KALEIDOSCOPE Festival will return to Joondalup from November 9 to 12.
Presented by the City of Joondalup and managed by Mellen Events, the festival of light, art, music and food will again take over the Joondalup administration building and Central Park after last year’s inaugural event attracted more than 50,000 people.
This year, the festival will have new creative director Drew Anthony, as well as giving local, national and international artists the opportunity to show their works.
Anthony has had an extensive career, with previous experience including the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, Doha Asian Games, Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, NZ Rugby World Cup, NRL State of Origin and White Night in Melbourne and Ballarat.
In what the festival’s website has described as “a major coup for WA arts”, he will bring “an audacious creative vision and many Australian firsts to the program this year”.
It will also have an expanded festival site as well as more food and drink options.
One major program feature will be Amanda Parer’s Fantastic Planet; a spectacle-sized piece that will transform viewers experiences of their world.
The giant humanoid figures aim to create a realisation that even though we are smaller than we think, we hold much responsibility on this planet.
Also announced is All You Need is Love, which is an imaginative collection of things that evoke love created by visual artist Carla O’Brien.
Made using LED Neon Flex – a revolutionary replacement for glass neon – the touchable art pieces include a flying kite, umbrellas on a rainy day, flowers, angel wings, people made of mosaic mirrors and a series of neon love hearts.
There will also be Face-Off, which gives visitors the chance to be a part of the projections, from artist Dave Jones.
A live video feed will allow people to have their faces captured in real time, stylised and projected up onto the building.
For four nights, the festival will kick off with music and food from 5pm, with lights on from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.