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Sharon Shannon Band with special guest Susan ONeill

Sharon Shannon Band, with special guest Susan O’Neill in a Double Bill Concert.  Sharon Shannon is a name synonymous with and entrenched in the culture and fabric of Traditional Irish Music. Sharon’s journey with her accordion and love for music has led her to become one of the world’s most highly acclaimed traditional musicians, and her personality has led her to be one of Ireland’s most well-liked and popular national treasures. From her debut self-titled album in 1991 to her most recent “Sacred Earth” album, her work demonstrates a wide-ranging number of musical influences. Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. Her work demonstrates a groundbreaking mix of traditional Irish with reggae, country, Native American, bluegrass, cajun, rap, dance, French Canadian and African. The prodigously gifted Susan O’Neill is aso from County Clare, Ireland. Her soulful & husky-voiced performances are truly something to behold. Using guitar, harmonica, trumpet and a loop pedal, Susan delivers a timeless and powerful blend of the old and new. Her inspirational fusion of soulful Irish folk and her own acclaimed original material makes for an entertaining and enchanting musical experience. Her solo performances are literally mind-blowing. The amazing range of her gritty vocal combined with her superb guitar technique, her loop pedals and trumpet, make for a truly unforgettable musical experience. Don't miss this very rare oppportunity to hear two incredible artists in concert together.

Walyalup Artist in Residence Sharon Calgaret

Meet and see local Nyoongar Artist, Sharon Calgaret in action at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Sharon creates beautiful artwork on canvas, pots and anything else she can get her hands on, using a mix of traditional and contemporary painting techniques. Sharon is the Artist in Residence at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre on February 12, 20 and March 3, 10, 26, 27.

Medicine for the Mind

According to Buddha all disease and suffering, mental and physical, are caused by our negative minds. Normally our negative minds can feel deeply ingrained, but through connecting to Medicine Buddha we can experience the pure nature of our mind, heal ourselves of these inner diseases, and be able to help others do the same. This empowerment is a beautiful guided meditation, during which we will receive the blessings of Medicine Buddha, the embodiment of all enlightened healing energy. We will also learn to engage in the profound tantric practice known as self-generation, through which we awaken our own potential to become an enlightened healing Buddha.

Fremantle’s best Christmas shopping ideas

For Christmas shoppers that love a list or those preferring to browse–here’s Fremantle’s best Christmas shopping ideas and tips to relax and enjoy the festive season... 12 things you can only buy in Fremantle Did you know 92.9 FM’s Ryan Jon lives in Freo? He’s been checking out gift ideas and found 12 things you can only buy in Fremantle (we quite like the sound of that baby rattle). There’s nothing like open air shopping Fremantle is without doubt Western Australia’s best open air shopping experience with the Freo Doctor gently blowing, cafés with parklets and lots of choices for a mid shop pit stop. Where else can you tick off your Christmas shopping and head down to Bathers Beach House to relax. Put your toes in the sand, enjoy a 'long jetty iced tea' and watch the sunset (**sigh**). Shop with the family Make the list, plan your stops using our beautiful Fremantle shopping map (↓), and set the reward for the kids when you’re all done (the icecream at Gabriel Chocolate is a winner). There's markets, boutiques, small and large stores where the kids can pick out something special even on a pocket money budget. Break it up with a run around the Esplanade - big kids at the skate park and little ones at the playground or maybe a ride on the wheel. ‘Santa’ might glean some clues for Christmas gifts along the way. Christmas markets, cooperatives and collectives and uber cool gifts Fremantle is home to many creative peeps and the markets, cooperatives or collectives are a haven for gifts from local makers and artisans. Look for them at MANY 2.0, FOUND at Fremantle Art Centre, Common Ground and The Artisan Store on High Street or check out the list on our shopping pages . Pick up the turkey, the ham and everything else for the table - in Fremantle Whether you bring the people you love together with an Aussie style BBQ or traditional sit down dinner, clove studded hams, plump turkeys, cherries or flowers for the table are waiting at gourmet stores, grocers and delicatessens in Freo. Get an early start at Frank’s on Wray Ave or pop into Kakulas Sister and Little Sister, Freo’s purveyors of groceries and fine foods from around the world. Head over to our groceries and fresh food pages to find more.  Gifts for the impossible to buy for! For folks that have everything - experiences hit the mark. A season pass to Luna on SX, tickets to Spare Parts summer show Moominpappa at Sea, a headlining act at Fremantle Arts Centre’s 2019 events program or splurge on a night or two at one of Fremantle’s boutique hotels. Find more inspo here. Light up your Christmas spirit Amidst the pre Christmas frenzy it’s lovely to stop and enjoy the season. Light up your Christmas spirit at the free annual City of Fremantle’s Candlelight Carols (this year at Fremantle Oval). Kidogo Arthouse brings in songstress Kavesha Mazella and guest musicians for Carols & Christmas songs on the deck and Fishing Boat Harbour is hosting a special Christmas Festival through December with carollers, circus acts, Christmas lights and markets. Check the Fremantle story special events pages for new events added daily. That special something Creations Jewellery and Designers travel the world to find the best diamonds for bespoke pieces available in their High Street flagship store. Much sought after Australian South Sea pearls can be found at Kailis Australian Pearls in Fremantle’s West End precinct and Fremantle Opals have a stunning range of uncut pieces from some of the best opal fields in the world including Australia’s Lightning Ridge. #shopFREO competition Thought WA’s best open air shopping experience couldn’t get any better? Well you could also win $500 to spend in your favourite shop in Fremantle! Just ask for the unique code word in 85 + participating businesses when you spend $20 or more in one store. Enter your code word online (and wait for the call!). Two $500 prizes will be drawn each Friday right up to 21 December 2018.   Free parking Santa Keep an eye out for #freeparkingsanta and his elves as their annual visit from the North Pole kicks off in December. They’ll be making guest appearances right up to Christmas looking for shoppers to pay for their parking.


Special events

There are heaps of special events in Fremantle that cannot be missed from one off events, annual events including Fremantle International Street Arts Festival and special occasions to celebrate throughout the year. Want to know what’s on in Fremantle check out our event listings.