The spring edition marks our fourth edition and the start of sunny days and warmer weather. It also brings the start of the festival season in Fremantle. We’ve featured just a few festivals and events coming up over the next few months in our pull out event calendar (make sure you pop it on your fridge!). Fremantle Festival returns in October with a stellar line up of concerts and performances centred around a festival hub at Fremantle Town Hall. In the first of a four part series we are proud to share stories from the traditional owners of Fremantle or Walyalup as it is known to traditional owners, the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. Pull up a chair, grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy your spring read. The Fremantle story team The Fremantle story magazine is currently available at Fremantle Visitor Centre, cafés, cinemas, restaurants, hotels, universities and colleges in Fremantle and wider Perth metropolitan area.
Check your spring edition of the Fremantle story magazine now to see if you're the lucky one to find the Fremantle Festival VIP pass tucked inside the cover. The VIP pass entitles the winner to entry plus one to one show of their choice at Fremantle Festival......and to make a night of it we will treat you to a one night stay at the gorgeous Hougoumont Hotel in the heart of Fremantle, dinner and drinks at The National Hotel and Little Creatures Brewery. What a fabulous Fremantle Festival weekend! Are you the lucky one? To find our more about Fremantle Festival click here.
We’ve collected a snapshot of activities for all age groups including #Freo_Treasurehunt, school of puppetry workshops, weaving and printmaking. Remember that school holiday events continue to be added to fremantlestory.com.au so check for the latest updates.
In 2016, the Fremantle Festival will continue its evolution to become a fully curated arts festival highlighting Fremantle’s vibrant culture and providing inspiration for festival goers and artists alike. Centred around the festival hub at the Fremantle Town Hall and incorporating selected key venues such as the Fremantle Arts Centre, the ten-day festival presents a range of high quality and thought provoking ticketed and free shows. Festival favourites Wardarnji aboriginal cultural celebration, Children's Fiesta and the Street Parade will all be making a comeback alongside highlights of this year's program including speakers Waleed Aly, Clementine Ford and Stan Grant, music from Bernard Fanning, CW Stoneking and The Drones, a boundary pushing classical music program, a range of original theatre productions and much, much more! Tickets on sale now. Lotterywest has proudly supported Fremantle Festival for almost 20 years. It’s a great example of how money raised from the sale of Lotterywest games goes back to the community through grants to improve the lives of people throughout Western Australia.
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Fremantle's first float pod centre featuring 4 dreampods and 2 massage rooms. Conveniently located just a 5 mintute walk from Fremantle train station. Floating is the purest form of stress relief and relaxation available today. Each float pod contains 1000 litres of water with over 500 kilograms of dissolved Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate). This solution allows you to float effortlessly on the water’s surface. With the water and air heated to skin temperature (35.5°C), it is virtually impossible to distinguish where your body ends and the water begins. This in effect creates an extraordinarily relaxing environment that gives you the sensation of floating in zero-gravity.
At nine metres high, 19 metres long and tipping the scales at 66 tonnes, Rainbow is not your average public art piece. The sculpture, by prominent Perth artist Marcus Canning, is constructed from nine recycled sea containers joined to form an arch. Colourful and creative, the sea containers form the shape of a giant rainbow as a universal symbol of hope and inspiration as well as being a highly visible Fremantle welcome statement. The largest public art piece ever commissioned by the City of Fremantle, the $145,000 Rainbow is the jewel in the crown of more than 50 public art pieces throughout Fremantle, a city with a rich arts culture and well-known as a city for artists. In a complex engineering feat, the massive artwork was pieced together by cranes one container at a time on-site in Fremantle on Friday 12 August. Read more on the Fremantle story blog. See it for yourself at Beach Reserve adjacent to Canning Highway, overlooking the Swan River and the port! There’s plenty of parking at East Street Jetty. Rainbow... in the words of the artist “Rainbow is a new iconic entry statement for the portside City of Fremantle - visible from a range of major entry arteries - from the water, from the air, from rail as well as car. Its presence is as architectural as it is sculptural, awe inspiring for the pedestrian to engage with, a beacon of welcome that is instantly recognisable from afar.” Marcus Canning Music by Fait “Slow Glow”
A Night Time Tour of Fremantle Creepiest Places that includes a Fish and Chip Supper! Join us every Friday night as we take a torchlight tour of Fremantle's oldest buildings, with the tram seating converted to dining car style. With other stops and surprises along the way your driver will entertain you with the historic background of the buildings and tales of some of Fremantle's earliest residents, some of who may choose to put in an appearance! At each stop we take a torchlight walking tour of the grounds*. Included in your evening is a Cicerellos fish 'n' chip supper** and a soft drink served at your table. Tour Highlights: Fremantle Prison (A full Torchlight Tour with a prison guide) The Roundhouse - The first prison in WA Fremantle Arts Centre* (the Old Asylum) or Fremantle Cemetery (the final resting place of some notorious gaol residents)
Hair and Makeup salon The Catania Family has been in the Hairdressing industry for 45 years and have chosen Fremantle as their new home. We are proud manufactures of Australian Made haircare and award winning hairstylists. Catania Salon is now open in a beautiful upstairs studio 18-22 Adelaide street opposite the clock tower of the Town hall. The salon offers natural lighting and warmth from the polished floorboards which adds character and inspiration to the award winning hairstylist and makeup artists that work in the new salon.
The City of Fremantle Art Collection presents an expansive survey exhibition into the digital print practice of award-winning artist and 2014 FAC Print Award Winner Gosia Wlodarczak. Featuring Wlodarczak’s ‘process capsules’, these prints, photo collages and an animated sound drawing will be exhibited alongside the photography of Longin Sarnecki whose work visually explains Wlodarczak’s process. Drawing upon works produced over the past nine years, the exhibition will also include a new piece made in response to a Collection print by Polish/Australian printmaker Lidia Groblicka (1933-2012). Opening Night: 22 September 6.30PMExhibition Run: 23 September - 12 November
Fremantle Prison is one of WA's premier tourist attractions and in 2010 became the first building in Western Australia to be inscribed on to the prestigious World Heritage list as part of the Australian Convict Sites. In 2015 the Prison was announced as the gold medalist in the categories of Major Tourist Attractions and Cultural Tourism at the Western Australian Toursim Awards. Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991. The empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Visitors can "step inside and do time" with Fremantle Prison's experienced guides on a range of fascinating tours. Prison Day Tours highlight convict and prison life, daring escapes and colourful characters in tales laced with prison humour. Visitors with a spirit for adventure can descend 20 meters below the prison to explore a one kilometre labyrinth of tunnels by foot and by boat on a Tunnels Tour or delve into the darker side of the prison's history at night on a spooky Torchlight Tour. Fremantle Prison has been ranked 9th in a list of Australia's top 10 landmarks compiled by travel website TripAdvisor as part of the annual Travellers' Choice Awards! In addition to its guided tours Fremantle Prison also features exhibitions in the Prison Gallery, Interpretive Visitors Centre, onsite Cafe and an Award Winning Gift Shop. Visit the historic Fremantle Prison today!