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Freo's Street Artwork

You’ll notice Freo’s urban art as soon as you arrive in the city. Artwork adorns the sides of buildings, pubs, malls and unexpected places.

The phenomena started in the 80’s when Western Australia’s first major community wall mural, Greenpiece was commissioned by PRAXIS, an artist collective based in Pakenham Street. The space hosted artist studios, exhibitions and performances and was one of Fremantle’s earliest warehouse conversions.

It was around this time that local artists were creating colourful chalk paintings on walls of Fremantle’s cafés.

International artists were also moving to Fremantle and new movements such as the Australian Centre for Concrete Art (AC4CA) were born over a coffee. AC4CA transformed uninspiring walls into large abstract paintings, including Queensgate Carpark. 

Jump forward to 2013 and Fremantle was becoming renowned for a large collection of illicit art on warehouses and buildings forming colourful street-scapes. The City of Fremantle made a controversial decision to adjust their anti-graffiti stance to one that distinguishes between graffiti and street art. 

Not only did it preserve existing work that contributes to the culture and vibrancy of the city, it’s resulted in the growth of Fremantle’s collection, with significant works commissioned and completed in public places, car parks, alley ways, fences and private homes. Highlights include the portrait of Dame  Dorothy Tangney etched onto the Norfolk Hotel by Vhils and the explosion of colour created by the FORM 2015 public art program

The Explore Fremantle Street Art trail is a self-guided walking trail that catalogues much of the street art throughout the city.  

NB You might need to hire a bike or jump on the free CAT bus to see them all. Share your favourites with us on Instagram (#Fremantlestory).

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A taste of Freo | Chilli and Lemon Prawns

Thanks to Bottega's Chef Jamie Galloway for sharing this delicious recipe for 'Chilli and lemon prawns served on peas and mint mash with goat cheese and crostini' with us.

We were lucky enough to sample this mouth watering dish and will definitely be trying it at home! 

Ingredients prawn marinade

1 lemon, zested
1 finely dices long red chilli
3 garlic cloves finely diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of salt

Ingredients pea and mint mash

500 grams of green peas
25 leaves of roughly chopped mint
60 grams of butter

Additional ingredients

8 slices of baguette buttered and chargrilled or pan fried (crostini)
8 large prawns
100 grams of goat cheese
Red garnet micro herb for decoration (optional)

Method

  1. Marinate prawns for 1 hour.
  2. Blanch green peas for 2 minutes in salted water then drain: add mint and butter with 2 pinches of salt.
  3. Crush the peas slightly to soften.
  4. Gently fry prawns in the marinade with 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Plating

  1. Place crostini on the plate.
  2. Top with green pea mash.

  3. Place prawns and pan juices on pea mash.

  4. Garnish with goat cheese and red garnet micro herbs.

Buon appetito

Ed
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A taste of Freo | Roasted Beetroot Salad

This recipe for roasted beetroot salad is shared by head chef Kenny McHardy from Manuka Woodfired Kitchen on High Street. Kenny hails from New Zealand and everything on the menu is prepared in a woodfired oven and local, seasonal ingredients.  

Roasted beetroot salad with manuka wood smoked yoghurt, baby kale and pomegranate

Equipment for smoking
1 smoke gun

Ingredients
1 kg beetroot - small to medium size, washed thoroughly
500 ml Over the Moon organic yoghurt
1 pomegranate
200 gm baby kale
2 tablespoon olive oil
Seasoning (see below)

Seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed

Method
Preheat oven 220 deg C
Drain yoghurt into colander that's been lined with kitchen towel and place over bowl to catch whey.
Place small beetroot in oven proof pan with tablespoon olive oil, 1 cup water and most of the seasoning. Cover with lid or tin foil and roast in pre-heated oven until you can insert a skewer into flesh.
Leave to cool briefly, then peel off the skin.
Once peeled put back in clean pan with kale and roast together for 6-7 minutes.
Take yoghurt out of colander and place in bowl with teaspoon salt and whisk. At this point you can use it as is or you can add flavour by using the smoke gun for 5 minutes with a flavoured wood such as manuka, jam wood or apple.
Spoon a bed of yoghurt on the plate, then place beetroot and kale evenly on top of yoghurt and build up.
Sprinkle all of the pomegranate on beetroot and drizzle with olive oil, serve immediately.

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Quirky ways to explore Fremantle

Short on time or looking for a new perspective on the place you know and love? Here’s a few quirky ideas for exploring Freo.

 

Fremantle Tourist Wheel

The subject for many a photographer (day and night) you can’t miss the iconic wheel on Esplanade Reserve. Jump into a pod and do a circuit that will take you to a height of 40 metres. At the top most peak you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views across the city, Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle Harbour and on a clear day, right across to Rottnest Island.

Check out this video of Lucy Peach filmed in one of the pods of Fremantle Tourist Wheel as part of a special Fremantle edition of the RTRFM View From Here Series.

Invisible Cities Fremantle

Launched as part of Fremantle Heritage Festival, this engaging and interactive app reveals experiential tales you can listen to as you walk through Fremantle’s streets. From escapee chooks running down Essex Street to children ‘fishing for tourists’ from the rooftops of Cliff Street during the America’s Cup or a chaotic recollection of a boating trip up the Swan River gone wrong. Download the app from the App Store (for iPhones) and Google Play (for Android) and allow ‘push notifications’ to be told when you are near a story site.

Segway Tours WA (Fremantle)

In simple terms, the Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered, electric vehicle. The feeling of riding Segway is a little more indescribable. The name is derived from the word ‘segue’, meaning smooth transition. Guided tours leave from 2 Marine Terrace (just outside WA Shipwreck Museum) and offer an experience in weightlessness as you roll on by.

Fremantle Food Tours

From start (ers) to desert, these walking tours introduce you to some of Fremantle’s great food spots and the stories behind the business. Enjoy a meal with fellow tour participants over six locations with a chance to walk it off between courses. It’s a little different than your standard walking tour.

Fremantle Tram Tours

In the early 1900’s, trams were the main form of public transport in Fremantle, operating services from the Fremantle Municipal Tramways building on High Street (opposite the Round House) throughout the city centre and surrounding suburbs.

In 2017 you can have a tram experience aboard Fremantle Tram Tours. The Hop-on-Hop-off tour drops you at key spots throughout the city including WA Maritime Museum, Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Visitor Centre with the added benefit of entertaining drivers delighted to share their stories and anecdotes of Fremantle.

During Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series (every Thursday night in July) you can enjoy a tram ride around Fremantle listening to some of WA’s finest acoustic musicians. Find the tram stop on High Street outside the Buffalo Club. Spaces are limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

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Connecting to culture

'Kaya, wanju' (hello, welcome)…a Nyoongar greeting to celebrate NAIDOC Week with its theme this year of ‘our languages matter’. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and every July, communities around Australia organise events and activities to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. So 'alliwah' (look out) for NAIDOC Week celebrations in Fremantle from 2– 9 July.

We’ve collected a few more ideas to connect with culture in Walyalup (Fremantle) throughout the seasons of Makuru (June/July) and Djilba (August/September):

Language classes

There is no better way to understand a culture than to learn the language. Nyoongar is the language spoken by people of the Walyalup area and is one of many Australian Aboriginal languages that is endangered. The Meeting Place in South Fremantle runs regular beginner classes.

Manjaree walking trail | Arthur Head Reserve (free)

'Kya Wanju Nichia Nyoongar wardan bidi, winjalla gnulla kaatidj bal gwabbanijow.' This is the Nyoongar coastal trail, where our knowledge is put right.

A self guided walking trail is part of the Nyoongar coastal trail which stretches across Western Australia. The Manjarree walking trail consists of five information points describing Aboriginal history of the area.

Fremantle Indigenous Heritage Tour

Take a journey to the time of the Wadjuk, the traditional custodians of Fremantle, Perth and the Swan River. Hear the ancient Dreamtime story of the Nyoongar people, follow the story of Yagan (Wadjuk Warrior) and Midgegooroo (Wadjuk Elder of the Beeliar people).

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre (WACC) (free)

The WACC is located on a significant traditional camping and trading place as well as in the area where Captain Fremantle arrived and settlement began in 1829 and where Whadjuk Nyoongars shouted "Warra Warra" (bad, bad!) to European arrival. The centre exhibits local Nyoongar artist’s work and offers programs and classes run by Aboriginal people.

Weaving workshop

Be inspired by traditional culture to create your own artwork, learn traditional Nyoongar weaving using different natural fibres or make your own jewellery using bush nuts. Art classes run at Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre each term.

Events coming up

King of Hearts | 17 Jun–2 July, Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery (free)

Kings of the Hearts is the first solo exhibition by proud Ballardong Noongar artist Greg Barr. Having recently completed a residency at FAC, Barr has developed a unique blending technique using acrylics, resin, pastels, watercolours and oil crayons to create abstract and emotive works.

Yinjaa–Barni Artists 2017 | Japingka Gallery | 26 May–30 June (free)

Yinjaa-Barni artists from the Pilbara region of Western Australia tell the traditional stories of their homelands along the Fortescue River. Their paintings tell of the great Marrga or creation era when the land was formed from the smoke of the ancestor’s fires. Also worth seeing is Warakuna Artists & Lorna Fencer running from 21 July–31 August.

NAIDOC Week Launch 2 July | Hilton PCYC (free)

Family friendly launch, filled with music, fashion, food and a special damper cook off. A Fashion Showcase produced by the Noongar Arts Aboriginal Corporation Western Australia will be held with a catwalk show of their most recent collection.

NAIDOC Week word search 2–9 July (free)

By the time you’ve completed this word search you’ll know all the Nyoongar seasons plus some basic greetings. Bonus is the chance to win one of 5 double passes to Winterworld on the Esplanade Reserve.

Sean Choolburra–live in the heart of Hilton | 7 July

A friendly evening of high energy comedy and dance from one of Australia’s funniest comedians, Sean Choolburra performs at Fremantle PCYC. Bookings essential, tickets $10.

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