The spring edition marks our fourth edition and the start of sunny days and warmer weather. It also brings the start of the festival season in Fremantle. We’ve featured just a few festivals and events coming up over the next few months in our pull out event calendar (make sure you pop it on your fridge!). Fremantle Festival returns in October with a stellar line up of concerts and performances centred around a festival hub at Fremantle Town Hall. In the first of a four part series we are proud to share stories from the traditional owners of Fremantle or Walyalup as it is known to traditional owners, the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. Pull up a chair, grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy your spring read. The Fremantle story team The Fremantle story magazine is currently available at Fremantle Visitor Centre, cafés, cinemas, restaurants, hotels, universities and colleges in Fremantle and wider Perth metropolitan area.
We’ve collected a snapshot of activities for all age groups including #Freo_Treasurehunt, school of puppetry workshops, weaving and printmaking. Remember that school holiday events continue to be added to fremantlestory.com.au so check for the latest updates.
In 2016, the Fremantle Festival will continue its evolution to become a fully curated arts festival highlighting Fremantle’s vibrant culture and providing inspiration for festival goers and artists alike.Centred around the festival hub at the Fremantle Town Hall and incorporating selected key venues such as the Fremantle Arts Centre, the ten-day festival presents a range of high quality and thought provoking ticketed and free shows.Festival favourites Wardarnji aboriginal cultural celebration, Children's Fiesta and the Street Parade will all be making a comeback alongside highlights of this year's program including speakers Waleed Aly, Clementine Ford and Stan Grant, music from Bernard Fanning, CW Stoneking and The Drones, a boundary pushing classical music program, a range of original theatre productions and much, much more!Tickets on sale now. Lotterywest has proudly supported Fremantle Festival for almost 20 years. It’s a great example of how money raised from the sale of Lotterywest games goes back to the community through grants to improve the lives of people throughout Western Australia.
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At nine metres high, 19 metres long and tipping the scales at 66 tonnes, Rainbow is not your average public art piece. The sculpture, by prominent Perth artist Marcus Canning, is constructed from nine recycled sea containers joined to form an arch. Colourful and creative, the sea containers form the shape of a giant rainbow as a universal symbol of hope and inspiration as well as being a highly visible Fremantle welcome statement. The largest public art piece ever commissioned by the City of Fremantle, the $145,000 Rainbow is the jewel in the crown of more than 50 public art pieces throughout Fremantle, a city with a rich arts culture and well-known as a city for artists. In a complex engineering feat, the massive artwork was pieced together by cranes one container at a time on-site in Fremantle on Friday 12 August. Read more on the Fremantle story blog. See it for yourself at Beach Reserve adjacent to Canning Highway, overlooking the Swan River and the port! There’s plenty of parking at East Street Jetty. Rainbow... in the words of the artist “Rainbow is a new iconic entry statement for the portside City of Fremantle - visible from a range of major entry arteries - from the water, from the air, from rail as well as car. Its presence is as architectural as it is sculptural, awe inspiring for the pedestrian to engage with, a beacon of welcome that is instantly recognisable from afar.” Marcus Canning Music by Fait “Slow Glow”
A Night Time Tour of Fremantle Creepiest Places that includes a Fish and Chip Supper! Join us every Friday night as we take a torchlight tour of Fremantle's oldest buildings, with the tram seating converted to dining car style. With other stops and surprises along the way your driver will entertain you with the historic background of the buildings and tales of some of Fremantle's earliest residents, some of who may choose to put in an appearance! At each stop we take a torchlight walking tour of the grounds*. Included in your evening is a Cicerellos fish 'n' chip supper** and a soft drink served at your table. Tour Highlights: Fremantle Prison (A full Torchlight Tour with a prison guide) The Roundhouse - The first prison in WA Fremantle Arts Centre* (the Old Asylum) or Fremantle Cemetery (the final resting place of some notorious gaol residents)
George Tuckerbox presents his paintings from the Great Sandy Desert at Japingka Gallery, opening on Friday 2 September. While Tuckerbox has exhibited with his fellow community artists since 2003, this will be his first solo show. Tuckerbox lives at Wangkatjungka in the south-east corner of the Kimberley and made his first paintings in mid 1990s. He walked in from the desert with his family when he was a child. His recognition maps of the desert are his testimony to his ancestral desert homelands.
The award winning Esplanade Youth Plaza is located in the heart of Fremantle on the south eastern corner of Fremantle's Esplanade Reserve. This facility is an iconic world class $1.6M plaza and has one of the most impressive skateboarding areas ever seen in Perth. Featuring an extensive street section that caters for all ages as well as a central focal marine buoy in the middle of the bowl section. The plaza also caters for a variety of other interests such as ping pong, rock climbing, slacklining and parkour. Workshops are run regularly for skateboarding and parkour during the school holidays. The plaza is adjacent to a large playground providing plenty of things to do for younger kids. Come on down for a great day out at the park with great cafe's and restaurants at Fishing Boat Harbour, Essex Street, High Street West End and the South Terrace Cappuccino strip just a five minute stroll.
The City of Fremantle Art Collection presents an expansive survey exhibition into the digital print practice of award-winning artist and 2014 FAC Print Award Winner Gosia Wlodarczak. Featuring Wlodarczak’s ‘process capsules’, these prints, photo collages and an animated sound drawing will be exhibited alongside the photography of Longin Sarnecki whose work visually explains Wlodarczak’s process. Drawing upon works produced over the past nine years, the exhibition will also include a new piece made in response to a Collection print by Polish/Australian printmaker Lidia Groblicka (1933-2012). Opening Night: 22 September 6.30PMExhibition Run: 23 September - 12 November
Beautiful Contemporary Art Gallery. Representing some of Australia's best established and emerging Artists, we specialize in unique, colourful kiln formed glass sculptures and wall panels, hand blown vessels and nudes, original oil and acrylic paintings, metal free standing sculptures and vibrant jewellery. Arguably the most beautiful private Art Gallery South of the River, we are situated in the midst of South Fremantle's cafe strip, just 1.5kms South of the Fremantle City Centre, with easy parking and on the free CAT bus route. A "must see" if you delight in art, creativity and beauty.
Pigeonhole first opened in October 2007 as a tiny, one-stop fashion and gift store tucked away in a heritage arcade in Perth. Founder, Johann Kim, a then 25-year-old Perth local, sought to create a unique retail experience drawn from years of travelling the far corners of the globe. Now with 7 stores around the country, a wholesale office in Sydney and a production office in Seoul, the Pigeonhole story is a David & Goliath tale where the youthful energy of a motely crew of ‘twenty something’s’ has managed to defy all odds and grow into a multi-national business and community.