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A stunning festival of light and colour in Joondalup
WA's largest light and illumination festival is back for its biggest and brightest year yet. The annual Kaleidoscope Festival will transform The City of Joondalup into an extraordinary wonderland of light and art over four evenings from Thursday, 1 November to Sunday 4, November 2018.
Kaleidoscope combines world-class illumination, artistic installations, projections and live performance, creating a mind-blowing multi-sensory experience for visitors.
The 2017 festival attracted over 80,000 people and shone a light on some of Australia's most dynamic creatives. Widely regarded as an important part of the city's annual arts calendar, this fun, family-friendly and accessible festival is free for all! This year's festival footprint extends throughout the Joondalup City Centre and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.
The 2018 festival will bring a creative and audacious line up of local, interstate and international artists, set to entertain and inspire all ages with their innovative and awe-inspiring installations, projections and performances.
The pre-show entertainment and food commences at 5pm and as the sun goes down, the lights come on at 7:30pm and the illuminated magic begins. There will be over 60 food trucks serving endless options of street style food all evening, along with a bar presented by Lion.
While the full line-up of acts is still to be announced, major attractions for 2018 include:
Paint Storm Paint Storm, by Geraldton's Phil Doncon, employs high speed 'live' painting and breakdance to create a unique, dynamic and entertaining show, with images slammed onto a huge 11 metre high wall. Between performances, audience members are invited to participate in team Paint Battles, racing each other and the clock to punch out a masterpiece of creativity.
The Rumble Bumble This combination of colourful lights and uplifting beats by WA DJ Peter Sharp is guaranteed to get the crowd moving! This unique battery powered vehicle and DJ are unleashed to create spontaneous sing-alongs and an epic party vibe.
1000 Cranes presented by Lakeside Joondalup 1000 Cranes, by Ambient & Co (Sydney) will be located inside Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City for the duration of the festival. 1000 Cranes is inspired by an ancient Japanese legend ľ if a group of 1000 origami cranes (senbazuru) are hung in a home they will act as a powerful charm and bring good luck. Senbazuru came to symbolise hope in Japan through the actions of Sasaki Sadako, a young girl dying from the effects of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. She began a senbazuru, but was tragically unable to complete the task and after her death her classmates completed it in her honour.
The creators of 1000 Cranes believe that the senbazuru legend has great significance in a world deeply affected by instability and negativity. As visitors move through the installation, 1000 hanging origami cranes light up, bringing joy and hope to all.
This work by Tasmania's Amanda Parer invites visitors into a wonderland of gigantic, adorable, glowing white rabbits that is deceivingly complex and with a slightly dark undertone. This show was first created for the Vivid festival has become one the world's best loved touring pieces of contemporary art and has been seen on four continents in almost 100 different settings.
Dance Like No One is Watching An incredible rhythm and syncopation performed by Matt Papa (Tap Dogs), Hilton Denis (Limbo), Benson Jack Anthony (800 Words) and Perth's own Jarrent Walton. Witness one awesome male tap dancer, four glass walls, cool lighting, flash tap and a broody sense of humour.
Neon Dog Park Created by Melbourne visual artist Carla O'Brien, these four-legged friends love having adventures, frolicking, chewing bones, chasing after balls and socialising with other dogs.
This walk-through tunnel full of texture, colour and light by WAAPA third year design student Maeli Cherel is an elegant, immersive, joyous and enthralling installation for the whole family. It will delight you with its twinkling walls, glistening ceiling and magical atmosphere.
Lost and Found Lost and Found is a virtual animation by North Metro TAFE animation students that is part optical illusion, part story and virtual puppet show. It will transform the western fašade of Lotteries House into an alternate world in which our hero kids find themselves home alone dealing with a runaway space pet and an alien who has arrived to retrieve it. Lost & Found is a combination of interactive lighting and surreal animation where loveable characters seem to run in and out of walls, float in space and travel to other dimensions.
The 2018 Kaleidoscope Festival will light up the streets of Joondalup for four days of fun and awe-inspiring creativity. It is free and family-friendly, making it a fantastic activity for young and old alike.