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Arthur Grady Display and Classic Car Show

In 1924 Fremantle bicycle maker Arthur Grady became the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia. Join other motor enthusiasts at the WA Maritime Museum to celebrate this incredible piece of local history. Collectors will be showcasing their veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles. Classic Customs and Hot Rods of Perth will be displaying some incredible classic cars and hot rods, and the Vintage Pram Society will be bringing along some beautiful prams. Arthur Grady Display and Vintage Pram 10am – 12.30pm Car Show 10am – 3pm

Quails Pearls

Students will learn the beautiful process of taxidermy in this two day workshop.  Preserve your very own adult quail to be displayed under a dome.  Learn about skinning, washing, defleshing, preserving the inside of the skin, and making a body form using plumbers hemp. You will adorn and decorate your specimen in a lavish style with gems, pearls and chains to create a magical creature.CLASS INFORMATION For: AdultsDate: 20/05/2018 & 27/05/2018Time: 2 day workshop starts @ 10.00 am - 5.30 pm Fee: $470 (This fee covers all supplies and tuition.) USEFUL INFORMATION - Chemicals, borax, acetone, formaldehyde - Please bring your own lunch. -…

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Fashion Artisans – Then and Now

Join our walking tour for a truly fascinating glimpse into the rich history of Fremantle’s makers of all things fashionable. Enter the studios of our present day makers and see how they apply their artistic talents into creating their own brand of desirable products. Hosted by the effervescent designer, Deborah Mckendrick, who has been a maker in Fremantle since the early eighties.                   

A Pirate's Life

Ahoy! Bring buccaneering stories to life through pirate myth busting, interactive pirate challenges, shipmate skills and general skulduggery in our Fremantle Heritage Festival special edition of Pirate Mania. This fun, interactive session will ask participants to challenge their common sense of where pirates belong in history, and explore some exciting stories that have nurtured the image of pirates in popular imagination. 

Ariane Palassis: Totem Vessels - Crocheting & Shaping

Ariane will teach the techniques of crocheting and shaping to create a freeform ‘totem’ vessel. From starting a piece, extend on the basic ‘knots’ and be introduced to crochet as a tool for sculptural expression. You are invited to bring along small objects and items to incorporate into your piece. Ariane Palassis’ practice follows her architectural interest in analysis of place as a repository of human memory and experience. Being Australian with Greek heritage, the displaced old world rituals, family mythologies and cultural traditions, plus bibliophilic tendencies all play a role in her work.  Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event,…

Kelsey Ashe Giambazi: Illustration & Textile Pattern Design

Guided through a series of exercises, you will draw botanicals, patterns, clothing, figures, faces and textile designs.Participants will experiment with a range of media to develop a mini-portfolio of textile and fashion designs plus a final finished 'signature' Illustration. As a multi- disciplinary artist, Kelsey Ashe Gaimbazi works across several disciplines in a signature style of decorative exoticism. Nearing the completion of her PhD in Art, she lectures at Curtin University in Fashion Illustration, the History of Costume, Textile Design and Fashion Design. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to…

Olga Cironis: Introducing Meaning – Embroidery & Stitching

A stitch is a single, complete movement of a threaded needle and is also the foundation of embroidery, the embellishment of fabric with needlework. Learn stitching and extend this skill into embroidery as an art form whereby the process adds meaning to the clothing, fabric or object. Bring some fabric of significance from home. Olga Cironis is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the murky undertones and impact of history and memory on identity. She examines ideas of belonging in today’s cultural globalisation –notably, appropriated histories and accepted attitudes in Australia’s cultural and social landscape. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part…

Sheree Dornan: Drawing on Japanese Boro – Hand Painting, Staining & Stitch

In Japan during the Edo period, family histories became embedded in garments through a process of patching, embellishing and repurposing cloth. Draw on this art of Boro; create a textile panel using hand painting and paint staining enhanced with stitch; an antidote to today’s fast-fashion industry. Sheree Dornan is an artist who employs digital and manual processes in the areas of painting and surface and garment design.  Her textile works have an heirloom quality with attention to detail and integral consideration of wastage, often using reclaimed items in design or production. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of…

Sunday Jazz Sessions at Creatures NextDoor

Wrap up your week with live jazz from 4:30-7:30 every Sunday at Creatures NextDoor. Enjoy our sharing styled menu, one of our beers and ciders or a great Aussie wine, put your feet up and soak up a sunset. Located just around the corner from the brewery, Creatures NextDoor is a cosy, relaxed lounge with a little bit of spunk. It boasts some serious views of the Fishing Boat Harbour – a perfect location for sunsets.  Love your music?  We also host live local bands every Thursday from 6pm. Come join us for some eclectic beats, drinks, nibbles, and a great evening soaking up the best Fremantle…

Festival Close: Kelp Bar, Kidogo Arthouse

We invite you to join us at the Kelp Bar to celebrate the close of the first Festival Initiate. Enter into the rear of Kidogo Arthouse to snuggle into this intimate beachside gem, opening its doors especially for the occasion. Enjoy nostalgic drink prices as you watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, digesting an epic day of learning and sharing.  This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists…

Truth, lies and secret histories A free talk by Dr Liz Tynan

Dr Liz Tynan’s powerful new book, Atomic Thunder, earned her the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian history. ‘Compulsive reading?’ wrote Phillip Adams, ‘Make that compulsory.  This is a brilliant book.’  In her compelling talk, guests will hear of the complex web that connected government secrecy, human folly, cultural bigotry, international scandal, and scientific arrogance in the nuclear age.  Join us for an evening in which we explore truth, lies and secret histories from Australia’s past. Dr Tynan is a historian at James Cook University and a former scientific journalist for the ABC and New Scientist.

Men of the West

With self-deprecating humour mixed with poignancy, subtle theatre, and some fine strong harmonies, it's time to extend your expectations of a male choir. Ancient Georgian folksongs, curious Stephen Taberner originals and unexpected arrangements of well-known favourites are all found in the repertoire of this 18-voice a cappella choir. Festival favourites in WA for more than a decade, and after successful seasons at Fringe World and sell-out shows at the Fly By Night Musicians Club, the Men, black and be-hatted, are here to amuse Fremantle with a manbag full of entertainment.

William Frederick Samson (1855 – 1900) of Fremantle

Former Mayor of Fremantle William Frederick Samson was of the first generation born in Fremantle, after his merchant father, Lionel, arrived in 1829.  In his relatively short life he played a prominent role in late nineteenth-century Fremantle. As a young man he joined the family firm, and married Katherine Scott, daughter of harbourmaster Captain Daniel Scott.  William Frederick played his part in the wider community, acting as the French Consul, was a Fremantle Councillor from 1883 to 1890, and was Mayor from 1892 to 1893.   His great-grandchildren, of the Samson Family History Group, welcome you to the cellar of…

National Hotel History Tour

Join us for a fascinating tour of the National Hotel.  Built in the late 1800s and almost completely devastated by a fire in 2007, this building has been magnificently restored. Come and hear the chequered history of this iconic Fremantle hotel, including the numerous murders, fires and deaths that have taken place over the years.   The tour finishes with a visit to the breathtaking rooftop, with 360 degree views over Fremantle. Be sure to bring your camera!  Stay for lunch afterwards and enjoy a meal and drink for just $20.                   

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