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Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire

As the sun sets over the Indian Ocean we will light fires to bring together the people of Fremantle.  Between the river and sea we will gather, the fires will light the way, keep us warm and centre our community stories. Each fire will host a performance of song, spoken word, puppetry or dance. You are invited to wander the fires enjoying the elements and the voices of Fremantle. Fremantle Festival is presented by the City of Fremantle. 

The Blessing of the Fleet

Watch the pageantry and splendour of the Blessing of the Fleet as this annual procession makes its way from St Patrick’s Basilica to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at 8pm. The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities to ensure a safe and bountiful fishing season. First celebrated in WA by an Italian migrant fisherman, the historical port of Fremantle has been the backdrop to the tradition for 70 years. Fremantle Festival is a City of Fremantle event.  


Let the beauty of the oldest songs, dances and language in the world transport you to another place, as fires burn long into the evening and people come together to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture. Wardarnji is a dynamic experience of Nyoongar storytelling and dance. Bring your picnic rugs and get in early for a good spot. Doors open 5.30 pm. Fremantle Festival is presented by the City of Fremantle.