Since beginning as a humble community festival way back in 1998, Joondalup Festival has become one of the must-visits on the Perth events calendar, featuring spectacular installations and performances from all parts of Australia. And while the festival has taken an understandable break of the past couple of years, 2022 sees it return with a new, revamped format over three huge weeks.
Kicking off Friday 11 March until Saturday 2 April, visitors will be treated to a diverse array of events and experiences popping up around the northern suburbs, showcasing WA’s vibrant art, culture and performance community.
The full program is available to check out now via the Joondalup Festival Website, with some highlights including:
Gold Digger Tent
The Gold Digger Tent moves from the Perth Cultural Centre to take up residence as part of the Joondalup Festival Hub at Hillarys Boat Harbour. There you’ll find an absolutely stacked program of comedy, cabaret and musical performances basically every night of opening week. Check the full program here.
Grease at the Galaxy Drive-In (SOLD OUT)
Grab your groove things and get in the car, Grease is back on the big screen with a special Grease Experience at the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre, Kingsley. Along with the screening, there’ll be live performances, re-enactments of everyone’s favourite scenes and more! Lightning strikes April 1 and 2 at Galaxy, grab your tickets here.
Lost Dogs’ Disco (Monday 21 March-Saturday 2 April)
One of the highlights of every Joondalup Festival has been an incredible light show and 2022 will be no different with the WA premiere of Lost Dogs’ Disco. From Monday 21 March, 16 light up canines will take over Hillarys Boat Harbour as an interactive art installation from art and tech company ENESS. They’ll be joined by ENESS’ awesome-looking I Believe Swings over the full three weeks and both are free to visit – get more info here.
A Gala Evening with WA Ballet (Postponed, new dates TBC)
The West Australian Ballet will be delivering a thrilling show featuring nine dance works, offering enchanting takes on The Sleeping Beauty, a duet from Le Corsaire and a mix of modern classics set to the likes of Radiohead, Einaudi and more. Artistic Director Aurélien Scannella has created a bespoke gala just for the festival, and you can grab tickets here.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Postponed, new dates TBC)
After wowing crowds down south, in Fremantle and most recently Kings Park, the Fremantle Theatre Company’s spectacular take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes over the picturesque Central Park, Joondalup for some balmy summer evenings under the stars. Running over two nights on March 25 and 26, grab your tickets here.
To start planning which free and ticketed events you want to see happening across the City of Joondalup from Friday 11 March until Saturday 2 April, head to the Joondalup Festival Website.
Joondalup Festival 2022 is supported by:
Funding Partner – Lotterywest
Venue Partners – Hillarys Boat Harbour and Westfield Whitford Shopping City
Media Partners – NOVA, Channel 7 and The West Australian