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Fringe May Be Over But There’s Another Awesome Festival Coming To Perth!

By Chloe Sputore
23rd Mar 2017

I know, I know, we’re all sad that all of the Fringe action has left Perth for the year, but turn that frown upside down because another awesome festival is coming your way very soon!

Get excited because Joondalup Festival will be here from 31 March to 2 April and with it comes loads of killer events to catch, not to mention delicious food (Soul Provider, The Fish Boss or Jumplings, anyone?) and some wondrous light-up displays that are set to rival Kaleidoscope

Here’s what not to miss at the Joondalup Festival this year!


Friday 31 March—Sunday 2 April, from 5:30pm

Drifting its way to Perth from Canada, the last stop on its world tour, CLOUD is an incredible interactive and illuminated display that’s not to be missed. 6,000 light bulbs come together to create this speccy sculpture which you can try your hand at turning off or on by pulling on one of the hundreds of cords underneath. In an effort to make Perth more environmentally friendly, the City of Joondalup will also be collecting any of your nasty, old incandescent bulbs from now until 2 April, repurposing them in the CLOUD. Environmentally friendly art, we love it!

Twilight Lantern Parade

Saturday 1 April, 6:30pm

The Twilight Lantern Parade is a collaborative effort of 1,600 people, who will light up the sky with their self-made lanterns. This not to be missed show is always a hit and this year is set to be no exception. To view the parade in all its glory head to the Boardwalk near the TAFE, Grand Boulevard or Boas Avenue.

String Symphony

Friday 31 March—Sunday 2 April, from 5:30pm

Commissioned by the Joondalup Festival, String Symphony is a larger than life, light up marionette puppet designed to get strangers working together as puppeteers. Standing five metres tall, designed by Leon Hendroff and produced by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, you’ll find it in Central Park between the metal trees.

The Parlour

Friday 31 March—Sunday 2 April, various show times

Fringe fanatics will want to head directly to The Parlour for Vaudeville shows The Doogans and Vaudeville In A Suitcase. Grab a drink from the bar and settle in for a loads of laughs, circus stunts and marionette manipulation.

Cluster Invasion

Friday 31 March—Sunday 2 April, evenings

Scattered all over the festival grounds, Cluster Invasion are light up sculptural masterpieces by architect Sean Van der Poel. You haven’t done Joondalup Festival justice until you’ve spotted all nine clusters.

manoAmano Circo

Saturday 1 April—Sunday 2 April, various times

A festival is not complete without death-defying circus acts and manoAmano Circo fills that gap very nicely. After performing more than 550 shows, you don’t have to worry about these guys falling flat on their faces, but you can expect plenty of acrobatics, comedy, and maybe a little vertigo!


Saturday 1 April, 3pm to 10pm—Sunday 2 April, 2pm to 6pm

Japanese for The Floating World, Ukiyo is a very kawaii (cute) tent serving up a smorgasbord of fun for all. There’ll be an origami station, parasol painting and ping pong, plus you’ll get the chance to try on a kimono thanks to the Perth Kimono Club (who knew that was a thing?) Matt Hale will also be there, and word on the street is he’s got a bunch of comedy hypnotist tricks to try out. You were warned!

Festival Finale

Sunday 2 April, from 6pm

The festival will end with a bang and plenty of fireworks on Sunday 2 April, as well as a pyrotechnics from Zap Circus and live drumming by Taiko On—you’d be mad to miss it.

For more information on Joondalup Festival, including the full program, click here!

Image credit: Joondalup Festival

Editor’s note: This article is proudly sponsored by Joondalup Festival and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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