Hills Gazette - - WHAT'S ON - Tyler Brown

WORK­ING on Kalei­do­scope Fes­ti­val has been “one of the most en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ences” creative di­rec­tor Drew An­thony has ever had.

And that is say­ing some­thing from some­one who has worked on many large-scale events, in­clud­ing the Syd­ney Olympics Clos­ing Cer­e­mony, Doha Asian Games, Van­cou­ver Win­ter Olympics, NZ Rugby World Cup, NRL State of Ori­gin and White Night in Mel­bourne and Bal­larat.

“Over the years I’ve done some pretty amaz­ing events around the world but I feel this is the cul­mi­na­tion of a lot of things that I’ve learnt,” he said.

“I re­ally think the au­di­ence this year is go­ing to be blown away by what we’ve been able to achieve in such a short space of time and with fairly lim­ited re­sources.”

Kalei­do­scope Fes­ti­val, which the City launched last year, is a four-night free fes­ti­val of light, art, mu­sic and food that will take over the Joon­dalup city cen­tre from Novem­ber 9 to 12.

An­thony said he “jumped at the chance” to work on this year’s event, which has been cre­ated around the artist state­ment: “You have to find the light within you so that you, in your own way, can il­lu­mi­nate the world”.

“It’s a re­ally sim­ple but very po­tent state­ment which asks peo­ple to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own lives and to pos­i­tively af­fect the peo­ple around them,” he said.

He said he was “bring­ing lots” to this year’s fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing Four Sea­sons at the City’s ad­min­is­tra­tion build- ing.

“There’s this four-sided glass meet­ing room, so we’re do­ing a re­ally cool pro­jec­tion that comes from the in­side and across on to the four dif­fer­ent walls,” he said.

“We’ll be di­rect­ing visi­tors to walk around that and jour­ney across those four sea­sons with four con­trast­ing pro­jec­tions from four very, very dif­fer­ent vis­ual artists.”

There will also be the in­ter­ac­tive Face Off pro­jec­tion, where visi­tors can have their faces pro­jected in real time up on the build­ing and the Walk of Won­der.

“Then there’s some other lit­tle sur­prises that I don’t want to give away,” An­thony said.

“We have a real line in the sand this year too where the lights come on at 7.30pm, so the whole event precinct slowly falls in to dark­ness then bam, at 7.30pm all the lights come on.

“We in­vite peo­ple to come down ear­lier than that, any time from 5pm where we’ve got all our food trucks and lots of en­ter­tain­ment for the fam­ily.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d475209

Kalei­do­scope Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Drew An­thony.

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