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Steampunk Cabaret

Wild, crazy, sexy, industrial bump & grind. A Steampunk themed cabaret with a touch of Burlesque. Lythe dancers, sultry singers, sensual performers in Victorianesque costumes with brassy goggles & cogs. A piston pumping, steamy reworking of popular music from Gaga to Tom Waits with a tincture of titilation, modicum of mirth and a hint of horror. Feb 21,22, at 8:30pm & 25th at 8pm Tickets $40 https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/steampunk-cabaret-fw2018

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The Alliance Française French Film Festival

The Alliance Française French Film Festival will return in 2018 for its 29th season from 14 March – 4 April at Cinema Paradiso, The Windsor and Luna SX. Once again, this beloved, yet very avant-garde ‘grande dame’ will delight with a superb line-up of contemporary French cinema including, for the first time, a LGBT strand spread across categories such as “We are Family” and “Crazy in Love,” in celebration of Australia’s recent ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage. http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/  

Opening Night Reception - 2018 Alliance Franaise Frenc

Let yourself be carried away with the hugely entertaining new hit from the dynamic directorial duo behind the 2011 smash The Intouchables - Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache - that filled more than three million seats. The Closing Night Film at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, stars the inimitable Jean-Pierre Bacri – in a role penned especially for him - as Max, a famed, but cantankerous caterer and event organiser, tasked with creating a fairytale wedding at a sumptuous 17th century château.  Saddled with a hopelessly inept assortment of staff, his pragmatic mantra, “We need to adapt,” will be truly tested, as his meticulously…

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


Festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival to the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to check out our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.