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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,…

Walyalup Kannajil Noongar Songs and Stories

Kaya! Walyalup Kannajil has partnered with the City of Fremantle to present a special session of Noongar songs and stories in celebration of Seniors Week 2018. Led by talented musician Kobi Morrison from Aboriginal-led Madjitil Moorna Choir and joined by Elders including singer song-writer and story-teller Aunty Josie Boyle. A yummy afternoon tea of bush tucker will be provided. All ages and abilities welcome. Hope to see you there!

Open Acoustic Night Thursdays

Open Acoustic Thursdays 6.30 - 9.30 pm. Open mic style evening showcasing local talent and beginner musicians wanting to share their music - originals or covers welcomed. Open to singers, singer songwriters, musicians, instrumentalists and keys players - there is a keyboard piano at the venue! Solos and duos only. Family friendly restaurant bar on Essex Street opposite Luna on SX, Fremantle. To book a table contact: 0407 421 522 or come by on the night. To book in to play a 20 min set contact: themarketbaropenacoustic@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/themarketbaropenacoustic/ Come check it out - opposite Luna on SX  *Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.          

Dance Hall Days for Over 55s

Dance Hall Days is the perfect setting for over 55s to make new friends and branch out socially. The monthly dances will be held at the Fremantle Italian Club on the 3rd Friday of each month from 2 to 5pm starting with a 1 hour dance lesson, commencing in August through to June 2019. A variety of bands and a range of dances within each event encourage participation. Light refreshments and free for participants. More toe tapping in Freo!

Stackwood Plant Swap

Have a plant that doesn't look right in your home? Delving into plant propagation? Curious to see what house plants other people are hiding? Come along to the Stackwood Plant Swap on Saturday 17th of November, hosted by Anna from Wilding.  Anna is a plant and floral designer and educator who is passionate about creating wild and beautiful designs with nature. Anna has just returned home from New York where she was working with New York Botanical Garden, Chelsea Garden Center and the Japan Society of New York.  To get involved bring along a cutting, seedling or established plant. Indoor varieties are preferred, but any type welcome. There is no…

Sunday Music

Sunday Music is Fremantle Arts Centre’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

Sunday Music | Emily Barker

Emily Barker (WA/UK) grew up in rural WA, fell in love with American roots music and has released a succession of critically acclaimed albums. Barker returns to perform her new and most lauded album yet, Sweet Kind of Blue, with a full band. Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

The Simpsons QUIZ NIGHT

The World's second-longest running TV show, with 30 seasons and over 600 episodes is the topic of our next Quiz Night. How much do you know about everyone's favourite family?Join us for our Simpsons themed Quiz Night on Wednesday 21st November at 7pm!What is the name of Springfield's founder? Where did Homer and Marge get married?What does the J in Homer J Simpson stand for?Test out your knowledge about Homer, Bart, and little Maggie, with prizes to be won!Grab a your friends, grab a drink and get ready for an entertaining evening hosted by Dux Nuts Quizzes!This is a FREE…

Sunday Music | Em Burrows & Web Rumors

Local multi-instrumentalist Em Burrows returns with a new six piece band and a collection of tightly spun songs. Em Burrows & Web Rumors (WA) promise sweeping synths, haunting saxophone and Burrows’ distinctive contralto vocals. This afternoon of experimental pop is not to be missed. Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

South Beach Sunset Market

Come along to this fabulous summertime fun event at South Beach, South Fremantle, each Saturday night from 5 pm until 9 pm right through summer, commencing the first week of December. feast on hawker food delights from the world over listen to live music enjoy kid's entertainment, animal farm and facepainting grab a drink from our 'pop-up bar' watch the sun set over the beautiful Indian ocean See you soon at the South Beach Sunset Market! Don't forget your bathers. The markets are held in a dog free zone.  

Fremantle Repair Cafe

Join us in the Stackwood warehouse each month to reduce, reuse and recycle your broken or worn down household items. Along with an experienced volunteer repairer from the local community, you can jointly repair items such as clothing, toys, small furniture, electrical goods (must have an AC adaptor or be battery operated), bikes and more. There will also be a gluing/taping workstation and device help for phones, tablets, and laptops. Please only bring items that you can carry in and out of the space, if they are larger they may be a project better suited to you fixing at home. All items…

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Sunday Music | The Norfolk Pines + Justin Bernasconi

The Norfolk Pines (WA) are a local Fremantle band who play an original mix of Celtic blues and roots. They’re opening for folk musician Justin Bernasconi (VIC), a highly skilled guitarist renowned for his precise technique that’s both detailed and smooth. Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

Kylie on Stage

Are you ready for behind-the-scenes access to one of Australia's biggest icons? Kylie on Stage celebrate the extravagant costumes and magical moments from superstar Kylie Minogue's 25 year international concert career. With more than 250,000 people visiting this major exhibition in Melbourne, it is now time for Western Australians to experience the glitz and glamour of Australia's Princess of Pop. See the work of international designers including Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano, Julien Macdonald, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as local designers such as Peter Morrissey and Mark Burnett. You'll also get access to a selection of…

#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 invites you to come to the fire

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. Wardarnji is a dynamic experience of Nyoongar storytelling and dance. 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. 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.  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.  Wardarnji | 26 October, 6.30 pm (gates open 5.30 pm), Fremantle Arts Centre 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. Blessing of the Fleet | 28 October, from 2 pm, procession begins at St Patrick’s Basilica 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 8 pm. 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. Kraken | 3 November, from 1 pm, Bathers Beach & Arthur Head 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.  You are invited to wander the fires enjoying the elements and the voices of Fremantle. Karla-k Koorling, Come to the Fire | 3 November, from 6 pm, Maritime Tafe Carpark, Fleet Street As the sun sets over the Indian Ocean we will light fires to bring together the people of Fremantle. Between the river and sea we will gather, the fires will light the way, keep us warm and centre our community stories. Each fire will host a performance of song, spoken word, puppetry or dance. You are invited to wander the fires enjoying the elements and the voices of Fremantle. The 2018 Fremantle Festival will run on 26 October, 28 October and 3 November, with a series of free community events. For more information, visit – fremantlefestival.com.au. 

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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.