Events & Festivals

Xmas in July 80s Party

We know it doesn’t get that cold here in Perth, but we’re willing to bet you can find an ugly jumper or two to wear to our next 80s Party in Fremantle: Christmas in July Party – the 80s Ugly Jumper edition! Christmas in July On Friday, 28 July 2017, party-goers will be treated to an electrifying musical experience at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges with a very special Christmas in July 80s Ugly Jumper Party. From 7pm onwards the Hotel will be transformed into a 1980s disco reminiscent of a time when music & fashion defined everything! Best-selling albums and songs from artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Duran Duran, Prince and Madonna (just to name a few) will be on the playlist and you will feel the blast from the past as you walk into the venue instantly. Tickets: Tickets on sale now including early bird rate at $35 per adult available until 30 June 2017 (normal rate: $45 per person) including entry, a welcome drink on arrival and 1-hour 80s inspired canapés. Cash bar will be available with LIVE DJ playing the best of the 80s music throughout the night.​For more information, please call 08 9432 4801 or email functions_esplanadefremantle@evt.com.

Strange Editions

Introducing Strange Editions, a winter book series at Strange Company in Fremantle. At the end of each month you’re invited to sit down with a Fremantle-based author to discuss their book over vino. The exciting line-up of authors include: Monday 26th June: Joan London with The Golden AgeMonday 31st July: Deb Fitzpatrick with The BreakMonday 28th August: Dr Leigh Straw with LimestoneTuesday 26th September: David Whish-Wilson with Old Scores Strange Editions is a free evening, however as places are limited, RSVP is essential. Head to the Strange Company Facebook page for more information.

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5 Week STEM | Learn Electronics and Computing

This course designed for ages 10 + will cover the basic knowledge of simple electronics and computing by setting up a Raspberry Pi single-board computer; wiring some input/output lights and buttons then writing an interface program using the Python programming language. This is a hands-on workshop where we go from a power-up a Raspberry Pi, using applications, programming, wiring simple LED circuits, communicating to those external circuits, and interfacing programming to Minecraft™. Learn the basic concepts behind our electronic devices we use every day. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—STEM, and therefore, STEM education—are vital to your future and the future of our children. The areas of learning you and your kids need to be comfortable with to excel in the future are STEM. STEM makes creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors. Besides, STEM is everywhere from our homes, cars, payment and ticketing systems, to your workplace and your mobile phones; it shapes our everyday experiences. It is not enough to be able to turn on a computer and use a mobile phone. If you wish to get ahead you need to understand more about the science and technology behind our modern day devices. Objective:To Have Fun! Play with the basic concepts behind our devices we use every day. Learn by doing fun hands-on physical computing activities to understand our human relationship to the digital world. Cost: $199 + $60 for materials — What do you get?Take home your Raspberry Pi single-board computer including the OS and Applications: Word processing, spreadsheet, Scratch and Python programming languages, games, and more + the basic science, technology, engineering, mathematics knowledge behind our every day devices.    

Southpaw

Led by drummer Peter Evans, Southpaw explore the sounds of 50s and 60s rock 'n' roll, folk, pop and country music with a jazz sensibility.   From the Boogaloo to the Bo-Diddley Rhythm, Southpaw play both original music and jazz interpretations of songs from popular artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel. Peter is joined by fellow lefties Simon Jeans on guitar and Shane Pooley on the bass.

Vipers Dream

Roaming the venues of Perth, Viper’s Dream offer an eclectic mix of acoustic music from around the globe. From a dimly lit Parisian cafe to a gypsy campsite jamboree, through to a Brazilian beach bossa-nova then back through a jazz club in down town New York, Viper’s Dream will take you on a musical journey that will delight and excite. Featuring Geoff Harold on double bass and the combined talents of Lachlan Gear and Aaron Deacon on guitar , the trio is available for functions, weddings, parties, anything!

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Tom Walsh Band

Tenor saxophone titans Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Walter Smith and Ben Wendel are some of the legends responsible for influencing Tom Walsh's Trio. Lead by emerging saxophonist, Tom Walsh, the Trio performs an exciting blend of swinging jazz standards and modern grooves with exuberance and finesse. Naturally, the trio line-up brings together some of the best WA talent, Giane Hladin on drums and Austin Salisbury on Keys. 

WAYJO Signature Series WAYJO Swings

It’s swing time in the Port City! Fremantle is set to jump and jive as WAYJO delivers a set designed to get your toes tapping, your feet moving and your heart pumping. The Tuesday Night Orchestra will be lighting up the stage of the Fly By Night Musicians Club while you burn up the dance floor. Frock up, shine your shoes, and grab a partner for the most fun you can have on two legs. WAYJO Swings!Fri 6 Oct, 7.30pmFly By Night Musicians Clubflybynight.org

2017 Autism West Symposium

The must-see event in 2017 for individuals on the autism spectrum and their family members, educators, service providers and researchers. Friday 3 & Saturday 4 November 2017 We’re connecting and empowering people on the spectrum by showcasing inspirational speakers, people, organisations and thought leaders doing amazing work within the community. The 2017 Autism West Symposium will focus on ‘The Big Picture’, looking beyond childhood as those on the autism spectrum move into adulthood, with a particular focus on developing social skills, independence, and finding meaningful employment. The program will include presentations, break-out sessions, a fireside chat, and more. Who Is It For? Our annual symposium is for people on the autism spectrum and their families and carers, as well as educators, researches and health professionals. The Format Taking place across one and a half days, the 2017 Autism West Symposium will include presentations, break-out sessions, a fireside chat, and more. We will also be featuring employers and educational professionals championing the education and employment of those with ASD. *Early bird discounts available until 31 August 2017 The Speakers We have some exciting speakers already confirmed, including: Graeme Simsion - Best-selling author of ‘The Rosie Project Jeanette Purkis - Author, speaker and autism advocate Kerry Magro - Once non-verbal, he is now an international public speaker Jacquiline den Houting - Psychologist with lived experience with Asperger Syndrome Matt Schneider - CEO of Optika Solutions, where over 50% of the employees are on the autism spectrum Carla Burn - Network Leader and Mentor at the iCan Network Barb Cook - Founder and Editor in Chief of Spectrum Women Magazine Click here to download the event flyer. Venue:  Esplanade Hotel, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160 Event Date: Friday 3 November 2017 & Saturday 4 November 2017 Further information: Contact Autism West on 08 9383 6123 or email Event Coordinator, Janine Ripper, at marketing@autismwest.org.au.  Accomodation The 2017 Autism West Symposium will be held at the beautiful Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia. We have secured limited discounted accommodation at the Esplanade for those wanting to make the most of the event. To book and claim your discounted accommodation please click here. Booking Information: All tickets include Credit Card Processing Fee. Early bird discounts available until 31 August 2017 Registration fees include morning tea and lunch on Day One and morning tea on Day Two Autism West reserves the right to make changes to the program Autism West may ask you to present proof of your eligibility for a concession Please note that registration is non-refundable, but we are happy for you to transfer it to someone else.

Eco Fashion Week Australia

 Eco Fashion Week Australia 2017 is the most significant event on the Perth fashion calendar. As Australia’s first and only Eco fashion week event, Hosted by ‘’Green Embassy’’ from November 23rd-27th, EFWA provides perfect platform to promote local and international talented eco designers, emerging designers and student designers to showcase their unique designs while providing Perth with one of a kind Eco fashion event in sustainability which involves community. Eco Fashion Week Australia- EFWA 2017 bring people together to celebrate amazing sustainable designs, runway shows, conferances, design and textile art exhibitions, student shows and awards.  The week will feature collections created using organic and natural materials as well as sustainable and ethical production methods. EFWA is passionate about creating a word where garments have a clean and positive story to tell.Celebrating garments that have been created with organic , re-cyled and up-cyled fabrics with traditional and hand crafted textile techniques.  EFWA collaborates with designers, artists, local community and remote interstate Aboriginal communities, media, businesses and educational programs as well as local governments to raise awareness for environmentally conscious fashion while provide support and courage to inspire all community members towards to sustainable future while fashion as vehicle. At international Eco Fashion Week Australia we aim to integrate Australia’s very own Eco Fashion Week celebration of Sustainability, design excellence and education. This innovative forward thinking event will feature:  • Textile art/design exhibition • Spectacular runway shows from international, national and local eco designers featuring the best in organic, handmade, local , re-cycled , up cycled , fair trade, ethical fashion and textiles • Informative discussions and panels with industry experts • Fashion , sustainability pop up shops, exhibitions • Student design & excellence awards • Opportunity for runway show to promote young student designers and give them opportunity to show their work to audience • Opening  gala night • Designer exhibition • Designer challenge • Environment /sustainability photography competition for schools The festivities will run 23rdth-27th November 2017. The goal is the ignite and inspire our community to change their perspective on fashion and its relation to environment and sustainability while providing platform to emerging designers, artists and models in fashion and creative industry. www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com

MSWA Ocean Ride 2017

The MSWA Ocean Ride is a unique cycling event that follows WA’s beautiful coastline, from Fremantle to Hillarys.  With five ride distances to choose from, there is something to suit all ages and capabilities. Routes include; ·         10km Family Ride  ·         30km Ride ·         50km Ride ·         70km Challenge ·         100km Challenge - New For more information, to register for the event or to volunteer, see www.mswaoceanride.org.au MSWA provides vital support and services to people living with all neurological conditions in Western Australia. The money we raise through our fundraising efforts goes directly to providing a range of support and services to people living with all neurological conditions in Western Australia.

#MyFreoStory is your Freo story

We all have a Freo story. From the locals raised in the port city, to the live music lovers or Sunday brunch devotees on the strip, locals and visitors alike have a story to share about Freo. And so #MyFreoStory video competition was born. In early 2016, the #MyFreoStory competition was launched to encourage people to tell their own Freo story, with 40 very unique and heartfelt videos submitted. This included a day in the life of local Freo dog, following a unicyclist’s journey around town to the home of WA Circus, watching a time-lapse artist weave a large red basket around themselves in prominent Fremantle landmarks and Freo-inspired sea shanty “Fremantle, The Pride of WA”.  After much deliberation, 9 entries were shortlisted to determine the overall winner, Shakey’s Story. The first #MyFreoStory winning entry by Oliver Oldroyd and Stevie James Smith depicted the moving true story of a local artist and his strong connection to the Freo art scene and local music legend Bon Scott. We asked the producer Oliver Oldroyd what motivated him and his cousin to enter “We love living here in Freo. There's such a good creative vibe and it's great to be part of it. We love making films and it was also important for us to get Shakey’s name out there and get him recognised for the talented artist he is.” Another entry by a 16 year old student from Perth Modern School, Radheya Jegatheva was “My Journey Through Freo”, voted on the youtube.com/fremantlestory as the best film in our people’s choice category. This young film maker gave us a view of all the things he loves in Freo by filming on his mum’s iPhone. We asked Radheya what motivated him to enter “A bit of everything to be honest, but one of the main messages that I wanted to convey through my video was that Freo is a city that can cater for all sorts of people of all ages - and that there was so much to do and so much to see.” After viewing all of last year’s great films we couldn’t get enough, so in late March we launched the second 2017 #MyFreoStory video competition and are waiting in anticipation for the new stories. If you want to check out last year’s films or submit your own #MyFreoStory video visit fremantlestory.com.au/myfreostory. Competition closes 22 May 2017.

Army Museum of Western Australia

The Army Museum of WA has a collection that encompasses material from the pre-federation period through to the present day, covering both peace-time army units as well as the involvement of West Australians in all major conflicts and operations that Australia was engaged in throughout this period including the South African War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, South Vietnam and the more recent operations such as East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. The role of women's services in many of these major conflicts and operations is also integrated with the museum's displays covering these. Highly recommended as one…

Bathers Beach Art Precinct

The Bathers Beach Art Precinct is part of the conservation and activation work around the historic Arthur Head area of Fremantle, Western Australia. The area is of historical significance for indigenous Australians and European settlement of Western Australia. The precinct is home to more than 20 established and highly respected sculptors, painters, photographers, Indigenous artists, a ceramic artist and designers, one of which is the famous sculptor Greg James who created the sculpture of the fisherman at Fishing Boat Harbour. Other artists include Joanna Robertson, Jenny Dawson, Peter Zuvela, Ann Land, Carol Hazel, Caroline Thompson and Tessa Joy. Studios Kidogo…

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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.