It’s been ages coming but summer is HERE! We've got you covered (literally) with our fab and quirky collection of thongs, hats and togs from Fremantle’s gorgeous shops. Next stop is the beach but before you head out read up on what’s special about each of our beaches–they’re all quite different and there’s one or two you may not know about. We've highlighted a couple of those ‘off grid’ places that only the locals know about, the warehouse district of Knutsford Street Precinct and North of North Fremantle. Keep us posted with your summer fun and #Fremantlestory. You might end up in our captures section! 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.
Events & Festivals
Kurun Warun's paintings of culture and environment use colours inspired by natural resources and cultural body markings. Kurun Warun continues the great Aboriginal tradition of telling stories of the people and their environment, how they lived in their country and managed its resources. Kurun Warun refers to his work as “living culture – our story”. His use of colour reflects the primary resources of the people – red, black and white are used to convey cultural body markings and structures found in nature.
Nature play is here to stay! Moore and Moore café, Moores Building Contemperary Art Gallery Paper Bird Childrens Books and Art, Inkling Art Space and Nature Play WA have joined forces to create a beautiful hidden courtyard right in the heart of Freo. A dream for people with little ones! Here’s a hub where you can enjoy a coffee, fabulous food, art, the best children’s books, fantastic kids art classes and a gorgeous nature play area. You can relax with friends and your kids can be themselves: climbing, digging, swinging and creating.
Sculpture at Bathers is back! In its biggest testament to home grown WA talent, the biennial exhibition returns to Bathers Beach, Fremantle from 25 February - 12 March 2017. For two weeks, over 80 of our state's most talented sculptors will come together in this unique coastal setting, Our vision is to engage the whole community, to deliver a significant and distinctively West Australian contemporary sculpture survey and an accessible and unforgettable cultural event. Large-scale, robust outdoor works will line the limestone cliffs, along Bathers Beach, stand in the open courtyard, timber boardwalks and winding paths. Inside the historic galleries of Kidogo Arthouse smaller scale, more intimate works will be on display. In a Sculpture at Bathers highlight, guest sculptor Cameron Robbins will install a signature kinetic artwork, harnessing natural forces: see https://cameronrobbins.com More of Cameron's works will be on display inside the foyer of the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges (our first Principal Corporate Sponsor) who will host our inaugural satellite exhibition featuring works by 19 sculptors. Furthring our community connections, inaugural artist-in-residence Thomas de Munk-Kerkmeer settles in at Little Creatures from Thurs 16 Feb - Mon 20 Feb. Thomas will captivate the crowds whilst finalising his work for installation at the main exhibition at Bathers Beach. Children and adults alike will 'Follow the Shimmer' to Fremantle as our magical and monumental 1.5 tonne bronze sculpture pops up in four surprise locations from Perth to Bathers Beach from 16 Jan. There will be something for everyone in this celebration of West Australian culture and boutique village destination - guided artist tours, children's activities, the return of the popular 'Kelp Bar' at Kidogo Arthouse, vibrant social events and much more. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram @sculptureatbathers / Twitter @sculptureAB Tags: #sculptureatbathers #followtheshimmer #distinctivelyWA #bathersbeach
Smaller works will be on display inside Kidogo Arthouse. There will be something for everyone in this celebration of West Australian culture and boutique village destination - guided artist tours, children's activities, the return of the popular 'Kelp Bar', vibrant social events and much more. Tags: #sculptureatbathers #followtheshimmer #distinctivelyWA #bathersbeach
More of guest sculptor Cameron Robbins works will be on display inside the foyer of the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges (our first principal corporate sponsor) who will host our inaugural satellite exhibition featuring works by 19 sculptors. Tags: #sculptureatbathers #followtheshimmer #distinctivelyWA #bathersbeach
Tanami Desert artists of Yuendumu & Nyirripi tell the great Warlpiri stories of Jukurrpa Dreaming sites. Warlpiri artists from Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert were amongst the first community groups to take up the desert art movement that spread from Papunya.The stories of the Warlpiri Jukurrpa traditions have remained strong and artists of the community have continued to paint and record the traditions of their ancestors. Artists from the smaller outlying community of Nyirripi have joined with Yuendumu artists and from 2010 they have brought a new and fresh layer of storytelling to the great Warlpiri stories that they share…
Sahaja yoga defines meditation as a state where you are both completely conscious and completely without thought. Join us on South Beach, down the track between the dunes, just west of the South Beach Cafe (look for the green sign).In this natural and inviting setting, you'll participate in guided meditation and a few gentle stretches. Classes are ideal for beginners and experienced meditators alike. These summer classes are run by the same team who hold Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes on Thursday nights at the East Fremantle Tricolore Community Centre.
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If your perfect Saturday morning begins with some fresh coastal air, a little meditation, perhaps a PT session, yoga class or water based fun, then visit Wellness by the Water, by Mirvac, on Saturday 25th February at Leighton Beach, North Fremantle.Celebrate summer and our incredible WA coastline, with FREE health and wellness activities from 7am – 11am, right in front of the Indian Ocean.Mirvac invites you to take part in outdoor yoga classes, meditation sessions, beach & surf activities, and personal training groups.Additionally, we’ll have COMPLIMENTARY bicycle servicing, tai chi demonstrations, and health & wellbeing check-ups too by our freinds at HBF! Check out the schedule below and visit Wellbeing by the Water on Feb 25th from 7am. Get a taste of the Leighton Life with your favourite class, or simply grab a bliss ball and a smoothie, & enjoy the view. If you are taking part in any of the classes, we recommended you bring the following;Essentials to bring:- Work out gear or comfortable Saturday attire.- A yoga mat (or a towel)- A positive attitude and a smile- Beach attire for any water activitiesSchedule for the day:7:00am- Yoga and Meditation Class with Ava Irani @ Spanda School. (Sales office precinct)- Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club open to visitors.- Captain Walker Cycles bike servicing.8:00am- Taoist Tai Chi demonstrations (Leighton Beach Park)- Cherish U Yoga and Live music for healing to commence on Oceanside Park. - HBF Wellness station operational. 8:15am- Yoga and Meditation Class with Ava Irani on Leighton Beach.9:00am- Core Fitness classes commence on grass in Surf Club precinct.9:30am- Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club beach activities commence.11:00am Event concludes :)Live the Leighton life more permanently and checkout our website at:http://leightonbeach.mirvac.com/
Join us for yoga at the beautiful South Beach, Fremantle. Beach Yoga classes are a moving meditation in the sun, flowing with the breath and taking the time to relax and experience each posture. Suitable for all levels, including beginner students. Start your weekend enjoying your yoga practice in nature at the beautiful South Beach! Classes are located at Ocean Road, South Fremantle, just north of the South Beach Cafe. 7am to 8am Saturday throughout summer
SurfBabies and SurfKids are fun, interactive 6 week programs aimed at children from 2-7 years of age and their parents to increase awareness, confidence and safety at the beach. Participants must be accompanied by a parent at all times and classes are altered to suit abilities. If you're a parent who is unsure of the beach environment then you and your child will benefit immensely. All classes are instructed by fully qualified Surf Lifesavers. This is a great way to ensure everyone feels safer at the beach coming into the summer months. Programs run for 30mins on Saturday mornings for 6 weeks. Timeslot is dependent on age of child. SurfBabies Level 1 - 2yrs - 8.30-9.00am SurfBabies Level 2 - 3 yrs - 9.10-9.40am SurfBabies Level 3 - 4 yrs - 9.50-10.20 SurfKids Level 1 - 5yrs - 10.30-11.00am SurfKids Level 2 - 6-7yrs - 11.10am-11.40am
Learn how to set up waterwise drip irrigation in your own backyard with expert irrigator David Jenkins. Set in the growing grounds of the White Gum Valley Community Orchard, the workshop will give you hands on experience with setting up drip irrigation as you help with a section of the Orchard's existing retic. Come join us for a pleasant morning in the orchard as we learn a new skill, share some morning tea and enjoy being together in nature. Please bring a hat, closed toe shoes, sunscreen, shovel, gloves and a wheelbarrow if in walking distance. See you there!
Merchants and sailors have crossed the Indian Ocean for thousands of years and 70% of the world’s goods continue to do so today. This vast expanse of water was the world’s first highway and has been the centre of world economy for millenia, but how well do we know it? This exhibition takes you on your own journey across the Indian Ocean to discover its rich history through ancient objects and stories about its traders, explorers and the many different peoples who inhabit its shores.
Mixed-media artist Megan Henry and photographer Melanie English asked participants to describe their experience of mental illness using visual descriptions. Using these anonymous questionnaires the artists attempt to capture the emotion and experience of the individual with the all important aim to destroy the stigma surrounding mental health and create important conversation.
In a world full of movement the space between two points is constantly being traversed. SPAN brings together five WA artists whose work reaches out – transitioning across margins which are personal and global, political and geographical – between self and others, artist and viewer. Comprising work from Susanna Castleden, Olga Cironis, Tanya Lee, Clyde McGill and Andrew Sunley Smith, SPAN traverses the connection and disconnection of boundaries while mapping the passage of the journey. A life-size print of a cruise ship gangway, a series of sculptured industrial engine parts, human hair woven on a loom, neighbours grooming each other…
Events and festivals
Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.