The Kaleidoscope Festival Returns For 2017!

A dazzling display of light, art, music and food in Joondalup from November 9th - 12th.

Simon Fogliani
September 12, 2017
Arts & Events
Following an amazing first run in 2016 - attracting over 50,000 people - the Kaleidoscope Festival has its sights set once again on lighting up the Joondalup City Centre.  With expansions to the festival's site and a world-class program, Kaleidoscope promises to be even bigger and better than last year. Run by Drew Anthony, Associate Director of the Sydney Olympics and a myriad of other large scale events, the festival follows a powerful motto this year:
"You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world."
Amanda Parer's Fantastic Planet

Four free nights of fun

Running from the 9th to the 12th of November, Kaleidoscope features live music and food from 5:00pm every night, with the brilliant light installations and art going from 7:30 to 10:30pm. Joondalup's Mayor, Troy Pickard, was glad to express his thoughts going into this year's festival.

“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."

The event is going to be a feast for all the senses, with a bunch of interactive installations ranging from walking under glowing giants, to a selfie heaven of neon lights, to having your face projected on the side of a building (with a lollipop reward if you make someone laugh!)

Lighting it up

Carla O'Brien's All you Need is Love

At the moment, there are three artists set  to be presenting at Kaleidoscope: Amanda Parer, Carla O'Brien and Dave Jones. Their respective exhibits - Fantastic Planet, All You Need Is Love, and Face Off - are all about people getting involved, playing around and taking in the fascinating, glowing displays.

"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."

Needless to say, this year's festival plans to pull out the stops with its artists, with too many photo ops to count. Better yet, there's more to be announced in the future: more artists, more light shows, more installations, more everything.

It's not just the lights

Kaleidoscope food

Kaleidoscope offers a feast for the food lovers, and you'll find much, much more than just your standard coffee, softies and churros.Last year, the festival offered a range  of different culinary delights, like coconut-only ice cream desserts and berry-coated brioche French toast. Or, to warm up the night, there were plenty of hot foods, including fish & chips, poutines and spicy chilli.

"Bringing significant events such as the Kaleidoscope Festival to the Joondalup City Center stimulates the local business economy and provides entertainment and a vibrant night life for local residents and visitors."

With Kaleidoscope's expanded grounds this year, there's going to be an even wider variety of food and drinks all over. It's a tantalizing thought to imagine the new and fresh treats for the tastebuds that might appear.

About the director

Drew Anthony

Drew Anthony has a history in artistic direction for large-scale events, spanning the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and the 2015 State of Origin to name the big ones, as well as the Olivia Newton-John and Friends charity concert in 2009. Just this year, he also filled the role of Creative Producer for the White Night light show in Melbourne and Ballarat. Moving on towards Kaleidoscope, his first festival with Mellen Events, Drew put out this statement.

"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."

To keep up to date with info on the Kaleidoscope Festival, check in on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  If you're especially interested, you can also sign up for a mailing list to make sure you hear all the new reveals, right from the horse's mouth.

Kaledioscope media poster
Simon Fogliani

Raised in Perth, I have long held its people in high regard. Indeed, I relish the chance to find new places; meet new people. I've a passion for food, books, performing and visual arts, as well as the honest discussion of virtually any topic. Naturally, I enjoy offering reviews and drawing attention to small Perth businesses and people, gathering as much information about them as I can muster. My only hope is that what I do can inspire so much as one person to take a look at the gems around them.