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Queens Baton Relay

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Fremantle as the baton journeys towards its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 4 April 2018. Setting off in Australia on Monday 25 December 2017, the Baton will travel for 100 days to connect with as many people as possible in every state and territory. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty The Queen through the entire Commonwealth. The Games are declared officially open when the message is read aloud. The Baton will arrive in Fremantle by sea from Bathers Bay onto Bathers Beach before it sets off through the streets of Fremantle. Join Mayor Brad Pettitt on the boardwalk at Bathers Beach to mark this momentous occasion with a traditional Welcome to Country and live music. 11:30am until 1:00pm – A free community celebration will take place at Bathers Beach including a Welcome to Country, live music from The Lost Quays and interviews with some of the baton bearers. 12:45pm – Arrival of the baton from Rottnest at Bather’s Beach 1:00pm to 2:30pm – The baton will leave Bathers Beach and travel through the streets of Fremantle carried by the baton bearers, through Norfolk Street, South Terrace, High Street, Cliff Street, Phillimore Street, ending at Princess May Park on Adelaide Street. To see the baton’s full route please visit www.gc2018.com/qbr See attached for route and batonbearers. Road closures in Fremantle on Saturday 24th February, 2018: Mews Road will be closed to traffic between 12:30 and 1:30pm South Terrace and intersecting streets including Norfolk Street, Norfolk Lane, Essex Street, Collie Street, Nairn Street and Bannister Street will be closed to traffic between 1:00 and 2:00pm High Street, Phillimore Street and intersecting streets including Packenham Street, Henry Street, Mouat Street and Cliff Street will be closed to traffic between 1:30 and 2:30pm Traffic management will be in place to direct traffic on Queen and Adelaide Streets between 2:00 and 2:30pm The Phillimore Street entrance to Fremantle Port will be closed between 1:00pm and 2:30pm, however all port traffic including ferry passengers, will still be able to access the port via gate 2 on Beach Street (near Officeworks) along Peter Hughes Drive during this time. Carpark closures in Fremantle on Saturday 24th February, 2018: Carparks at the far end of Mews Road in front of Be.Serviced apartments will be closed from 6:00am to 2:00pm All other carparks in Mews Road including 6 Molfetta Quays, 35 Mews Road, car parks on both sides of Kailis Fish Market, 34 Mews Road and 38 Mews Road will be closed from 1:00 – 2:00pm. Cars remaining in these car parks at the commencement of the road closures must remain parked for the duration of the closure. Carpark 2 will be closed from 6:00am to 3:00pm Little High Street and Captains Lane carparks in the West End will be closed from 1:00 to 2:00pm. Cars remaining in these car parks at the commencement of the road closures must remain parked for the duration of the closure. For more information visit https://www.gc2018.com/qbr#gc2018-qbr-parent-map

Transform your public speaking confidence

One of the best ways to build your confidence is to do public speaking.  One of the best ways to start your public speaking journey is by joining Fremantle Quaynote Toastmasters. We meet every Monday evening from 6 pm - 7.30 pm at the Fremantle Bowls Club, with supper to follow. Come to your first meeting for free to find out what it's all about.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/242039039618528/

Voicebox 26 February 2018

Monday 26 February, FAW(WA) & Voicebox present The Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2017 Award Ceremony, with special guest Peter Bibby + open mic + fab food & drinks. Located: ground floor, Rose Hotel, 78 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle (parking front and rear, 200m from North Freo train station). Open: 6:30 for café, 7–9pm for poetry. Cost: $10/$6

Stackfeast Comida do Sul Wednesdays at Stackwood

You will find Comida do Sul at Stackwood every Wednesday night through summer serving up Brazillian street eats and community vibes in our newly renovated backyard. The first evening of STACKFEAST kicks off 18th of October with charcoal meats, tropical salads, beans & rice, and gluten-free / vegetarian options.  Comida do Sul landed in the Perth scene back in 2013. Run by husband and wife duo, Dany Flauzino and Joel Rees, set out to bring the best of Brazilian street food to downtown Fremantle.  Comida do Sul, roughly translates to ‘food of the South’, and showcases the traditional yet exotic flavours of home-cooked…

Sounds of the Soul Music Fundraiser

The SCOOP Foundation Australia presents a night of musical entertainment featuring Jess Morwood, DJ Llando and other performers. An evening aimed at raising funds and awareness for impoverished children at Jeevan School in India. The school provides free education to children from the surrounding slums and is run completely on donations from various people and NGO’s. Bring your friends and family and join us for an evening of music, market stall, silent auction, great food and more.  What: Sounds of the Soul Music FundraiserWhen: Thursday, 1 March 2018Time: 6pm to 11pmWebsite: https://www.trybooking.com/TTLYWhere: Port Beach Garden Bar, 44 Tydeman Road, North FremantleCost: $19 early 

Hilton Harvest Talent Show

Do you think you have a hidden talent that you would like to share at the Twilight Concert on Saturday the 24th of March 2018?Then come down and audition on the 10th of March and see if you can get through to perform live at our Twilight Concert!Are you new to performing and aren't very confident with the stage? Don't worry Ewan will be running a mini workshop on the day to get you used to performing on a stage. We are looking for any form of entertainment that is good taste and can fit on a 7m x 5m stage such as dance, magic, circus, comedy..anything!There will be tea and coffee for a gold coin donation as well as skewers. Feel free to bring your own picnic but please be mindful to limit your packaging. Don't forget you can compost any of your food scraps in our compost bins on site!We hope to see you on the 10th!** Look out for the application form coming soon.

Pub Choir

Well it’s time for YOU to perform at Clancy’s! Join our conductors Jim Fisher and Natalie Gillespie as they unite a pub full of punters in a joyful bar room chorus. Warm up with some fun classics and then work up a number with our conductors to perform at the end of the session and we shall film it for prosperity. Come and join the PUB CHOIR. 3rd Wednesday of every month. Gold coin donation.

Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival

 As you wander through Fremantle in early January, make sure you listen carefully. You’ll hear the sweet sounds of one of Ireland’s greatest fiddlers, Martin Hayes and the echo back from his musical confidante, American guitarist Dennis Cahill as they capture the essence of traditional Irish music in a contemporary rhythm to uplift your spirits. Focus again and you’ll pick up the enchanting, rich melodious voice of gifted, Irish singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke. If you know something about the hidden treasure spots of the West End, you might uncover the textured language of one of Ireland’s best loved poets, Tony Curtis.  There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival, commemorating a journey made 150 years ago by 62 Irish political prisoners – the Fenians. The Fenians were young men, between 19 and 30, who grew up in Ireland in a time of starvation, death and forced evictions - the years of the great famine. Having exhausted all attempts to gain self-government through political means, they decided to fight for independence and they staged a rising. Their plot was uncovered, they were arrested, sentenced for treason, exiled from their homeland and transported to Western Australia.  After spending months in solitary confinement, it was a bitter-sweet relief when they boarded the very last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, where they shared stories, organised concerts, wrote a newspaper called the Wild Goose, and looked out for each other. You might recognise the name Hougoumont, it’s that funky hotel in Bannister Street. There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival... They also dreamed of escape. The most famous of the Fenians, John Boyle O’Reilly did escape a year later, on an American whaler. He became the editor of a Boston newspaper and together with supporters in the US and Ireland, organised a crowd funding venture to purchase a whaler, the Catalpa, and rescue his mates from the bottom of the world, out of Fremantle Prison. It’s a big story and there’s a big festival to commemorate and celebrate it. As well as the concerts, there’ll be a family day at the Maritime Museum, art exhibitions, Irish film, literature workshops, remarkable stories and of course, the Guinness …plenty of it on tap at the Festival Gardens and Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse. But you won’t be sitting still, there’s music to get your feet tapping and a traditional Irish ceili dance with an Indian Ocean sunset as the backdrop. After 10 days of celebration and commemoration, you’ll have to get in quick to book a table at the primal food extravaganza and street party, the Feast of the Wild Goose, sponsored by Fremantle BID and supported by the Hougoumont Hotel and the Bannister St traders. This 150 year old story of valuing your culture and looking after your friends is the one we still strive for here in Fremantle. Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival | 5-14 January 2018


Community events

Fremantle has a great selection of community events for the whole family. There is also some great live music from local bands, dance classes, workshops and much more so make sure you check out our list of events to make sure you don’t miss some of the great local things to do in Fremantle.