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Wardarnji

Let the beauty of the oldest songs, dances and language in the world transport you to another place, as fires burn long into the evening and people come together to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture. Wardarnji is a dynamic experience of Nyoongar storytelling and dance. Bring your picnic rugs and get in early for a good spot. Doors open 5.30 pm. Fremantle Festival is presented by the City of Fremantle. 

The Blessing of the Fleet

Watch the pageantry and splendour of the Blessing of the Fleet as this annual procession makes its way from St Patrick’s Basilica to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at 8pm. The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities to ensure a safe and bountiful fishing season. First celebrated in WA by an Italian migrant fisherman, the historical port of Fremantle has been the backdrop to the tradition for 70 years. Fremantle Festival is a City of Fremantle event.  

Come to the Fire | Presented by Fremantle Festival

Fremantle Festival returns this year with a series of events bringing people together in a celebration of community. Immerse yourself in the colour and pageantry of the Blessing of the Fleet, discover the beauty of Australian Indigenous culture at Wardarnji or bring the family down to a blaze on the beach with the return of Kraken. For the first time, the City of Fremantle presents Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire, inviting audiences to gather around many fires to enjoy intimate performances, including song, spoken word, puppetry and dance.  “As the sun sets over the ocean, the historic Fremantle Port will be illuminated in a mass celebration of our community. The event is inspired by the people of greater Fremantle who have shaped our festivals, whether they are participants, creatives or spectators,” said Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.  “This is a taste of what’s to come, with the Fremantle Festival set to move to the depths of winter in 2019, with a ten-day immersive experience of wild art and hidden treasures. “Intimate spaces, port history and cosy corners make Fremantle an ideal place for a winter festival. As our city continues to evolve, we thought it was time to offer the people of Fremantle and beyond something that’s unique.”  This year’s three-day festival format will pave the way for the transition to an expanded ten-day format in winter in 2019.  Now in its 113th year, Fremantle Festival is Australia’s longest running festival and continues to evolve as a celebration of one of the most unique cities in the world and its extraordinary community.  Fremantle Festival is presented by the City of Fremantle. 

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Kraken

Kraken is a blaze on Bather’s Beach centered around the Kraken effigy – a sea monster emerging from the sands. Kraken is a free community event that delivers a small taste of the Blazing Swan Festival presented by the Fremantle based Blazing Swan Inc. Each year this not-for-profit organisation produces the regional Burning Man in Kulin, Western Australia. Surrounding Bather’s Beach the Blazing Swan theme camps offer entertainment and food. Fremantle Festival is presented by the City of Fremantle. 

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2018 Lavazza Italian Film Festival Perth

With over 30 of the latest and greatest from Italy’s best filmmakers, there is no shortage of Italian passion, drama, romance and style for film lovers to enjoy! The 19th Lavazza Italian Film Festival comes to Luna SX, Fremantle 27 Sept - 17 Oct Strong dramas are aplenty with films from much-loved directors featuring famous faces straight from the international circuit. Actress and director Valeria Golino (Rain Man), returns with EUPHORIA, a riveting drama about two brothers forced back into each other’s lives, starring Riccardo Scamarcio (Dalida LIFF17) and Valerio Mastandrea (Perfect Strangers LIFF16 Opening Night). Acclaimed crime-drama BOYS CRY in which two boys who have always existed on the fringes of Rome’s underworld are suddenly pulled into it, is directed by the D’Innocenzo Brothers and co-stars Luca Zingaretti (LIFF guest 2016) as the mafia boss. THE GIRL IN THE FOG, based on the eponymous bestselling novel, is a gripping thriller set amid a close-knit mountain village which follows the enigmatic Detective Vogel (Toni Servillo, Let Yourself Go! LIFF17 Opening Night) as he investigates the sudden disappearance of a young girl. And a huge hit in Italy, singer Luciano Ligabue’s multi award-winning dramedy based on his album of the same name, MADE IN ITALY, stars Stefano Accorsi (Italian Race LIFF16) and Kasia Smutniak (Perfect Strangers LIFF16 Opening Night). Plus FERRANTE FEVER, a documentary about the mysterious author whose “Neapolitan Quartet” novels have attracted legions of fans worldwide. This in-depth investigation attempts to uncover not the mystery of Elena Ferrante’s identity, but what it is about her Neapolitan novels that have so captivated the world.  Italy is not only known for world-class drama and high-end filmmaking, but also for their love of outrageous comedies! This year we bring you the biggest hit comedies of the last 12 months including, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING – based on the hit off-Broadway play, this is a chaotic, heart-warming trip to the altar as a young man travels to his conservative hometown to marry his fiancé. From the writer of Welcome to the North (LIFF12), PUT NONNA IN THE FREEZERstars Fabio De Luigi as the Tax Police’s most incorruptible officer whose world is upended when he falls for an unlikely scammer. Winner of Best Comedy at the Nastri d’Argento awards, LIKE A CAT ON A HIGHWAY sees two parents from different worlds suddenly united by a common cause: to stop their teenage children from dating one another! And LOVE & BULLETS, a 17-time international award-winner including Best Film at the Italian Academy Awards (David di Donatello), this hugely entertaining mafia musical follows a family of schemers whose latest plan is threatened by true love.  This year the Lavazza Italian Film Festival will celebrate the work of renowned and much lauded Turkish- Italian director and scriptwriter FERZAN ÖZPETEK with a special spotlight on his work including: the lush, Naples-set mystery NAPLES IN VEILS in which a medical examiner has a carnal affair with a man who later ends up at her examining table, starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Alessandro (I Was a Dreamer LIFF17); winner of Best Film at the 2003 Italian Academy Awards FACING WINDOWS in which Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Raoul Bova star in this tale of a woman stuck in a failing marriage and the Holocaust survivor she cares for; the 2001 Italian Golden Globe winner IGNORANT FAIRIES which follows a woman who befriends her husband’s lover after she finds out about his affair (starring Margherita Buy and Stefano Accorsi); and LOOSE CANNONS, one of Ferzan Özpetek’s most awarded films, Riccardo Scamarcio stars in this amiable comedy about a son’s journey home to southern Italy, to finally come out to his family.  The Lavazza Italian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas and Luna Palace Cinemas comes to Perth from Sept 27 to Oct 17 at Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX.  Tickets are on sale now.  Facebook #ItalianFF  For more information visit: www.italianfilmfestival.com.au 

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Sara's Lolly Shop

Everyone loves a lolly shop and Sara's Lolly Shop in South Terrace Piazza is no exception. Stop in to see if they stock your favourite....they have a wide range of Australian lollies, English sweets & American candy, locally made fresh chocolate, fudge & humbugs, wide range of Dutch licorice, rock candy, American & New Zealand soft drinks.

Eleven Sons

A performative installation comprising eleven of Dale HIckey's discarded paintings based on Kafka's unpublished manuscripts provide the set and context in which the happening takes place. Recited by eleven males of various ages, backgrounds and ethnic provenance during the rising of the full moon, de Clario occupies a central position and embodies the father figure. Transporting the audience to an unknown place, Eleven Sons will shed unforgiving light on Kafka's work. De Clario presented his first iteration of Eleven Sons at the Muranushi Lederman Gallery in New York in september 1991 and consisted of eleven transparent large plastic rubbish bags filled with abandoned objects found in the streets around the gallery’s location. EXHIBITION12-26 October 2018Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am-2pm PERFORMANCEWednesday 24 October, 6.10pm-7.50pm (rising of full moon)RSVP Essential ELEVEN SONSDomenico de Clario

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2018

Join us for the opening of the 2018 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing. Now in its 43rd year, find out who has won the nation's richest and most prestigious print prize.With more than 50 finalists from around Australia, this is a generous showcase of the best prints and artists’ books. Featuring established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists, the Award continues to present works that celebrate the traditions of printmaking while simultaneously looking towards the future of the medium.The winner will take home $16,000, with second place awarded $6,000. Massive thanks to Little Creatures for their ongoing support! Don't miss one of the biggest, most exciting openings on the FAC calendar! Opening night Thu 13 Sep | 6:30pm | Fremantle Arts Centre | Free Entry | Bar open | Woodfired Pizza | DJ | All welcome Exhibition runs Fri 14 Sep – Sun 4 Nov.

French Explorers in WA

You are invited to view two exquisite exhibitions that celebrate Western Australia’s French connections. The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804 For the first time since they were completed over 200 years ago this exhibition brings original paintings and drawings from the Museum of Natural History in Le Havre, France to Australia. Baudin’s ships, Géographe and Naturaliste embarked from Le Havre in October 1800 carrying an impressive group of scientists. Lavishly funded by Napoléon Bonaparte, their agenda was the discovery and study of natural sciences, underpinned by the emergence of new ideas and philosophies of reason. Never seen before in Australia, items include Baudin’s chronometer, beautiful coastal profiles, hand drawn maps, and Baudin’s personal journal from France’s National Archives. Paintings and drawings by Baudin’s artists were created on the shores and off the coasts of Australia capturing some of the first European views of Australian animals, landscapes and very first portraits of Aboriginal people. Return to Australia: Freycinet 1818 Discover the science and stories behind this amazing journey as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of Freycinet’s expedition to Western Australia in the Uranie. As Commander of a scientific expedition taking him across the world, Louis de Freycinet arrived in Shark Bay on 12 September 1818.  Other than his official obligations, he had a secret motive — to retrieve the historically significant pewter plate erected there in 1697 by Dutch mariner Willem de Vlamingh. With her husband Louis’ assistance,  Rose de Freycinet smuggled herself aboard the expedition and became the second woman to circumnavigate the globe, and the first to write a full account of her journey. Her diary survives today and presents a unique and genuine perspective about this long and eventful expedition. Entry to French Explorers in Western Australia is free. Museum entry fees apply.

Birdwatching around Fremantle

Nestled between the Swan River and Indian Ocean, Fremantle provides a number of excellent birdwatching opportunities in some of the most picturesque locations of the metropolitan area. In the coastline areas coastal species such as Crested Tern can easily be encountered, whilst North Mole offers one of the best locations in the metropolitan area to look for pelagic sea bird species such as shearwaters.  The adjoining coastal heath contains species such as White-browed Scrubwren and White-cheeked Honeyeaterand remnant areas of woodland provide habitat for typical bush bird species of the Swan Coastal Plain. A number of birdwatching locations also have excellent recreational facilities, providing options for a family day out. Sir Frederick Samson Park: Red Wattlebird, Australian Ringneck and Australian Magpie, Weebill, Striated Pardalote and Spotted Pardalote Booyeembara Park: White-cheeked honeyeaters, Brown and Singing Honeyeaters and Silvereye. Clontarf Hill: Willie Wagtail, Singing Honeyeater and Silvereye South Beach: Crested Tern, Caspian Tern, White-browed, Scrub-wren, White-cheeked Honeyeater, Osprey Bathers Beach: Singing Honeyeater, Silvereye, Variegated Fairy-wren, Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Tree Martins, Welcome Swallows, Nankeen Night-Heron North Mole: Pied Cormorant, Crested and Fairy Tern, Arctic Jaeger, Silver Gulls, Wilson's Storm Petrel, Australasian Gannet, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Brown Skua and Giant Petrels Sandtrax, Port & Leighton Beach: Crested Tern, Silver Gull, Pied Oystercatcher, Red-capped Plover, Red-necked Stint, Sanderling, White-browed Scrubwren, Singing Honeyeater, Nankeen Kestrel, Fairy Tern Cantonment Hill: Silvereye, singing Honeyeater, White-browed Scrub-wren North Fremantle Reserves: Australiasian Darter, Pied, Little Pied, Little Black and Great Cormorants, Crested, Caspian and Fairy Terns, Pied Oystercatcher, Red-capped Plover, Red necked Stint, Common Sandpiper. Download the full Birdwatching around Fremantle guide in the attachment section of this listing or pick up a printed copy at Fremantle City Library or Fremantle Visitor Centre. *Information from the Birdwatching around Fremantle guide-produced by Birdlife WA and City of Fremantle, funded by the WA State Natural Resource Management Program though the Parks and Landscape’s bird-friendly gardens workshop project-a South West Group NRM initiative.

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