Events & Festivals

Literature Day Writings of the Fenians

‘Oh Generation of Freedom, remember us, The generation of the Vision.’ Liam Mac Uistin, Wall of Remembrance, Dublin What’s writing got to do with it? Well everything actually... it's how we know what happened on the Hougoumont voyage, it's how we know about the daring escapes and it’s the letters and newspapers of the time that tell us what Fremantle thought about these Irish arrivals. Poetry played a big part in the Fenian writings, and we’re honoured to have Ireland’s esteemed poet, Tony Curtis with us for the festival. Tony will reflect on the gift of Poetry and how it contributes to…


JAZZCO is a band obsessed with everything Jazz. They play Swing, Bebop, Blues, Latin, and Fusion Jazz.Their repertoire goes back to the Fifties to the present day, including names such as Cole Porter, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Brubeck, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Roy Hargrove and many more. They perform as a trio, quartet or quintet. They are a versatile band that can fill a dance floor with funky, modern Jazz or provide sophisticated lounge music for a more relaxing evening. The line up consists of: Ayodele – vocalsSteve Taylor – trumpet, trombone, keyboard and bassLyndsay Gould – alto and…

Aminah Hughes

Aminah Hughes is a celebrated songwriter and “strong, soulful singer”. She has performed with ensembles and orchestras and appeared on 10 albums in Australia and Europe. She returns to Australia after 7 years in Ireland, to share with us a collection of enchanting songs, both new and old. In this intimate evening performance, Aminah will perform songs she wrote during her time in Ireland, as well as some of her favourite songs from the Emerald Isle. She will be joined by award winning poet and storyteller Jaya Penelope. Jaya is a descendant of Fenian, James Kearney, transported to Fremantle in…

Fenian Heritage Trail Bus Tour

Join members of the John Boyle O’Reilly Association as they tell us the stories of courage, daring and escape. We’ll journey for a day out of Fremantle to the places of significance in this Fenian story. There’ll be a stop off at the John Boyle O’Reilly Heritage Trail at Australind, where O’Reilly survived in the bush awaiting the ship which would take him to freedom. We’ll see the places where O’Reilly worked building roads in Dardanup and visit the grave of Irish Pioneer Jim Maguire who bravely helped him escape. On the return journey to Fremantle we’ll stop off at…

STEAMSub Going Ballistic

Develop your engineering and construction skills with our ancient Roman naval ballista workshop! This crossbow of the high seas was built to sling missiles at enemy ships. Join us in making your own miniature ballista to take home and have fun with our test-firing challenges. Note: This workshop requires construction skills, ​techniques and equipment that are not suitable for younger children.Age: 10 – 14Bookings: Essential. Call 1300 134 081 or visit the website WA Maritime Museum entry fees apply.

Kids Film Song of the Sea | Fenians Festival

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world. Rated: G Suitable for age 6+ Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes Oscar nominated Director: Tomm Moore Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan

Kids Film Song of the Sea Rating G

Come and enjoy a free children’s movie Song of the Sea – Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world. Registering for the children’s film is essential, please go to There will be children’s storytelling sessions between 10:30am and 12:30pm. *Museum entry free. Entry charges to Pompeii exhibition apply.

Childrens Writing Workshop for 9-15 year olds

Meet the workshop facilitators, Mike and Joy Lefroy at the Kidogo Arthouse, on Bather’s Beach. Take a short walk to the Western Australian Museum - first the Shipwreck Galleries and then the Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay. You’ll learn about some of the special artefacts and the amazing stories created around them – then you’ll get to write your own! Award winning author Mike Lefroy will discuss how the objects in the museums inspired him and other authors to develop stories that are based on history. Then he will guide you through a writing workshop so you can begin to…

In Search of the Vigilant Film

Possibly the most charismatic of the Fenians, John Boyle O’Reilly was moved from Fremantle to Dardanup. With the help of the Bunbury priest Fr Patrick McCabe and local farmers, O’Reilly planned to escape on the whaling ship Vigilant. In a dramatic re-enactment of these events, local film makers and actors give voice to the struggle O’Reilly faced at this time.This hour long show includes a movie, story telling and recitation of O’Reilly’s Poetry by Lachlan Kelly and discussion with members of the John Boyle O’Reilly Association. Rating: PG

Flying Camel Comedy Night

Head down and have a laff’ upstairs at the Two Sparrows Bar every second Tuesday of the month for Flying Camel’s Open Mic Comedy Night! Flying Camel Comedy is a cutting-edge comedy outfit that offers a refreshing approach to novice and semi-professional comedy. The goal is to revolutionise the Perth open mic comedy scene during 2017. Upstairs at the Two Sparrows Bar. Free entry.


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Commemoration Ceremony

Wednesday 10 January 2018 marks the 150 year anniversary of the arrival of the convict ship Hougoumont in Fremantle. It will be the moment when we pause to remember all who arrived on the Hougoumont, the Noongah people of the south west and those who were here in Fremantle. 9.00am: Descendants and Festival Supporters meet on Bather’s Beach, north of Kidogo Arthouse 9.30am: Commemoration Ceremony begins 10.30am: Walk of the Descendants and Supporters to Fremantle Prison (transport available if needed) 11.30am: Fremantle Prison acknowledgement of Fenians and their descendants Invitation to view ‘The Wild Goose’ and Exhibition of Transportation 3.00pm:…

Art Heroes Da Vinci Senior Workshop

Be inspired by the paintings, drawings and inventions of this Renaissance artist. Explore engineering and different media to make your own masterpieces. CLASS INFORMATIONFor students: Aged 10 to 12 years oldDate: Wednesday January 10thTime: 3 Hour Workshop starts @ 9.30AMFee: $45 (This fee covers all art supplies and tuition.) USEFUL INFORMATIONThis class is messy. Please wear old clothes or bring an art shirt.Sometimes we make art outside. Please bring a hat. Making art makes kids hungry! Please bring a little snack for morning tea. Everyone is welcome - physical and neurological diversity is beautiful. Please let us know if you…

Art Play | Clay |Tiny Studio

In this unstructured class you are free to explore art and making with clay at your own pace. A professional artist will be on standby to help if you get stuck. CLASS INFORMATIONFor students: Aged 3 to 5 years old & their Parent / CarerDate: Wednesday January 10thTime: 1 Hour Art Play starts @ 10amFee: $15 (This fee covers all art supplies and entry for 1 adult & 1 child) USEFUL INFORMATIONThis class is messy. Please wear old clothes or bring an art shirt. Sometimes we make art outside. Please bring a hat. Adults stay and participate with their tiny…

Summer Holiday Jam Time at Penny Lanes

Come along & learn how to jam!   A great way to make new friends & have fun at the same time.  Learn the fundamentals of playing as a group. You will learn some classic tunes, make up your own band name, then create your own original song together. At the end of the session we will play a mini-concert for our families.   Pack some snacks and come along for 3 hours of musical fun! Wednesday & Thursdays in January Commences Jan 10th. 11.30 - 2.30pm  $40 

Summer Songwriting Circles for Teens & Tweens

School Holiday fun for the big kids ... Come along & enjoy a session of self-expression through words & music. Explore a variety of styles and their lyrical & melodic content. Inspire each other as you create your own songs. For the absolute beginner through to experienced young musicians, this circle is a supportive & creative space for sharing ideas & encouragement. You can do just one session or book in as many times as you like & enjoy different group dynamics. Every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from the 10th to the 26th January 2018 from 3-6pm.

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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.