JOONDALUP will become a playground when the northern corridor’s biggest cultural event returns bigger than ever in April.
The Joondalup Festival will return from April 3-5, bringing the city centre to life with a range of exciting and colourful installations and performances, and this year expanding to include a second licensed space on Boas Avenue and more food trucks.
The theme for 2020 is ‘Make the City Your Playground’ and festival-goers are encouraged to explore the bigger festival site, including a hidden cinema on Davidson Terrace, mermaid tank at the Joondalup Library children’s venue, sideshow alley and secret light installations in the trees at Central Park.
There will also be more than 50 acts including Highly Sprung by Sydney physical theatre company Legs on the Wall, Spheres and Swoon by Strange Fruit – direct from Eurovision, pop-up circus and comedy tents, international street performers including one from as far as Argentina, and an illuminated playground.
Multi ARIA Award-winning band Regurgitator will also bring its children’s music project Regurgitator’s Pogogo Show to Central Park at 7pm on the Friday and Saturday.
Returning will be the Twilight Lantern Parade involving more than 1600 local community members, and the 2020 Community Choral Project, under the musical direction of Matt Ward, which will this year feature the music of Elton John performed by 150 local singers.
The inaugural Ukulele Project will also see visitors pick up a musical instrument and play en masse.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the 22nd Joondalup Festival provided an opportunity for people from across Perth to access to a range of free world-class cultural and artistic events.
“The region’s biggest cultural event never fails to deliver,” he said.
“More than two decades into its journey, it continues to amaze me how this free family-friendly cultural event evolves and grows each year.
“If you haven’t been to the festival in a few years it might be time to pay a visit and see just why it has become such an iconic cultural event and an institution for families across the northern corridor and beyond.”
Joondalup Festival was a state finalist at the 2019 Australian Event Awards for best cultural arts event.
2020 Joondalup Festival
Friday, April 3: 5.30pm – 10pm
Saturday, April 4: noon – 10pm
Sunday, April 5: noon – 8pm