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2019 Alliance Franaise French Film Festival Perth

Each New Year heralds a sense of excitement and never more so than 2019 which marks the 30th anniversary of Australia’s most tantalising multi-cultural movie event, the Alliance Française French Film Festival. Screening at Palace & Luna Palace Cinemas from 13 March – 10 April, this cherished celebration of French culture will be presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and Unifrance Films. This very special Festival edition, which will showcase its innumerable delights across 12 distinct categories with self-explanatory titles ranging from “Paris Snapshots,” “Summertime,” “Lighten Up,” and “Critically Acclaimed,” will also present a selection of…

Fish & Sips Festival

Fish & Sips Festival is the perfect combination of food and festive atmosphere in what is the most quintessential WA location. The festival showcases the best of WA seafood with our finest local chefs to bring you an array of seafood dishes like you’ve never seen. We combine this with the best of WA’s wineries to complement the gourmet experience. Entertainment will run all day starting with mermaids swimming in from the beach for the kids in the morning to live music on the beach stage and chilled DJ sets on the beach. WHAT ELSE TO EXPECT? Kate Lamont Degustation Dinners Melissa from Young George on the sunset beach BBQ Long table seafood lunch Seafood and wine masterclasses Perth’s most sustainable (no single-use plastic here!) festival showcasing sustainable lesser known local fishing species Seafood 101 classes in the Sealanes kitchen and demonstrations from the best WA seafoodies Over 10 Wineries, 3 local breweries headed by the Gage Roads beach bar Perth’s best restaurants cooking directly for you So much more with the non-stop live music and Dj in multiple areas to complement the gourmet experience.

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Soul Festival 2019

Soul Fest lands at South Beach Fremantle for an enlightening weekend of live music, yoga and consciousness. Your day or weekend pass provides full access to all sessions on our two stages, including a huge variety of yoga, ecstatic dance and movement, meditation and sound healing. Bring the whole family to enjoy our kids yoga and circus play! Book your tickets now!

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Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival

 As you wander through Fremantle in early January, make sure you listen carefully. You’ll hear the sweet sounds of one of Ireland’s greatest fiddlers, Martin Hayes and the echo back from his musical confidante, American guitarist Dennis Cahill as they capture the essence of traditional Irish music in a contemporary rhythm to uplift your spirits. Focus again and you’ll pick up the enchanting, rich melodious voice of gifted, Irish singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke. If you know something about the hidden treasure spots of the West End, you might uncover the textured language of one of Ireland’s best loved poets, Tony Curtis.  There’s…

Fremantle invites you to come to the fire

Fremantle Festival returns this year with a series of events bringing people together in a celebration of community. Immerse yourself in the colour and pageantry of the Blessing of the Fleet, discover the beauty of Australian Indigenous culture at Wardarnji or bring the family down to a blaze on the beach with the return of Kraken. Wardarnji is a dynamic experience of Nyoongar storytelling and dance. For the first time, the City of Fremantle presents Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire, inviting audiences to gather around many fires to enjoy intimate performances, including song, spoken word, puppetry and dance. This is a taste of what’s to come, with the Fremantle Festival set to move to the depths of winter in 2019, with a ten-day immersive experience of wild art and hidden treasures. Intimate spaces, port history and cosy corners make Fremantle an ideal place for a winter festival.  This year’s three-day festival format will pave the way for the transition to an expanded ten-day format in winter in 2019.  Now in its 113th year, Fremantle Festival is Australia’s longest running festival and continues to evolve as a celebration of one of the most unique cities in the world and its extraordinary community.  Wardarnji | 26 October, 6.30 pm (gates open 5.30 pm), Fremantle Arts Centre 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. Blessing of the Fleet | 28 October, from 2 pm, procession begins at St Patrick’s Basilica 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 8 pm. 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. Kraken | 3 November, from 1 pm, Bathers Beach & Arthur Head Kraken is a blaze on Bather’s Beach centered around the Kraken effigy – a sea monster emerging from the sands. Kraken is a free community event that delivers a small taste of the Blazing Swan Festival presented by the Fremantle based Blazing Swan Inc. Each year this not-for-profit organisation produces the regional Burning Man in Kulin, Western Australia. Surrounding Bather’s Beach the Blazing Swan theme camps offer entertainment and food.  You are invited to wander the fires enjoying the elements and the voices of Fremantle. Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire | 3 November, from 6 pm, Maritime Tafe Carpark, Fleet Street 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. The 2018 Fremantle Festival will run on 26 October, 28 October and 3 November, with a series of free community events. For more information, visit – fremantlefestival.com.au. 


Festivals

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