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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. heritage tour

One of the world’s largest global shipping companies, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., recently completed extensive renovations to the Elders Building at 11 Cliff Street, Fremantle. MSC is aware that the refurbishment of this famous building created a lot of interest within the local community due to the size and scale of the project. The company has decided to showcase this amazing building and its history to all interested members of the Fremantle community and public during the Fremantle Heritage Festival. MSC will be offering two free guided tours through the building. Tour time approximately 45 minutes. Entry via main reception.  Please register your interest by emailing: james.granville@msc.com 

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Liv in style - Styling your apartment workshop

Join interior stylist Anna Flanders and a selection of home interior experts, for an inspiring session on how to dress your Liv apartments space using the latest trends and styles at affordable prices. You will have the opportunity to purchase items, receive discounts, tips and techniques when you move into your new apartment at Liv.

Fremantle Prison Art Tour

Join one of our experienced Guides for this exclusive tour showcasing convict and prisoner artwork, including Aboriginal and European Landscapes, Dot Paintings, Graffiti and Tattoo Art. Participants aged 18+ will receive a complimentary copy of 'Art Behind Bars: Murals and Graffiti of Fremantle Prison' inclusive of ticket price. *Due to the majority of the artwork being located upstairs this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs Warning: Please note some artwork on this tour contains graphic images and text which could be offensive to some people. This tour is not recommended for people who are offended easily or for younger children.

Sense & Spontaneity

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Austen plus impro equals a great time out! Join Austenphiles Esther Longhurst and Jessica Messenger on a joyful, 'Certified Boyfriend Friendly' romp through Sense and Spontaneity - the novelist's seventh and previously undiscovered novel... Completely unscripted and improvised, no two shows are alike! Come fall in love with this charming all-ages adventure full of bonnets, balls, romance and ridiculousness. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll bring your mum! She'll thank you. "A warm hug of an improvised show" - Stage Whispers SOLD OUT - FRINGE WORLD 2016 & 2017, FREMANTLE FESTIVAL 2014, and FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015, 2016.  

The Ghosts of Fremantle

Join Fremantle experimental music/arts collective Genrefonix for a fictional multimedia show featuring original horror music and soundscapes performed live alongside compelling imagery of Fremantle's architecture and its ghosts. See some of WA's most haunted buildings as photographed or filmed by Freo's residents and artists, brought to life through haunting tunes, eerie sound effects and imaginitive ghost portraits created for the show. Each ghost has a story, each building a unique ambience. Share in the history and creativity of Fremantle. Spooky fun! Witness if you dare! Reserve your free tickets now. Contributions to this show (photography, video, ghost actors, ghost portraits and stories) are welcome! Call Will on 0412571510 if you'd like to contribute.

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Kim Churchill

Globetrotting troubador Kim Churchill returns two WA with new single Breakneck Speed, the first taste of his forthcoming album to be released later this year. This will also be the first gig to be held in the freshly-restored Fremantle Town Hall. Written in Quebec during an emotional ‘up’ for Kim, it’s a fitting taste of a newly refreshed, energised Churchill, whose previous single Window To The Sky (from the album Silence/Win) hit #42 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2014.  Breakneck Speed is available digitally this Friday April 14 and to coincide with the release, Churchill will be embarking on a string of tour dates this May in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, and Perth in June. Churchill explained the atmosphere that inspired the track: “’Breakneck Speed’ was born in Quebec City. It was autumn and we were racing around the province through these tunnels of colour that all the maple trees had become. Most days were under this electric blue sky as well. I was kinda on the way up emotionally. I'd been tired for a while. Like a few months... It felt like we had played a bajillion festivals and toured forever. Everything was flying by in a blur that was disorientating. But by the time we had arrived in the Quebec fall, I was out in front again and really felt in awe of the whole world and how fast we were racing through it. Kinda like a top of the world feeling. That song became my celebration of it all.” At just 26, Kim Churchill has already made some incredible achievements in his time as a professional musician. Recognised as much internationally as in Australia, he has performed headline shows and festivals across the world including Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Montreal Jazz, Telluride Blues and Glastonbury, as well as supporting acts including Billy Bragg and Leo Kottke.  It’s a long way from the beginning of his career, when he traversed Australia in a campervan, undertaking a musical journey to share and connect with the Australian musical landscape. 2014 saw Kim release his fourth studio recording Silence/Win, a pre-eminent collection demonstrating a maturity and depth of song writing unparalleled by his previous works. The 2015 single Window to The Sky became an anthem for summer adventures and an instant festival favourite during Churchill’s continued touring both in Australia and abroad, notably selling out headline shows as well as supporting Nahko and the Medicine people throughout Europe and the UK. Window To The Sky was also remixed by French producer The Avener (best known for his ARIA top ten single Fade Out Lines),  and has over 1 million views online.

Vintage Adventure Travel Series - Pillock Conquers The World

A folk group buy an old bus as the ultimate ‘band van’. They load up their instruments and drive it to India, around Australia and then across the USA. This spectacular film comes from the pre-Shoreditch era when the fuzzy beard had but two legitimate homes: on either a lumberjack or a folk musician. Our story concerns the latter. Realising that Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday was essentially, beyond lame, this group of Hampshire daredevils pushed the envelope on what was possible in a vehicle that on the day they left, already had over 700,000 miles on the clock. Their DIY adventure credentials simply jump off the screen as they wend their way across Europe and Turkey, improvising bookings and even, whilst transiting Tehran, knocking out an impromptu gig for the Shah. This film is staggering at so many levels but one breathes endless sighs of relief at the fact that they had the good sense to film the whole trip on gorgeous 16mm Kodachrome stock. 

Drawing Workshops with Ross Potter

Ross Potter will be hosting FREE drawing workshops from the heritage listed J Shed on Sunday June 4th. 9-10.30 Children's Workshop 11-12.30 Teens/Adults Workshop. Join Ross Potter in his studio to view his artworks featuring the structural heritage of the Fremantle area and soak in the atmosphere of J Shed, once part of the Port and relocated to Bathers Beach in the 1960s, while you learn about the techniques and materials that Ross uses to capture the character of his subjects. Use the techniques you learn to create your own drawing of an aspect of the J Shed.   Places are limited and bookings are essential. Please email rosspotter@iinet.net.au to book. 

Gwyneth Ewens Art Award Exhibition

Gwenyth Ewens made a bequest to the City of Fremantle to promote art and architecture in the children of Fremantle. The bequest supports an annual competition for students in years 5 & 6 attending local primary schools. Students submit a painting or pencil sketch, depicting part or whole of an historic building in the Fremantle area. The resulting exhibition showcases the students' work. Prizes will be presented on Sunday 4 June at a launch ceremony from 2.00 - 3:30 pm.  Artwork will be displayed until Sunday 11 June.

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Here From the Beginning- A Tour of Old Fremantle's Jewish Past

Fremantle's Jewish connection goes right back to the beginning of the Swan Colony. Join us for a tour of the historic West End and hear some surprising stories of pioneers and pirates from the port's colourful past.  While the people are gone, the buildings remain as a constant reminder of the contribution they made to community life in Fremantle and beyond.

Butting Heads: History and Archaeology in Western Australia, a free talk by Dr Shane Burke

History and archaeology both contribute valuable knowledge to our understanding of human occupation in Western Australia. However, given the different methodological and theoretical standings of the two disciplines, sometimes their stories about the past are different.   Notre Dame’s popular archaeologist, Shane Burke, will reveal the fault lines between the two disciplines most responsible for making history, and share stories from the front line of our past.

Sunday at Guildhall

North Fremantle's beautiful heritage wedding venue, Guildhall, will host an afternoon of Jazz and old school cocktails, named with a nod to the literary legends that once graced the old town library shelves.