joondalup as a destination city and for four magical nights Joondalup was again the entertainment capital of Perth,” Mayor Albert Jacob said.
“Kaleidoscope has been a resounding success for the City of Joondalup over the past three years and has played a key role in driving positive economic outcomes for the local business economy.”
Mr Jacob said it created vibrancy in the city centre and provided entertainment for residents and visitors.