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.
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.
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.
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)
George Tuckerbox presents his paintings from the Great Sandy Desert at Japingka Gallery, opening on Friday 2 September. While Tuckerbox has exhibited with his fellow community artists since 2003, this will be his first solo show. Tuckerbox lives at Wangkatjungka in the south-east corner of the Kimberley and made his first paintings in mid 1990s. He walked in from the desert with his family when he was a child. His recognition maps of the desert are his testimony to his ancestral desert homelands.
From the creators of Bib & Tucker comes May Street Larder, the newest addition to the burgeoning wider East Fremantle food scene. The Larder offers a fresh take on fun and thoughtful dining, with a focus on seasonal foods and the best local produce Western Australia has to offer. Open for breakfast and lunch, customers can expect an ever-changing menu, plus a broad range of food items prepared daily from seasonal salads, raw treats, cooked meats, rustic pastries and more. May Street Larder strives for balance above all else in its menu, serving up a mixture of raw, paleo, and organic foods, with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure. Gourmet sandwiches, CocoWhip, twice cooked crispy pork belly, pies, smoked ocean trout, quiche, and house-made chocolate, are just some examples of what to expect when dining, at May Street Larder. Wash it all down with house-made sodas and Kombucha on tap, plus Campos coffee, available as takeaway or dine in. Also open for dinner every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (and fully licensed!) customers can expect a menu inspired by the streets and cuisine of Harlem, NYC!Bookings required: please call or email to book.
Just like the sky and waters of the Great Southern Ocean, where Shane Howard was raised and resides, his latest CD, ‘Deeper South’, features songs full of music and poetry that are deep and dark, yet illuminated by great shafts of light. For 35 years Shane Howard’s songs have mapped the human spirit and the Australian landscape. That landscape has been populated with rivers; raging rivers in flood, desert rivers running dry, deep rivers winding or forging their way to the sea. With ‘Deeper South’, these rivers are unbound and finally find their way to the sea. The musical landscape is as vast, mysterious and powerful as the Southern Ocean and Howard has found his true musical home. He is at his best. This is an album that redefines the boundaries of Australian folk music and reinvigorates it with poetic and musical mastery. The musical influences are as diverse as jazz, blues, country, Australian folk music and the deep well of traditional Celtic music. On his 13th solo album, Howard’s musicality and skill as a guitarist are also on display and are enriched by the accomplished playing of John Hudson (guitar, dobro, mandolin) and Ewen Baker (fiddle, mandolin). Recorded in Howard’s home studio, the trio played and played, to capture a live performance, rather than constructing studio tracks. With the live tracks down, long term music collaborator Ruben Shannon added Acoustic Bass and special musical guests, Peter Grayling and Rosie Luby added Cello, Tommy Carty, Bouzouki and Andy Richardson, Flute. Some tracks rock and roll, like a boat ploughing deep into Antarctic waters, set free from the troubles that beset the land, sailing wildly into the tempest of mighty squalls. Other songs are deeply meditative, like the calm, glassy, seas of Summer. Irish and Scottish tunes flow in and out of the entire record, like ocean currents. Lyrically, Howard sets out on a complex and diverse voyage through the human experience with meditations on the writings of St Paul, songs inspired from Sufi poetry, meditations on grief, songs set to the words of John Shaw Neilsen’s poetry and a pirate murder ballad set in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Stories with biting social commentary and dark satire sit alongside praise poems to both the feminine and the divine, like the hauntingly beautiful, ‘You’re The Love’, co-written with Russ Kunkel during the Carole King tour. Songs of tenderness and mercy stand beside tales of murder. In ‘Deeper South’ there is loss and longing, and love, in many forms and hues. There is raw power, subtlety and at times, the sublime. ‘Deeper South ‘ is a created world of powerful imagining and the music that propels the words and the narrative is equally masterful. This is true folk music, but not as we know it.