A weekend jam packed with free family fun and fireworks
The popular annual Joondalup Festival takes place this year on the 28th and 29th March 2015 on Grand Boulevard in Joondalup. The two day festival runs from 2pm to 10pm on Saturday 28th, and from 2pm to 9pm on Sunday 29th.
This free community festival is the largest cultural event in the region, and is the culminating event of the City of Joondalup's summer event season. Visitors are invited to come along and enjoy the massive program planned for the festival, which attracts local and national artists, and includes a plethora of performances, music, comedy, theatre, circus, and the arts, to bring together the whole community over a jam-packed weekend.
This multi-arts festival encourages everybody to explore a 'curious landscape of colour and strange creatures'. The huge program of events caters to all ages, so there is something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Visit the Fairhaven Tent to enjoy world premieres by renowned playwrights of comedy, cabaret, theatre, children's shows, magicians, illusionists and more. Meet giant roaming snails, the Queen of Hearts, runaway gnomes, gypsy fortune tellers, and participate in fun activities in the Magic Gardens, and Wit's End Pond.
Image from City of Joondalup Facebook page
Chill out with tunes from bands, including The Fab Four, The Hepburns, Caitlin Beresford Ord, the Big Army Band, and the Hills Symphony Orchestra; and enjoy street performances in the Madhatter's alfresco dining, while watching the visual art installation melt and transform. Ice/Light/Sound is the festival's unique, ephemeral and interactive art installation that engages an all-ages audience to explore, play, and reflect. Beginning as perfectly sculpted cubes, the giant ice blocks gradually melt away from weather exposure and human hands. Everybody is invited to add to the installation by changing the shape, texture and size of the ice blocks, which are illuminated from underneath to glow with colour during both day and night.
The grand finale of the 2015 Joondalup Festival is a spectacular aerial fireworks display, alongside a high energy flame show by Zap Circus and Catherine Ashley. This colourful finale is best viewed from Grand Boulevard.
Joondalup Festival 2015 Image from event website
Getting to the festival Visitors are encouraged to consider public transport to get to the Joondalup Festival, which is located only a short distance from the Joondalup train station. Parking will be limited around the festival site, so the City encourages carpooling to the festival.
Road closures will also be in place on the days of the Joondalup Festival. A youth space will be situated on Boas Avenue, and Grand Boulevard will be transformed into an alfresco dining area, as well as an outdoor stage. Normal car parks next to Lotteries House will house the Marketplace, Community Square, and Carnival Corner.
To view the details of all events and the whole festival program, download a copy of the program here. For further information about the Joondalup Festival 2015, visit the festival website to plan your visit to this fun, family-friendly annual event.