Making a comeback in all its glory, the Joondalup Festival has officially kicked off with a jampacked program across three weekends.
From world class comedy, theatre, music, dance, cabaret, cultural events, and interactive workshops, the annual festival is the mini–Fringe World of the north that we all need and love.
Running from Friday 10 March until Saturday 2 April 2023, a number of locations throughout the City of Joondalup will come alive. And while the program is extensive, we’ve got a few highlights which just might come in handy when choosing your Joondalup Festival experience.
Jot down Boola Djarat Wardan – a stunning light, laser, and water show at Hillarys Boat Harbour which will leave you awe-inspired. ‘Boola djarat wardan’ means ‘many lights across the sea’, if that gives you a hint as to its happenings. Expect a whole lot of water haze and geysers with a flooding soundscape which celebrates connection to one another and the land on which we live.
Another notable and brand spanking new show is SLAMaret; a variety-type show from the Perth Cabaret Collective bringing you burlesque, circus, and music. Taking on a modern approach to cabaret, expect Madonna meets Minelli, Beyonce meets Barbara and Styles meets Sinatra from the multi-award-winning crew.
Up next is The Knock ‘Em Downs; a trip down memory lane via a comical and colourful tent where you can experience a bizarre world of fun and games with a nostalgic and peculiar twist. If you have a raging fear of clowns, look away, but if you like a little bit of fooling around then Krackers and Jam are the side show clowns for you with prizes aplenty.
Our last pick of the 2023 Joondalup Festival is Take Flight, and it’s one to be marvelled at. This free show features award-winning aerial dancer, Dawn Pascoe glide over the horizon as the sun sets at Mullaloo Beach. Having performed for over 17 years, Dawn knows a thing or two about this art, and adding to the top-notch performance will be live folk music by Tanya Ransom and Tilly Kay, and The Nomadics, accompanied by the sounds of the sea and golden hues behind.
The Joondalup Festival’s program is plentiful, and luckily you’ve got a whole three weeks to take in all the sights, sounds, and shows – see you there!