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In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country

In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country is an expansive exhibition of new work taking over FAC’s galleries. The works are the result of 18 months of artists’ residencies in remote and regional Aboriginal art centres across Australia. Artists from six key Aboriginal art centres have invited leading independent artists – both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – from around the country to work with them. The resulting collaborative artworks are significant, striking and bold in their inventive use of materials. Featuring sculptural works, installations and films drawing together the ideas of artists from diverse backgrounds, In Cahoots presents the fascinating, potent collaborations…

The East Pointers | Sunday Music

Enjoy free performances by leading local and touring acts every Sunday throughout summer in Fremantle Arts Centre's idyllic Front Garden. Sunday 17 Dec: The East Pointers (CAN) are a talented young three-piece with a penchant for traditional Celtic sounds. Combining fiddles, banjo and guitar with honest lyrics about life’s joys and sorrows, The East Pointers’ tunes practically cartwheel in their wildly entertaining live shows.

Gaslight Club

Fly By Night presents Freo’s newest Blues Club ‘for people with open minds’- The Gaslight Club! Named in honor of one of the most important venues in Perth in the 60s! The Gaslight Club is an intimate venue directly under the main stage of Victoria Hall. Check our website for performance times and artists.  

Timothy Nelson | Sunday Music

Enjoy free performances by leading local and touring acts every Sunday throughout summer in Fremantle Arts Centre's idyllic Front Garden. Sunday 24 Dec: Timothy Nelson (WA) has established himself as one of Perth’s premier songwriters over the past decade, deftly forging his own sound. Combining elements of power-pop, alt-country and classic rock, Nelson’s music is diverse, enigmatic, refreshingly rebellious and heavily introspective.  

Boom! Bap! Pow! | Sunday Music

Enjoy free performances by leading local and touring acts every Sunday throughout summer in Fremantle Arts Centre's idyllic Front Garden. Sunday 31 Dec: Boom! Bap! Pow! (WA) are known for their energetic live shows combining pop, soul, funk and sass. Start your New Year’s celebrations early and enjoy singer Novac Bull’s velvety vocals and the band’s cheeky and playful sounds.

Martin Hayes Dennis Cahill | Fenians Festival

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are two of the world’s leading artists in traditional Irish music. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes are recognized all over the world for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. For over two decades, the Irish fiddler and American guitarist have performed at major concert halls and festivals around the globe. Support Act: Kavisha Mazzella is an Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer. Kavisha's original songs contain lyrical ingredients including humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. She will take you on an uplifting journey of well-crafted stories and songs ringing with echoes…

Family Day | Fenians Festival

The Fenian Festival Family Day will be buzzing with activities and information for all the family. The WA Maritime Museum is offering free entry all day (entry fees will apply for the Escape from Pompeii exhibition). There’ll be storytelling, activities, and art exhibitions for kids of all ages. Keep listening for the tap, tap, tap of the Irish dancers as they ‘pop up’ in unexpected places. Grab lunch at the E-shed market then follow the Wild Goose Trail past the Paper Bird bookshop to Bather’s Beach where you’ll see plenty of boats in the water, including the graceful old Gaffers. Don’t…

Sunset Ceili at Bathers Beach

Come and experience a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor dance event as Irish dance master teacher Hilary McKenna leads an epic Céilí (dance party) for all ages and experience levels on Bather's Beach's iconic boardwalk while the shining sun melts into the Indian Ocean. Live music provided by some of Australia's best traditional Irish musicians; the boardwalk will be jumping as Hilary guides all ages and experience levels through a series of fun and easy dances that everyone will enjoy. Following the sunset, there will be a Traditional Irish Music Session in the main gallery at Kigodo Arthouse.

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…

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…

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

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…

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:…

Tony Curtis Poetry Workshop for Writers

Join us for a unique opportunity to work with one of Ireland’s foremost poets in a workshop where we’ll explore the gift that poetry provides and ponder on the part that writing played in sustaining the Fenians and how poetry sustains us today. The Festival’s visiting Irish poet, Tony Curtis, will treat us to a feast of poetry which is as sure to support our cultural connections today as it did for the Fenians, 150 years ago.  What to Bring: A note book and pens for writing, an open mind and a willing heart. Some sponsored places are available for…

Declan ORourke WA Maritime Museum | Fenians Festival

Supporting Acts: Fiona Rea  Declan O’Rourke is a highly successful Irish artist, acclaimed by his peers, and having achieved many plaudits with his five albums released to date. Declan’s soulful music, rooted in folk and trad, has attracted the praise of countless industry giants, including John Prine, and Paul Weller, among others. Fiona Rea has a passion for storytelling, connection and melody. Fiona’s songs are influenced by the Irish heritage and by a lifelong love of music and it's power to reach people beyond the isolation of circumstance. For Fiona, a song is a bridge between people, offering connection and embrace.

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Fremantle arts organisation

Fremantle is a centre for arts and culture. Arts organisations based in the port city represent many sectors of the Western Australian cultural community including Artsource – the peak membership body for artists, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Literature Centre, Fremantle Press and the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra. Check our listings to find out what’s on in Fremantle in the arts & cultural community.