KALEIDOSCOPE OF WORK TO DRAW ON
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.”
Kaleidoscope Festival director Drew Anthony.