Kids light up the Joondalup night

Artists Bec Massey and Lewis Horne help Courtney Stead, Zoe Sawatzky and Jacob Evans make lanterns. d397623
Artists Bec Massey and Lewis Horne help Courtney Stead, Zoe Sawatzky and Jacob Evans make lanterns. d397623

More than 500 students from eight local schools will march in a twilight lantern parade along Boas Avenue and Grand Boulevard as part of the Joondalup Festival.

Artist Bec Massey said 80 litres of PVA glue, 2.5km of greaseproof paper and more than 5000 sticks had been used to create the 500 lanterns students will carry.

‘We have two large-scale puppets ” one is the Wargyl or creation serpent, and the other is known as the Charnock woman or Djoondool,’ she said.

‘These form important parts of a local indigenous story about Lake Joondalup. We have also represented these two elements as decorations on the children’s lanterns.

‘There will be children singing, people dancing to their beats and, of course, several drumming groups, including the sambanistas, to get the crowd tapping their toes.’

The parade will start at 6.30pm.

The Joondalup Festival will take over Central Park this weekend with a range of free activities and performances, culminating with an aerial dance performance by Natural Wings on Sunday night.

For more information, go to joondalup.wa.gov.au.