Kaleidoscope Festival releases full program of artists to light up Joondalup

The Sunflowers by ONGA Artful Light will feature in Armistice Park.
The Sunflowers by ONGA Artful Light will feature in Armistice Park.

THE full program for Kaleidoscope Festival 2018 has been released, with 89 artists to put Joondalup in the spotlight over four nights in November.

Creative director Drew Anthony said artists from around the world had enthusiastically embraced the young festival and were excited to showcase their light installations, illuminations, projections, art and live performances to an expected audience of more than 80,000 people from November 1 to 4.

“Kaleidoscope 2018 sees an amazingly talented group of local, interstate and international visual artists and performers combining for what will be an entertaining festival for the whole family,” he said.

“We have some cool projections, a bunch of great walk-through installations and fun live performances.

Light Forest featuring WA artist Leon Kneebone.

“The whole festival site will be an illuminated wonderland for people to explore and just be in.

“This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Joondalup as a city and this third Kaleidoscope Festival provides the opportunity to reflect on the City’s past, present and future.”

This will include Joondalup – A Pictorial History.

Projected on the southern windows of Joondalup Library, it will take visitors on a journey from the lakes on the east to the coast on the west with pictures from the City’s libraries’ collection that have been given a creative treatment by local visual artist Roly Skender.

Another addition to the line-up includes Armistice Park directed by Anthony and featuring The Sunflowers by ONGA Artful Light from Thailand.

Joondalup – A Pictorial History.

The installation will see Joondalup’s Central Park transformed and renamed in celebration of the centenary of the Armistice that brought World War I to an end in 1918 and the almost 62,000 Australian lives lost fighting for their nation.

After entering the park through the 1.2m high Armistice Park lettering, The Sunflowers will welcome visitors with a bow and introduce them to the potential of harnessing solar energy for a sustainable future.

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Visitors are also invited to take a single poppy and place it on the Poppy Wall, which will be completed during the festival and in time for the Remembrance Day service on November 11.

Also added to the program is My Happy Place featuring Vanguard Performing Arts with choreography by WA’s Daniella Papa bringing 16 stages and 16 dancers with LED lightsabers creating a place for visitors to “just be happy” and Bedtime Stories with Adrian Barich, Samantha Jolly and Angela Tsun from Seven News Perth reading bedtime stories by fiction writers from Underground Writers, Joondalup.

KBar [Beatles].
Following its success last year, the Light Forest featuring WA artist Leon Kneebone will also return with thousands of strands of glowing fibre optic cable hanging along the 24m balcony of the Joondalup Library.

Also returning from 2016 is the Reverse Dreamtime Story projection by Mason Vellios, Michelle and Dennis Kickett and Dennis Simmons.

There will also be various groups performing in the Community Showcase each night from 5pm to 7.30pm followed by live stage performances including modern bagpipes, circus arts and dancers at KLive from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Joondalup Art Gallery will also be involved with exhibitions by local artists Chloe Tupper and Corinne Gull and a rare showing of A Written Perspective by Benjamin Foster while the KBar [Beatles] will be themed with their classic tunes, a bespoke artwork by Fieldey and projection by Perth visual artist NDORSE.

Kaleidoscope Festival 2018

When: November 1 to 4
Time: Pre-show entertainment from 5pm and lights from 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Where: Joondalup city centre
Info: www.kaleidoscopefestival.com.au

Kaleidoscope top tips from organisers:

1. Arrive early: Pre-Show entertainment kicks off at 5pm and the line-up is brilliant.

2. Travel by public transport: Joondalup train station is 600m from the main festival site. Therefore, people travelling from as far as Mandurah can be dropped on the festival’s door. Joondalup station also has step-free access. The city centre is also serviced by a variety of other bus and CAT bus routes.

3. Parking: For those that prefer to drive, there is parking located nearby.

4. Bring the whole family: There is something for all ages to enjoy and entry is free. We encourage young families to use small strollers or if possible baby carriers instead of prams.

5. Come on an empty stomach: There are more than 60 food trucks serving sweet and savoury street food from around the world.

6. Shop and dine at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City before the festival kicks off.

7. Beat the crowds: Come on the Thursday evening for a more laid back atmosphere with less lines.

8. Immerse yourself in illumination: As the sun goes down, the lights come on at 7.30pm and the illuminated magic begins.

9. Bring your camera or smartphone: Share the light love on your socials with #Kaleidoscope18 and #getexcitedperth.

10. Quench your thirst: Pop down to KBar [Beatles] for some refreshing bevvies and The Beatles tunes and projections.

11. Merch: To easily keep an eye on little kids when the sun goes down, deck them out in illuminated festival merchandise.

12. If you loved the lights: Get involved in the Synergy Xmas Lights Trail. You’ll find people who love to decorate their homes and plenty of others who just love to enjoy the magic of the lights.