Okay, so you’ve booked your tickets to the big names at this year’s festival, the likes of Bernard Fanning, Waleed Aly or Dan Sultan but in true Freo style you only need to scratch the surface and there’s way more to discover.
Fremantle Festival is moving to be a fully curated arts festival where all shows are selected to resonate with this place. In some cases the Fremantle Festival is the only place you can catch these quirky and unique performances.
With that in mind we’ve found five hidden gems at stunning Fremantle venues that we think you need to see...
The Secret in the Wings | 26 October–29 October
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.
Race Against Time | Sunday 30 October
Race Against Time presents the poignant times and moving music of a little known Great War soldier composer: Australian Frederick Septimus Kelly. A gold medal Olympian rower, awarded soldier, renowned pianist and brilliant composer–this performance will tell the story of how Kelly persisted with his composing before meeting his demise on the Somme.
Letters and diaries sensitively woven with the sublime music Kelly composed at war will be presented at the Fremantle Town Hall at this Western Australian exclusive event.
Songs, Travel and Journeys | Sunday 30 October
Mezzo Soprano Linda Barcan and pianist Chris van Tuinen interlock poetry and music in a deeply moving song cycle of discovery, loss and redemption. Beautifully backgrounded by the resonant acoustics of St John’s Anglican Church, Songs, Travels and Journeys is a suite of classical music fit for a port town.
Songs of the Suburbs, Songs of the Sea | Wednesday 2 November
Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe) fetches together some of Perth and Fremantle’s most distinguished tunesmiths and storytellers – amongst them MC Empty, the succulent Lucy Peach and legend Steve Parkin – for a profound and intimate night that weaves our streets, landscapes and lives together in a revealing musical portrait of a city.
Mbira Masters of Zimbabwe | Friday 4 November
Garikayi Tirikoti is a renowned master and innovator of the Zimbabwean thumb piano, the 'mbira'. Born into a family of traditional Shona healers in Zimbabwe, he began learning at a young age the cultural significance and application of the mbira through participating in all night 'bira' ceremonies with his elders. You can see Garikayi and his son Reason at the beautiful St John’s Anglican Church.