KALEIDSCOPE IS BACK TO LIGHT UP 2017
Following a spectacular inaugural year in 2016 attracting over 50,000 people, Kaleidoscope Festival (WA’s world-class light and illumination festival) returns for its second year, set to transform Joondalup City Centre into an extraordinary wonderland of electrifying illumination and art from 9th to 12th November.
True to its namesake, Kaleidoscope Festival 2017 will be a vibrant visual feast for all the senses. Combining world-class illumination, art, installations, music and food, the program for 2017 is set to be even bigger and better. The festival is free, family friendly and accessible for everyone to enjoy.
Over four evenings, Joondalup City Centre will become an interactive living, breathing entertainment hub - a true ‘City of the Future’. Music and food will commence at 5pm, and lights are on from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Event organisers are expecting attendances to top last year’s figure and have expanded the festival site and food and beverage offering to accommodate.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said Kaleidoscope was an important part of the City’s place-making strategy.
“Bringing significant events such as the Kaleidoscope Festival to the Joondalup City Centre stimulates the local business economy and provides entertainment and a vibrant night life for local residents and visitors,” Mayor Pickard said.
“Kaleidoscope delivered one of the major highlights for the City in 2016 and it was a thrill to witness the tens of thousands of people that came to the Joondalup City Centre for four wonderful evenings of free family-friendly entertainment.
“Events such as Kaleidoscope shine a light on Joondalup as a Destination City for residents, visitors and businesses alike, offering unique and innovative entertainment that captures the imagination.”
In a major coup for Western Australia, Kaleidoscope Festival welcomes highly acclaimed and internationally renowned Drew Anthony as Creative Director for 2017. Mr Anthony has an extensive career and exceptional experience creating for festivals and Major Ceremonies, bringing an audacious creative vision and many ‘Australian firsts’ to the program this year. His previous experience includes the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, Doha Asian Games, Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, NZ Rugby World Cup, NRL State of Origin and White Night (Melbourne and Ballarat) to name a few.
Mr Anthony says, “The program has been curated based on the following powerful statement: You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.
“Artists from Perth and around Australia have enthusiastically embraced our young festival, which aims to delight and inspire both kids and adults. Attendees can expect to see amazing projections, fun visual installations and entertaining live performances” concluded Mr Anthony.