Joondalup Festival named WA’s Best Community Event at Australian Event Awards

Leon Hendroff’s creation for this year’s twilight lantern parade.
Leon Hendroff’s creation for this year’s twilight lantern parade.

THE Joondalup Festival was named WA's best community event at the 2014 Australian Event Awards held in Sydney last Tuesday.

The award recognised the extent of community engagement in the festival, the positive social and cultural effect it had on the local area, effective communication and promotion of the event and its overall quality.

Despite rain forcing it to close on the opening evening, the 16th annual event attracted more than 27,500 people on the March 30-31 weekend.

It was themed ‘transport yourself’ and featured big and mini top tents, a self-powered eco stage with aerials, acrobatics and fire, musical performances including Back to Barbershop, roving entertainers, fashion program Urban Couture and a twilight lantern parade.

‘The festival delivered an outstanding range of exciting experiences and family-friendly activities catering for all in the local community and beyond,’ Joondalup mayor Troy Pickard said.

He said the Back to Barbershop choral project and lantern parade were examples of how the event supported local established, emerging and novice artists.