Park to pack out with 50,000 festival goers

The Twilight Lantern Parade will again feature in the opening of the annual Joondalup Festival, which this year takes place over the weekend of March 29-30.
The Twilight Lantern Parade will again feature in the opening of the annual Joondalup Festival, which this year takes place over the weekend of March 29-30.

The free family-friendly event will be held on March 29 and 30 in the Joondalup city centre.

Central Park will host the big top event for local, national and international performances including Israel vaudevillian circus duo Cirque No Problem, acrobatic group Dislocate and a musical adaptation of children’s book Herman and Rosie.

A mini-top tent will be introduced this year for a range of short performances and the eco stage ” a self-powered open air space ” will feature aerials, acrobatics and fire acts.

Opening the festival on the Saturday will be a community choral project Back to Barbershop! with more than 150 singers performing an original arrangement of songs from Australia and the 1950s.

‘The community choral was one of the highlights of the 2013 festival and demonstrated what an engaged and connected community we have in Joondalup,’ Mayor Troy Pickard said.

‘This year, the City has commissioned MacMusiCo to create an original barbershop four-part harmonic arrangement of songs that are well-known and loved.’

The Twilight Lantern Parade will follow the performance and Sunday will feature an aerial performance for the finale at 8.30pm.

Mr Pickard said the festival would attract over 50,000 people to the city centre.