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It's Fremantle festival time

Expect a lot from the Fremantle Festival (27 October to 5 November). It’s not just a celebration of Fremantle–place, people and culture. The 10-day boutique festival also features festivals within the festival.

High Tide, for example. Fremantle’s inaugural visual arts biennale leads the charge in the programming of high quality, thought provoking events–around 60 in all. Music, comedy, performance, visual arts and talks are all in the mix of free and ticketed offerings.

...immerse yourself in visual art, absorb some of the best Australian music or bring your family to Fremantle for a day of fun, the 2017 Fremantle Festival really does offer something for everyone...

Ports have always been places of transition–the exchange of goods and ideas; the ebb and flow of people. High Tide emerges from this context, and the brand new visual arts biennale will include an impressive range of site–responsive works from both local and international artists.

Forget small canvases; the buildings along Fremantle’s High Street will be the backdrop for Swiss artist Felice Varini as he brings his internationally–renowned ‘optical illusion’ art to this year’s festival. Varini will create a large scale exterior artwork spanning 800 metres of High Street.

In addition to a stellar visual arts program, the Fremantle Festival boasts an impressive line–up of Australian musicians including The Jezabels and local favourites Koi Child, while Justin Townes Earle (USA) will bring an international flair, with support from Joshua Hedley and Ruby Boots.

The beauty of the oldest songs, dances and language in the world will transport audiences to another place, as fires burn long into the evening and people come together to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture. The Wardarnji Festival opens the Fremantle Festival once again with a dynamic display of Nyoongar music, dance and storytelling on the South Lawn of Fremantle Arts Centre.

Representing good, honest and quirky Australian humour, Frank Woodley and Sam Simmons will each stage stand–up comedy shows to tickle the funny bones of attending audiences.

 

City of Fremantle Festivals Coordinator, Kathryn Taylor, says the combination of over 60 events and experiences, and Fremantle’s unflagging appetite for the arts, conspire to make this year’s event program one of the most impressive.

“We’re very proud to bring to life a Festival that will provide a platform for so many levels of creativity. Whether you want to immerse yourself in visual art, absorb some of the best Australian music or bring your family to Fremantle for a day of fun, the 2017 Fremantle Festival really does offer something for everyone,” she says.

Alongside the huge range of performances, Kings Square will host community events such as The Great Fremantle Race, with a pop-up bar that will run all festival long.

A full program of events can be found at www.fremantlefestival.com.au

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Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue

This new international exhibition Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue features amazing artefacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Bay of Naples in a breath-taking display which includes precious gold and jewellery as well as five haunting body casts of victims of the eruption, capturing their final moments.

Many know of the tragic eruption that buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under huge waves of volcanic ash and debris, preserving them and their residents for 2000 years.

However, very few know that the Roman navy attempted to evacuate people affected by the eruption or its important role in the success of the Roman Empire.

The amazing story is told through the words of the Roman Navy’s commander of the fleet Pliny the Elder and his nephew. Pliny was a Roman politician and author who witnessed the event and created the only surviving first hand account of the disaster.

There is a packed program of activities to suit the most curious, playful and reflective museum visitors. From After Dark events to pizza making classes, from improvisation to virtual reality, the Museum will have something for everyone.

Connecting with Roman–Italian culture, the WA Maritime Museum will also be joining the Blessing of the Fleet and Little Italy by the Sea Festivals to offer special events and premiere activities including the Fashion Gala event as a part of Little Italy by the Sea festival and a photographic exhibition.

For more information on Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue exhibition click here.

Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue is developed in association with the Australian National Maritime Museum, Expona and Contemporanea Progetti. The exhibition is open until 4 February 2018.

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Freo's Street Artwork

You’ll notice Freo’s urban art as soon as you arrive in the city. Artwork adorns the sides of buildings, pubs, malls and unexpected places.

The phenomena started in the 80’s when Western Australia’s first major community wall mural, Greenpiece was commissioned by PRAXIS, an artist collective based in Pakenham Street. The space hosted artist studios, exhibitions and performances and was one of Fremantle’s earliest warehouse conversions.

It was around this time that local artists were creating colourful chalk paintings on walls of Fremantle’s cafés.

International artists were also moving to Fremantle and new movements such as the Australian Centre for Concrete Art (AC4CA) were born over a coffee. AC4CA transformed uninspiring walls into large abstract paintings, including Queensgate Carpark. 

Jump forward to 2013 and Fremantle was becoming renowned for a large collection of illicit art on warehouses and buildings forming colourful street-scapes. The City of Fremantle made a controversial decision to adjust their anti-graffiti stance to one that distinguishes between graffiti and street art. 

Not only did it preserve existing work that contributes to the culture and vibrancy of the city, it’s resulted in the growth of Fremantle’s collection, with significant works commissioned and completed in public places, car parks, alley ways, fences and private homes. Highlights include the portrait of Dame  Dorothy Tangney etched onto the Norfolk Hotel by Vhils and the explosion of colour created by the FORM 2015 public art program

The Explore Fremantle Street Art trail is a self-guided walking trail that catalogues much of the street art throughout the city.  

NB You might need to hire a bike or jump on the free CAT bus to see them all. Share your favourites with us on Instagram (#Fremantlestory).

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A taste of Freo | Chilli and Lemon Prawns

Thanks to Bottega's Chef Jamie Galloway for sharing this delicious recipe for 'Chilli and lemon prawns served on peas and mint mash with goat cheese and crostini' with us.

We were lucky enough to sample this mouth watering dish and will definitely be trying it at home! 

Ingredients prawn marinade

1 lemon, zested
1 finely dices long red chilli
3 garlic cloves finely diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of salt

Ingredients pea and mint mash

500 grams of green peas
25 leaves of roughly chopped mint
60 grams of butter

Additional ingredients

8 slices of baguette buttered and chargrilled or pan fried (crostini)
8 large prawns
100 grams of goat cheese
Red garnet micro herb for decoration (optional)

Method

  1. Marinate prawns for 1 hour.
  2. Blanch green peas for 2 minutes in salted water then drain: add mint and butter with 2 pinches of salt.
  3. Crush the peas slightly to soften.
  4. Gently fry prawns in the marinade with 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Plating

  1. Place crostini on the plate.
  2. Top with green pea mash.

  3. Place prawns and pan juices on pea mash.

  4. Garnish with goat cheese and red garnet micro herbs.

Buon appetito

Ed
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A taste of Freo | Roasted Beetroot Salad

This recipe for roasted beetroot salad is shared by head chef Kenny McHardy from Manuka Woodfired Kitchen on High Street. Kenny hails from New Zealand and everything on the menu is prepared in a woodfired oven and local, seasonal ingredients.  

Roasted beetroot salad with manuka wood smoked yoghurt, baby kale and pomegranate

Equipment for smoking
1 smoke gun

Ingredients
1 kg beetroot - small to medium size, washed thoroughly
500 ml Over the Moon organic yoghurt
1 pomegranate
200 gm baby kale
2 tablespoon olive oil
Seasoning (see below)

Seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed

Method
Preheat oven 220 deg C
Drain yoghurt into colander that's been lined with kitchen towel and place over bowl to catch whey.
Place small beetroot in oven proof pan with tablespoon olive oil, 1 cup water and most of the seasoning. Cover with lid or tin foil and roast in pre-heated oven until you can insert a skewer into flesh.
Leave to cool briefly, then peel off the skin.
Once peeled put back in clean pan with kale and roast together for 6-7 minutes.
Take yoghurt out of colander and place in bowl with teaspoon salt and whisk. At this point you can use it as is or you can add flavour by using the smoke gun for 5 minutes with a flavoured wood such as manuka, jam wood or apple.
Spoon a bed of yoghurt on the plate, then place beetroot and kale evenly on top of yoghurt and build up.
Sprinkle all of the pomegranate on beetroot and drizzle with olive oil, serve immediately.

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Quirky ways to explore Fremantle

Short on time or looking for a new perspective on the place you know and love? Here’s a few quirky ideas for exploring Freo.

 

Fremantle Tourist Wheel

The subject for many a photographer (day and night) you can’t miss the iconic wheel on Esplanade Reserve. Jump into a pod and do a circuit that will take you to a height of 40 metres. At the top most peak you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views across the city, Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle Harbour and on a clear day, right across to Rottnest Island.

Check out this video of Lucy Peach filmed in one of the pods of Fremantle Tourist Wheel as part of a special Fremantle edition of the RTRFM View From Here Series.

Invisible Cities Fremantle

Launched as part of Fremantle Heritage Festival, this engaging and interactive app reveals experiential tales you can listen to as you walk through Fremantle’s streets. From escapee chooks running down Essex Street to children ‘fishing for tourists’ from the rooftops of Cliff Street during the America’s Cup or a chaotic recollection of a boating trip up the Swan River gone wrong. Download the app from the App Store (for iPhones) and Google Play (for Android) and allow ‘push notifications’ to be told when you are near a story site.

Segway Tours WA (Fremantle)

In simple terms, the Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered, electric vehicle. The feeling of riding Segway is a little more indescribable. The name is derived from the word ‘segue’, meaning smooth transition. Guided tours leave from 2 Marine Terrace (just outside WA Shipwreck Museum) and offer an experience in weightlessness as you roll on by.

Fremantle Food Tours

From start (ers) to desert, these walking tours introduce you to some of Fremantle’s great food spots and the stories behind the business. Enjoy a meal with fellow tour participants over six locations with a chance to walk it off between courses. It’s a little different than your standard walking tour.

Fremantle Tram Tours

In the early 1900’s, trams were the main form of public transport in Fremantle, operating services from the Fremantle Municipal Tramways building on High Street (opposite the Round House) throughout the city centre and surrounding suburbs.

In 2017 you can have a tram experience aboard Fremantle Tram Tours. The Hop-on-Hop-off tour drops you at key spots throughout the city including WA Maritime Museum, Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Visitor Centre with the added benefit of entertaining drivers delighted to share their stories and anecdotes of Fremantle.

During Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series (every Thursday night in July) you can enjoy a tram ride around Fremantle listening to some of WA’s finest acoustic musicians. Find the tram stop on High Street outside the Buffalo Club. Spaces are limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

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