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TGIF at The Monk

Your Fridays will never be the same again!!.FOOD+ DRINK SPECIALS**** LIVE DJs****TERRACE PARTY**Freshly Shucked Oysters + Prosecco PackagesFeaturing DJ Takka from 5Pm 

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A Community Creation: Esplanade Park – at the heart of Fremantle’s History. A free talk by Dr Michelle McKeough

From its creation in the wake of the bubonic plague outbreaks; to the Depression Era when it provided a home to the homeless unemployed; to the many voices that spoke at the bandstands and on free speech days; to the important institutions that fringe its edge – the Esplanade Park has stories of Fremantle to tell. Join Dr Michelle McKeough, a historian at Murdoch University as she shares the Park’s stories. Credit image: image courtesy of Fremantle History Centre.

Truth, lies and secret histories A free talk by Dr Liz Tynan

Dr Liz Tynan’s powerful new book, Atomic Thunder, earned her the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian history. ‘Compulsive reading?’ wrote Phillip Adams, ‘Make that compulsory.  This is a brilliant book.’  In her compelling talk, guests will hear of the complex web that connected government secrecy, human folly, cultural bigotry, international scandal, and scientific arrogance in the nuclear age.  Join us for an evening in which we explore truth, lies and secret histories from Australia’s past. Dr Tynan is a historian at James Cook University and a former scientific journalist for the ABC and New Scientist.

National Hotel History Tour

Join us for a fascinating tour of the National Hotel.  Built in the late 1800s and almost completely devastated by a fire in 2007, this building has been magnificently restored. Come and hear the chequered history of this iconic Fremantle hotel, including the numerous murders, fires and deaths that have taken place over the years.   The tour finishes with a visit to the breathtaking rooftop, with 360 degree views over Fremantle. Be sure to bring your camera!  Stay for lunch afterwards and enjoy a meal and drink for just $20.                   

Albatross Film Screening Mojos Bar

Each year humans allow 8 million tonnes of plastic waste to enter our oceans. ALBATROSS is a powerful visual insight into the tragic impact this carelessness is having on a small "wildlife refuge" island in the remote North Pacific Ocean. More than 2000 miles from the nearest continent tens of thousands of Albatross chicks lay dead, their bodies filled with plastic. Over many years, internationally acclaimed photographer, Chris Jordan, documented the beauty of these magnificent creatures and the horror of the plight they face. The result is a stunning, thought-provoking film which forces us to ask the question "do we…

Campus tour

They’re back!  Notre Dame’s famous tours of our historic, West End campus are available again to all festival goers in 2018.  We’ll take you on a unique, backstage walk through some of the finest historic buildings in Fremantle. Bring your walking shoes to join Leigh Dawson for an hour on campus. You’ll share in the stories of those who have lived in and loved our town over the past century, and will be given special admission to some of Fremantle’s best-kept secret locations.

Lunch with the team

Join us for a light lunch and inspired conversation.  Notre Dame’s team of historians and archaeologists invite you to spend the lunch hour discussing big ideas, current research, history, archaeology and heritage.  Have you got questions of your own about how best to undertake historical research? This is your opportunity to talk with experienced academic staff, including Deborah Gare, Shane Burke and Leigh Straw, as well as postgraduate researchers, for the best advice.  Places are limited, so please book early. 

Femmes Extraordinaire: Stowaway women of the Enlightenment

The Enlightenment propelled adventurers from European nations to far-flung corners of the globe. In the 18th and 19th centuries, scientific voyages of discovery explored Australia and its region. Some of these vessels were stocked with more than just supplies and scientific instruments.  On board a number of them, including Freycinet’s Uranie, were stowaway women. Their presence was usually forbidden, but a few ‘femmes extraordinaire’ assumed masculine identities and disguises to escape Europe.  In this entertaining talk, Toni Church will introduce you to the wonderful stories of Rose de Freycinet, Jeanne Barat and Louise Girardin.

Finding Truth in Picasso’s Guernica

On 27 April 1937, the journalist George Steer surveyed the ruins of Guernica, a small town in Spain’s Basque region. He arrived just hours after the town was destroyed by the formidable power of Hitler’s Luftwaffe. His reports proclaimed the bombing to be “unparalleled in military history”. Six weeks later, Pablo Picasso exhibited his masterwork, Guernica, at the World Exhibition in Paris. Picasso’s painting was a powerful denunciation of war and its trauma, and soon became an international icon.  Today, our understanding of Guernica is indelibly shaped by Picasso’s artistic interpretation.  Riley Buchanan will explore the connection between truth, myth…

Celebrate WA Festival

WA Day, the uniquely West Australian day inclusive for all Western Australians, is set to go off with a bang this year in Fishing Boat Harbour. Fireworks will again light up the skies over Fremantle on the eve of the WA Day public holiday on what is hoped will become a new and amazing annual family experience. Fishing Boat Harbour is presenting a two day celebration recognising our Aboriginal history, our early European migrant background and the diverse range of people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make, Freo and WA their home. Local Aboriginal elders will open the event with a Traditional Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country, followed by a range of cultural music and dance events from different ethnic backgrounds. Across the weekend there will be numerous musical performances in and around the harbour in the lead up to and after the Sunday evening fireworks show which will be held at the family friendly time of 6 pm. The harbour will play host to a range of other free activities including kids face painting and bouncy castles, a suitcase market, roving buskers and much more. See the full WA Day program attached or visit the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour website here.

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#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.

Fremantle's top 10 free school holiday activities

Sharpen the kids’ word sleuth skills with the #Freo_Babble hunt, visit the museums, hire a bike - here's our top ten free things to do with the kids. 1. Transportation Exhibition at Fremantle Prison In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Transportation examines the forced migration of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. 2. #Freo_Babble letter sleuth game Pick up a #Freo_Babble map from Fremantle Visitor Centre, WA Shipwrecks Museum or Oxfam or download and collect the letters from Freo businesses to make out the mystery song title. You could win fabulous prizes including a $500 shopping spree. 3. Visit the shipwrecks at WA Shipwrecks Museum Recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere and housed in a 1850s-era Commissariat building the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA's treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh plate, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck. 4. Free bike hire from Fremantle Visitor Centre This free bike hire service with bikes for adults and kids (8+ years) operates from the Fremantle Visitor Centre in Kings Square. Bikes can be used anywhere in the Fremantle area. There are a limited number of bikes available for hire so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Read our South Beach to Leighton cycling blog for bike ride ideas. 5. Take a spin at the Esplanade Youth Plaza Pack up the kid’s skateboards, scooters or roller skates and spend an afternoon at one of the most popular skate facilities in the metro area. There’s also places to try ping pong, rock climbing, slack-lining and parkour and the playground adjacent to the plaza has swings and a giant climbing frame. Bring a picnic or grab a bite to eat from nearby cafés and restaurants all within walking distance. 6. Firing of the cannon at the Round House Opened in 1831, Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia. Hear the story of why the cannon is fired every day at 1 pm – visitors can even apply to act as the honorary gunner! 7. Self-guided walking trails Explore Fremantle attractions, history, cultural heritage and the arts with one of the Explore Fremantle walking trails. There are eleven trails to choose from including street art, Walk with the Windsors, heritage highlights and Manjaree. The trails work on iPhone and Android devices (you can connect to FREBytes free wifi in the CBD). 8. Visit the giant fish tanks at Cicerello’s Over 50 species of marine life, all collected in Fremantle waters housed in a giant aquarium holding over 20,000 litres of water. 9. Bird watching around Fremantle Get to know the species of birdlife around Freo. Download a copy of the Birdwatching around Fremantle guide and challenge the kids to spot an Australasian darter or a Wilson’s Storm Petrel. 10. Swan River, beaches, parks and playgrounds Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that create the best memories and Fremantle has amazing outdoor spaces for the kids to run around... skimming stones under the traffic bridge, collecting shells at South Beach or a picnic beside the lake at Booyeembara Park, here's some of the best spots. After you’ve exhausted the kids there are plenty of kid friendly places to pick up lunch or a drink (the nature play area behind Moore & Moore and Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts is a favourite). Our school holiday program has some great coupon offers from local businesses and don’t forget to tag @fremantlestory on Instagram–we’d love to see what you get up to.


Free events

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great day out in Freo. There is always something spontaneous happening on the street and many Fremantle activities and events you can enjoy for free. Visit Fremantle during one of the great festivals and experience the buzzing atmosphere of busking, street performers and parades. Call into the museums and see some of the free exhibitions or browse the beautiful art exhibitions in Fremantle’s best galleries and studio’s.