New works ready to shine at Joondalup’s Kaleidoscope Festival


The Birds of Lumos by amigo and amigo.
Will-o-the-Wisps by Mandylights.
The Birds of Lumos by amigo and amigo. Will-o-the-Wisps by Mandylights.

THREE new elements have been added to the program for WA’s free festival of light, art, music and food.

Back for its second year, Kaleidoscope Festival is set to transform the Joondalup city centre from November 9 to 12, sparking the imagination of visitors of all ages.

The latest additions include Will-o-the-Wisps by Mandylights in NSW.

Made up of thousands of individually controlled light ‘wisps’, it will be the first installation on Kaleidoscope’s ‘Walk of Wonder’.

“In the dark night, the mysterious wisps are never truly revealed; each form exists without definition, much like the worldwide legends of mysterious lights,” a statement said.

“Instead, they glow softly, appearing and disappearing seemingly at random in the gardens, working together to form a huge illuminated canvas that rises out of the ground.

“The wisps seem to draw energy from each other.

“Individually, their lights are beautiful, however it’s when they work with their thousands of surrounding wisps that the installation as a whole truly comes to life.”

Also added is The Birds of Lumos by Sydney’s amigo and amigo.

Inspired by the rare kiwi species, Rowi and her chick are large-scale light sculptures that invite the audience to consider its role in restoring the health of endangered animals and the natural environment.

Rowi has the body of a light globe representing the egg, a beak with nostrils and wears sight enhancing goggles because unlike most nocturnal birds, kiwis have very poor eyesight.

Science will also be included in the program with Scitech hosting interactive shows each day from 5.15pm to 7.15pm, before the lights come on.

There will also be a Science Wonderland, with interactive exhibits, puzzles, challenges and tech for children to explore.

These elements join the previously announced works Fantastic Planet by Amanda Parer, All You Need Is Love by Carla O’Brien and Face-Off by David Jones.

Festival creative director Drew Anthony said he was determined to make this year’s festival bigger and better.

“The program has been curated based on the following statement: You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world,” he said.

“All of the artists we’ve secured so far are bringing extraordinary and inspiring installations to Western Australia.

“We’re really excited to showcase these to the general public; the art will appeal to all ages.”

Kaleidoscope Festival will run from Thursday, November 9 to Sunday, November 12, starting at 5pm with music and food, before the lights come on from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

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