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.
Enter now for your chance to win one of 5 double passes to the special preview event of Artist Open House Fremantle (AOHF) on Friday November 11 from 3pm - 5pm and entry to the houses via the express lane during the event weekend. This VIP event is only open to sponsors, homeowners and Friends of AOHF so you can't even buy a ticket to this special preview! Artist Open House Fremantle (AOHF) is an annual community event where affordable art is shown and sold in private homes. Take our short self-guided walking trail, to see our carefully curated selection of local and interstate artwork. To enter all you have to do is click on the link and enter your details https://fremantlestory.wufoo.com/forms/z1bqv9u60kr1o3b/ Entries close 26 October 2016 at 5pm (T+C's apply). For more information on Artist Open House Fremantle 2016 click here. Artwork by Britt Dunbar. .
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Kicking off Fremantle Festival this year, Wardarnji is a dynamic and unique celebration of Indigenous Australian culture you won't experience anywhere else in Perth. Appreciate our place together through Nyoongar song, dance and storytelling as the fires burn into the evening. Bring your picnic rugs and chairs and get a good spot on the South Lawn to celebrate some of the oldest songs, dances and language in the world. Doors open: 5.30pmShow starts: 6.30pm
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. RTRFM and Cool Perth Nights present an ear pashing evening of stellar music at St John's Anglican Church in Kings Square. Featuring the interplanetary sounds of Felicity Groom, Marley Wynn (The Morning Night / The Triffids) and Rachael Dease, serial swooning is inevitable. Multi-instrumentalist Sam Maher playing the Hang, experimentalist and looper Sean O'Neill (Hang on St. Christopher) and the cosmic WAAPA Gospel Choir complete your astrophysical journey into the outer aural. Presale: $12.75 RTR FM subscriber / $17.85 generalDoor: $15 RTR FM subscriber / $20 general Doors open: 7pmShow starts: 7.30pm
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Waleed Aly is a broadcaster, author, academic, musician, recent Gold Logie winner and one of Australia’s premier public intellectuals. He is co-host of network TEN’s The Project and his writing regularly appears in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly. Waleed Aly’s opinion is the ‘go-to’ touchstone of our nation’s conscience. Speaking to contemporary issues affecting us all in our own beautiful Fremantle Town Hall don’t miss this opportunity to listen to the well considered and articulate beat of our national pulse. Doors open: 3.30pmShow starts: 4pm
Bernard Fanning is one of Australia’s finest and most awarded songwriters and lyricists, known for his brilliant solo work and being the lead singer in seminal rock outfit Powderfinger. Fanning has made it his business to write and sing tunes that are emblematic of an intensely Australian psyche: he is a national rock treasure. Fremantle Festival is proud to announce Bernard Fanning in concert to celebrate the release of his third studio solo LP, Civil Dusk at the Fremantle Arts Centre. This special concert will showcase new songs from Civil Dusk for the first time in a live arena, alongside some trusty pearlers from his extensive song book, which spans twenty-five years. Doors open: 6pm Show starts: 6.30pm
Joni in the Moon’s infinitely layered musical universe sings of a cosmos that’s out of this world. Astro siblings Joni and Josh Hogan have an ethereal spin on folktronica, world beats and poptronica leanings that have seen richly deserved comparisons with pop’s more creative luminaries. They are here amongst us now but for how long before the magnetic tides of stardom carry them away? Fremantle Festival anchors them for us, for now. Don’t miss this special event in the beautifully gothic St Johns Church near the festival hub in Kings Square. Doors open: 7pmShow starts: 7.30pm
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Curtin University. You must love a thing before it is lovable... Funny, fierce and fantastical, The Secret in the Wings is filled with stories of love, cruelty and transformation. Fusing drama, puppetry and live music into a highly visual performance framed by the classic story Beauty and the Beast, this visually-intriguing performance explores the most profound lesson of fairy tales: that you must love a thing before it is lovable. This Australian premiere presentation showcases the emerging artists from Curtin University’s Theatre Arts program and is co-directed by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Philip Mitchell and Curtin's Leah Mercer. The Secret in the Wings was created by Tony Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow writer/director Mary Zimmerman and is now re-created by this talented collaborative team suitable for audiences 13 and above.
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Like a fruit tree sprouting new branches upon an ancient root, C.W. Stoneking welds a blues all of his own into a potent art form. With an authenticity that singes its rhythms into your underwear C.W. writes and performs songs drenched in the skeletal marrow of the blues of yesteryear archived in three albums: King Hokum, Jungle Blues and, his latest, Gon’ Boogaloo. The Fremantle Town Hall, with all its turn-of-the-century splendour, is the perfect venue for this time blitzin’ troubadour. Doors open: 8pmShow starts: 9pm
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- 28 Oct 2016
- 29 Oct 2016
This year’s iconic Blessing of the Fleet will be kissed on both its cheeks by Little Italy by the Sea, a mini festival and celebration of the magnificence, cuisine and piazzas of the Italian seaside. Explore the feisty and fulsome nature of Italian culture as Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Bathers Beach are transformed into bustling piazzas. Experience Australia’s finest baristas competing in the prestigious Australian Specialty Coffee Championships and many fine pop-up restaurants. Stop by Kidogo Arthouse for the Long Italian Lunch by the Sea from midday to 4pm and the Life is Beautiful! Dinner Party from 6pm to 10pm. A spectacular vista of Italian cuisine, music, art, dance, culture and breathtaking fireworks awaits you!
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- 29 Oct to 29 Oct 2016
- 30 Oct to 30 Oct 2016