Events & Festivals

Childrens Writing Workshop for 9-15 year olds

Meet the workshop facilitators, Mike and Joy Lefroy at the Kidogo Arthouse, on Bather’s Beach. Take a short walk to the Western Australian Museum - first the Shipwreck Galleries and then the Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay. You’ll learn about some of the special artefacts and the amazing stories created around them – then you’ll get to write your own! Award winning author Mike Lefroy will discuss how the objects in the museums inspired him and other authors to develop stories that are based on history. Then he will guide you through a writing workshop so you can begin to…

In Search of the Vigilant Film

Possibly the most charismatic of the Fenians, John Boyle O’Reilly was moved from Fremantle to Dardanup. With the help of the Bunbury priest Fr Patrick McCabe and local farmers, O’Reilly planned to escape on the whaling ship Vigilant. In a dramatic re-enactment of these events, local film makers and actors give voice to the struggle O’Reilly faced at this time.This hour long show includes a movie, story telling and recitation of O’Reilly’s Poetry by Lachlan Kelly and discussion with members of the John Boyle O’Reilly Association. Rating: PG

Flying Camel Comedy Night

Head down and have a laff’ upstairs at the Two Sparrows Bar every second Tuesday of the month for Flying Camel’s Open Mic Comedy Night! Flying Camel Comedy is a cutting-edge comedy outfit that offers a refreshing approach to novice and semi-professional comedy. The goal is to revolutionise the Perth open mic comedy scene during 2017. Upstairs at the Two Sparrows Bar. Free entry.

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Commemoration Ceremony

Wednesday 10 January 2018 marks the 150 year anniversary of the arrival of the convict ship Hougoumont in Fremantle. It will be the moment when we pause to remember all who arrived on the Hougoumont, the Noongah people of the south west and those who were here in Fremantle. 9.00am: Descendants and Festival Supporters meet on Bather’s Beach, north of Kidogo Arthouse 9.30am: Commemoration Ceremony begins 10.30am: Walk of the Descendants and Supporters to Fremantle Prison (transport available if needed) 11.30am: Fremantle Prison acknowledgement of Fenians and their descendants Invitation to view ‘The Wild Goose’ and Exhibition of Transportation 3.00pm:…

Art Heroes Da Vinci Senior Workshop

Be inspired by the paintings, drawings and inventions of this Renaissance artist. Explore engineering and different media to make your own masterpieces. CLASS INFORMATIONFor students: Aged 10 to 12 years oldDate: Wednesday January 10thTime: 3 Hour Workshop starts @ 9.30AMFee: $45 (This fee covers all art supplies and tuition.) USEFUL INFORMATIONThis class is messy. Please wear old clothes or bring an art shirt.Sometimes we make art outside. Please bring a hat. Making art makes kids hungry! Please bring a little snack for morning tea. Everyone is welcome - physical and neurological diversity is beautiful. Please let us know if you…

Art Play | Clay |Tiny Studio

In this unstructured class you are free to explore art and making with clay at your own pace. A professional artist will be on standby to help if you get stuck. CLASS INFORMATIONFor students: Aged 3 to 5 years old & their Parent / CarerDate: Wednesday January 10thTime: 1 Hour Art Play starts @ 10amFee: $15 (This fee covers all art supplies and entry for 1 adult & 1 child) USEFUL INFORMATIONThis class is messy. Please wear old clothes or bring an art shirt. Sometimes we make art outside. Please bring a hat. Adults stay and participate with their tiny…

Summer Holiday Jam Time at Penny Lanes

Come along & learn how to jam!   A great way to make new friends & have fun at the same time.  Learn the fundamentals of playing as a group. You will learn some classic tunes, make up your own band name, then create your own original song together. At the end of the session we will play a mini-concert for our families.   Pack some snacks and come along for 3 hours of musical fun! Wednesday & Thursdays in January Commences Jan 10th. 11.30 - 2.30pm  $40 

Summer Songwriting Circles for Teens & Tweens

School Holiday fun for the big kids ... Come along & enjoy a session of self-expression through words & music. Explore a variety of styles and their lyrical & melodic content. Inspire each other as you create your own songs. For the absolute beginner through to experienced young musicians, this circle is a supportive & creative space for sharing ideas & encouragement. You can do just one session or book in as many times as you like & enjoy different group dynamics. Every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from the 10th to the 26th January 2018 from 3-6pm.

Art Heroes Kahlo Senior Workshop

Be inspired by the sketchbooks and paintings of this Surrealist artist. Explore dreams and emotions to create beautiful, strange masterpieces. CLASS INFORMATIONFor students: Aged 10 to 12 years oldDate: Thursday January 11thTime: 3 Hour Workshop starts @ 9.30AMFee: $45 (This fee covers all art supplies and tuition.) USEFUL INFORMATIONThis class is messy. Please wear old clothes or bring an art shirt.Sometimes we make art outside. Please bring a hat. Making art makes kids hungry! Please bring a little snack for morning tea. Everyone is welcome - physical and neurological diversity is beautiful. Please let us know if you have any…

Art Play | Clay | Junior Studio

In this unstructured class you are free to explore art and making with clay at your own pace. A professional artist will be on standby to help if you get stuck. CLASS INFORMATIONFor students: 6 to 9 years oldDate: Thursday January 11thTime: 1 Hour Art Play starts @ 10amFee: $15 (This fee covers all art supplies) USEFUL INFORMATIONThis class is messy. Please wear old clothes or bring an art shirt. Sometimes we make art outside. Please bring a hat. Everyone is welcome - physical and neurological diversity is beautiful. Please let us know if you have any special needs or…

Maritime History Association Heritage Talks

The sailing ship Hougoumont in 1867-68 brought the last shipment of convicts, including 62 Irish political prisoners, to Western Australia. When she was built in Burma, some sixteen years earlier, she was of a design already somewhat old-fashioned. This talk examines why such a ship was chartered to carry convicts, the ancestry of “East Indies country ships”, and the unequalled reputation of Indian shipwrights in the 19th century. Talk by Nick Burningham of the Maritime Heritage Association followed by a Q&A session. Register online.

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Declan ORourke WA Maritime Museum | Fenians Festival

Supporting Acts: Fiona Rea  Declan O’Rourke is a highly successful Irish artist, acclaimed by his peers, and having achieved many plaudits with his five albums released to date. Declan’s soulful music, rooted in folk and trad, has attracted the praise of countless industry giants, including John Prine, and Paul Weller, among others. Fiona Rea has a passion for storytelling, connection and melody. Fiona’s songs are influenced by the Irish heritage and by a lifelong love of music and it's power to reach people beyond the isolation of circumstance. For Fiona, a song is a bridge between people, offering connection and embrace.

The Writer's Block (Songwriter's Showcase)

The Fremantle Writer's Block is a monthly singer-songwriter showcase proudly supported by Clancy's. With six artists from Fremantle and beyond performing in a round robin style, it's a whole night full of great song's plus some impromptu collaboration. Follow the Facebook page to check out this month's lineup. 

Tool by The BTools

🙏”It’s not enough! I need more!…” 🎉And so it is. Back by popular demand! Returning to the stage to do this one last time. 🎸Local lads, The B-Tools are performing all of TOOL’s greatest hits LIVE at The Newport, Fremantle, on Thursday January 11th. From the team that brought you Pearl Jam and A Perfect Circle, this is your last chance to experience the show that has mesmerized Perth’s TOOL faithful over the past year. 👍Ladies and gentlemen, this event is made from exclusive homegrown talent that you can only experience right here in W.A. The B-Tools execute the perfect…

Art Heroes Rousseu Junior Workshop

Be inspired by the naïve paintings of this Post-Impressionist artist. Explore the deepest jungle to create vibrant, wild masterpieces. CLASS INFORMATIONFor students: Aged 6 to 9 years oldDate: Friday January 12thTime: 3 Hour Workshop starts @ 9.30AMFee: $45 (This fee covers all art supplies and tuition.) USEFUL INFORMATIONThis class is messy. Please wear old clothes or bring an art shirt.Sometimes we make art outside. Please bring a hat. Making art makes kids hungry! Please bring a little snack for morning tea. Everyone is welcome - physical and neurological diversity is beautiful. Please let us know if you have any special…

Art Play | Ink | Tiny Studio

In this unstructured class you are free to explore art and making with ink at your own pace. A professional artist will be on standby to help if you get stuck. CLASS INFORMATIONFor students: Aged 3 to 5 years old & their Parent / CarerDate: Friday January 12thTime: 1 Hour Art Play starts @ 10amFee: $15 (This fee covers all art supplies and entry for 1 adult & 1 child) USEFUL INFORMATIONThis class is messy. Please wear old clothes or bring an art shirt. Sometimes we make art outside. Please bring a hat. Adults stay and participate with their tiny…

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Events and festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.