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Sunday Jazz Sessions at Creatures NextDoor

Wrap up your week with live jazz from 4:30-7:30 every Sunday at Creatures NextDoor. Enjoy our sharing styled menu, one of our beers and ciders or a great Aussie wine, put your feet up and soak up a sunset. Located just around the corner from the brewery, Creatures NextDoor is a cosy, relaxed lounge with a little bit of spunk. It boasts some serious views of the Fishing Boat Harbour – a perfect location for sunsets.  Love your music?  We also host live local bands every Thursday from 6pm. Come join us for some eclectic beats, drinks, nibbles, and a great evening soaking up the best Fremantle…

Festival Close: Kelp Bar, Kidogo Arthouse

We invite you to join us at the Kelp Bar to celebrate the close of the first Festival Initiate. Enter into the rear of Kidogo Arthouse to snuggle into this intimate beachside gem, opening its doors especially for the occasion. Enjoy nostalgic drink prices as you watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, digesting an epic day of learning and sharing.  This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists…

Truth, lies and secret histories A free talk by Dr Liz Tynan

Dr Liz Tynan’s powerful new book, Atomic Thunder, earned her the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian history. ‘Compulsive reading?’ wrote Phillip Adams, ‘Make that compulsory.  This is a brilliant book.’  In her compelling talk, guests will hear of the complex web that connected government secrecy, human folly, cultural bigotry, international scandal, and scientific arrogance in the nuclear age.  Join us for an evening in which we explore truth, lies and secret histories from Australia’s past. Dr Tynan is a historian at James Cook University and a former scientific journalist for the ABC and New Scientist.

Men of the West

With self-deprecating humour mixed with poignancy, subtle theatre, and some fine strong harmonies, it's time to extend your expectations of a male choir. Ancient Georgian folksongs, curious Stephen Taberner originals and unexpected arrangements of well-known favourites are all found in the repertoire of this 18-voice a cappella choir. Festival favourites in WA for more than a decade, and after successful seasons at Fringe World and sell-out shows at the Fly By Night Musicians Club, the Men, black and be-hatted, are here to amuse Fremantle with a manbag full of entertainment.

William Frederick Samson (1855 – 1900) of Fremantle

Former Mayor of Fremantle William Frederick Samson was of the first generation born in Fremantle, after his merchant father, Lionel, arrived in 1829.  In his relatively short life he played a prominent role in late nineteenth-century Fremantle. As a young man he joined the family firm, and married Katherine Scott, daughter of harbourmaster Captain Daniel Scott.  William Frederick played his part in the wider community, acting as the French Consul, was a Fremantle Councillor from 1883 to 1890, and was Mayor from 1892 to 1893.   His great-grandchildren, of the Samson Family History Group, welcome you to the cellar of…

National Hotel History Tour

Join us for a fascinating tour of the National Hotel.  Built in the late 1800s and almost completely devastated by a fire in 2007, this building has been magnificently restored. Come and hear the chequered history of this iconic Fremantle hotel, including the numerous murders, fires and deaths that have taken place over the years.   The tour finishes with a visit to the breathtaking rooftop, with 360 degree views over Fremantle. Be sure to bring your camera!  Stay for lunch afterwards and enjoy a meal and drink for just $20.                   

Kangaroo A Love-Hate Story

This ground breaking film reveals the truth surrounding Australia’s love-hate relationship with its beloved icon. The kangaroo ‘image’ is proudly used by top companies, sports teams and tourist souvenirs, yet as they hop across the vast continent many consider them pests to be shot and sold for profit. KANGAROO unpacks a national paradigm where the relationship with kangaroos is examined. Special community screening of KANGAROO A Love-Hate Story at Luna on SX.  https://www.facebook.com/kangaroothemovie/ http://kangaroothemovie.com

Voicebox 28 May

Voicebox at Café@The Rose features special guests Angelina Bong & Carol Millner + open mic + fab food & drinks. Ground floor at the Rose Hotel - parking front and rear, 200m from North Freo train station. 6.30 pm for café, 7–9 pm for poetry. 

VOICEBOX 28 MAY 2018

Voicebox poetry at Café@The Rose features special guests Angelina Bong & Carol Millner + open mic + fab food & drinks, 6:30 for café, 7–9pm for poetry $10/ $6

Fish Guts and All

Explore the undercurrents that created the fishing industry in Freo. Where the fishermen and women mended and made their nets, processed their fish and refitted their boats. Where the cane was steamed to form craypots. Stroll the streets and bus in style to places that used to be. Join Sandy McKendrick your host on this fishing adventure.                   

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Taking a Walk: A Recital Based on Memories, Remembrances, and Reminiscences

Join Emily Martin and Lisa Caravan for a performance of folk songs and classical repertoire exploring a narrative of lived experiences expressed through music.  American soprano Emily Martin and cellist Lisa Caravan both teach at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. Frequently performing in Europe and around North America, they are excited to bring a broad range of music to their performance at the Western Australia Maritime Museum.  Complimentary ‘Objects and Memories’ gallery tours available at 11am and 2pm

Gypsys Open Mic Performers Night

Now in our 5th year, this has become one of Freo’s much loved hubs for local musos. This week it’s a fully packed evening of great songwriters and performers. Al fresco live music with tasty tapas, organic wines, home brewed beers and amazing local music … that’s the Freo Style at Gypsys. Starts 7 pm and its FREE !

The Left Bank WINE CLUB May 2018

The Left Bank Wine Club, established in 2015, is a monthly club in our upstairs River Bar that brings together people from all over town who have one thing in common – they love wine! They’re keen to learn more about it and drink more of it… Join us for our next Wine Club, featuring Vineyard 28 on Thursday 31st May at 7pm in our upstairs River Bar. Enjoy a range of wine tastings, learn more about the vineyard and simply have an entertaining and interesting evening with friends  Tastings on the night will be presented by wine maker Mark Cumbers and…

The Hard First Days; Resource stress at the Swan River, 1829–1830

Peel Town was one of many coastal camps established by British colonists in 1829 near the Swan River.  Unlike those in Fremantle, Perth and Guildford, Peel’s community collapsed within 11 months. Poor planning, bad luck and dislike of Thomas Peel himself are thought to be the main reasons the settlement failed. However, excavations by Notre Dame’s archaeologists reveal that the community soon exhausted its essential resources, contributing to its failure. In this illuminating discussion, Dr Shane Burke will share results from his research at Peel.

As Long as the Dishes Are Washed; Fremantle’s Lunatic Asylum, 1858–1908

Patient treatment in Fremantle’s Lunatic Asylum during the 19th Century emphasised morality and work as a form of rehabilitation. Female patients, in particular, were told to scrub, launder, sew and wash to demonstrate they could conform to the ideal of womanhood. Their compliance was considered by medical staff to demonstrate a healthy mind—regardless of the patient’s mental state or violent behaviours. By comparison, those women who refused to participate in household tasks were often punished, and their refusal could result in continued incarceration. Using the astonishing patient records of the asylum, Alexandra Wallis will reveal acceptable and unacceptable behaviours of…

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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.