Fremantle Festival 2017

Fremantle Festival is a 10-day celebration of visual art, music, comedy, fashion and more with over 60 high quality and inspiring events presented in exciting venues across our unique port city.

Father's Day in Freo

Stuck for ideas on what to buy Dad or where to take him on Father's Day? How about a spot of shopping for that quirky present you'll only find in Freo and then of course you'll need to relax over lunch and a cold one......

Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue

A new international exhibition Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue reveals the story of the dramatic rescue attempt following one of history’s most devastating natural disasters – the eruption of Mt Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii in 79 AD. While many know of the tragic eruption that buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, very few know that the Roman Navy attempted to evacuate people affected by the eruption or of the navy’s important role in the success of the Roman Empire. The exhibition features rare artefacts from Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Bay of Naples in a breath-taking display which will include precious gold and jewellery, every-day household objects, as well as five haunting body casts of victims of the eruption, capturing their final moments. It also draws on the collections of leading Italian institutions to tell the fascinating story of the Roman Navy, which dominated the Mediterranean, as no other force has ever done. Developed in association with the Australian National Maritime Museum, Expona and Contemporanea Progetti, Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue will open at the WA Maritime Museum on 22 September 2017. WA Maritime Museum has prepared special events and premiere activities, as well as exciting school holiday activities to suit the most curious, playful and reflective museum visitors.   Book your tickets now!  Pricing Adults $20.00 Concession* $15.00 Child 5-15     $12.50 Child 4 and under   Free Family^          $60.00 * Concession applies to students, seniors and health care card holders. ^ Two adults and two children, or one adult and three children.  # EscapeFromPompeii

Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition

The travelling exhibition - ‘Let Me Be Myself, the Life Story of Anne Frank’ was compiled in Amsterdam, and tells the personal story of Anne Frank in the historical context of her time. The exhibition also specifically highlights the relevance of her story in contemporary society, particularly in relation to prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion. The exhibition is supported by a 25 minute video, displays including a booklet about the rise of the Nazism, a yellow six-pointed star which Jewish people were forced to wear, model of the Frank family’s hiding place and a replica of the original hand-written diary Anne received on her 13th birthday. Photo credit – Collection of Anne Frank Stiching

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Marcus Beilby | Sightings – City of Fremantle Art Collection

Following 2014’s Fremantle Realists exhibition, Marcus Beilby returns to FAC to resume his quest to reveal the fabric of everyday life through a visual language of finely tuned realism. Sightings brings together a body of new paintings and artworks from the City of Fremantle Art Collection which set intimate moments against a backdrop of public settings. Marcus Beilby is an established Fremantle-based realist painter who forged a career with like-minded image makers Ray Beattie and Ken Wadrop and exhibited nationally under the moniker of the High Street Studio Realists in the early 1980s. The City of Fremantle Art Collection, established in 1958, is the largest municipal collection in WA with over 1,400 works. The Collection’s focus on Fremantle artists and Australian prints celebrates the enduring importance of the visual arts to Fremantle.

Doing One Thing At A Time

Doing One Thing at a Time is a performance and installation, occurring and displayed within The 1897 Window Gallery. Over two months Fiz Eustance will spend an hour or more every day within the gallery space (which will be set up as a studio), crocheting. When Fiz is not within the gallery the space will be on display in its studio form, and viewers will be able to watch as the crocheted object gradually evolves. This work is an attempt to spend time consciously, to escape from the idea that we must multitask in order to be productive, and to sit and make without distraction.  Fiz Eustance is an artist living and working in Fremantle, Western Australia. She is interested in creating art that is personal, poignant, and relevant to the people in her community - Art that encourages meditation on time, emotions, and interpersonal connections/disconnections.

Ball & Chain

The Ball and Chain is Fremantle's newest old pub and is one of the most important sites in Western Australia - it housed the first 75 convicts arrived in Fremantle on 1 June 1850.  ​In 1896 the building on the site was first used as a Hotel and later became a well-known corner pub ‘Hubbles’ after its owner; a meeting place for the working class of Perth’s Fremantle suburb with boxing tournaments out the back and dock-workers picked up on the veranda who sat on the timber benches still outside today.   Over the years, the Pub has been beautifully restored, highlighting some of the unique features of yesteryear and tastefully decorated with warm timber and copper finishes. The main bar has the original timber from the Matilda Bay Brewery right here in Fremantle. The Ball and Chain has the widest range of Matilda Bay Craft Beer on Tap – brewed as it was 30 years ago out of Port Melbourne Vic. Complimented with a wide range of bourbon, scotch, rum and other enjoyable spirits, the new Ball and Chain Bar continues to enjoy patronage for what it was built for – serving great drinks and food with a smile to its customers as it did over 100 years ago.

Fiona Omeenyo Ancestors Spirits

Fiona Omeenyo draws on the culture and story-telling of her home community at Lockhart River in northern Queensland to make paintings of the spirits of both living and past occupants. Her approach is highly individualistic, creating amorphous figures that merge into the environment and the background. A room full of her paintings creates the sense of movement and activity, the ongoing world of spirit forms and human endeavours. Fiona’s style uses figurative elements that have a mythical, abstracted feeling, where the figures are carved or etched into the background layers of paint to become part of the landscape. She bases many of her paintings around the ancestral Creation stories of her homelands, as told to her by her uncle. Fiona defines these ancestral stories as “true stories ... things that really happened … before time.” Fiona says of her paintings that show images of birds – “Elders say that when we pass, our spirits leave us and fly into the sunset.” In the paintings from this series the Elders have taken an ethereal bird-like form as they fly over the sun-kissed land, their wings gilt with light, towards the rich red sunset.

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Missy Moos Burger bar

Gourmet burgers made fresh to order with premium local ingredients and lots of love and attention. Come in and meet our friendly staff

Casa Rialto

CasaRialto has evolved into a unique fashion and accessory outlet, with a focus on nature fabrics, quality and affordability. Fashion ranges such as Dearangel & Hikari are exclusive to CasaRialto in Australia, as is the Rialto range which is sourced from quality European designers. The jewellery on display at CasaRialto is unique as it is from designers who generally sell into the European or American market. CasaRialto bags, shoes and accessories are either designed by us, or are selected because of their difference.

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