Kalei­do­scope re­turns

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KALEI­DO­SCOPE Fes­ti­val will re­turn to Joon­dalup from Novem­ber 9 to 12.

Pre­sented by the City of Joon­dalup and man­aged by Mellen Events, the fes­ti­val of light, art, mu­sic and food will again take over the Joon­dalup ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing and Cen­tral Park af­ter last year’s in­au­gu­ral event at­tracted more than 50,000 peo­ple.

This year, the fes­ti­val will have new cre­ative di­rec­tor Drew An­thony, as well as giv­ing lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional artists the op­por­tu­nity to show their works.

An­thony has an ex­ten­sive ca­reer record, in­clud­ing the Syd­ney Olympic Games Clos­ing Cer­e­mony, Doha Asian Games, Van­cou­ver Win­ter Olympic Games, NZ Rugby World Cup, NRL State of Ori­gin and White Night in Melbourne and Bal­larat.

In what the fes­ti­val’s web­site has de­scribed as “a ma­jor coup for WA arts”, he will bring “an au­da­cious cre­ative vi­sion and many Aus­tralian firsts to the pro­gram this year”.

It will also have an ex­panded fes­ti­val site as well as more food and drink op­tions.

One ma­jor pro­gram fea­ture will be Amanda Parer’s Fan­tas­tic Planet – a spec­ta­cle­sized piece that will trans­form view­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ences of their world.

The gi­ant hu­manoid fig­ures aim to cre­ate a re­al­i­sa­tion that even though we are smaller than we think, we hold much re­spon­si­bil­ity on this planet.

Also an­nounced is All You Need is Love, which is an imag­i­na­tive col­lec­tion of things that evoke love cre­ated by vis­ual artist Carla O’Brien.

Made us­ing LED Neon Flex – a rev­o­lu­tion­ary re­place­ment for glass neon – the touch­able art pieces in­clude a fly­ing kite, um­brel­las on a rainy day, flow­ers, an­gel wings, peo­ple made of mo­saic mir­rors and a se­ries of neon love hearts.

There will also be Face-Off, giv­ing vis­i­tors the chance to be a part of the pro­jec­tions, from artist Dave Jones. A live video feed will al­low peo­ple to have their faces cap­tured in real time, stylised and pro­jected up on to the build­ing.

For four nights, the fes­ti­val will kick off with mu­sic and food from 5pm, with lights on from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Pic­ture: Kalei­do­scope Fes­ti­val web­site

Amanda Parer’s Fan­tas­tic Planet is sure to im­press at this year’s Kalei­do­scope Fes­ti­val.

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