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BIG FUN WEEKEND AHEAD FREO!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 21, 2014

Bakers Square

This coming weekend is the start of the 2014 FREMANTLE FESTIVAL so get ready Freo.

There are a lot of things happening including the traditional Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday. It starts at 2 pm from the Basilica.

But let’s just slowly wind into it on Saturday with the huge Garage Sale at Kings Square from 8 am and the open house at the Fib-Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street from 11 am.

But also try to make the short trip to Hammy Hill for the Bakers Square Community Fiesta. It’s all going to be relaxing fun, and stuff the weather forecast, a bit of rain won’t dampen our spirit, we are after all a port city.

Roel Loopers

BLACK MADONNA WANDERS THROUGH FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 15, 2014

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The traditional Maria Tindari- Black Madonna procession happens every year in Fremantle about a month before the Blessing of the Fleet, and the 3 pm daylight fireworks always come as a big surprise to the Sunday crowd, as it did again on Sunday.

The procession starts at the Basilica in Adelaide Street and wanders through the West of the city and Cappuccino Strip.

The Blessing of the Fleet is on again the last Sunday in October.

Roel Loopers

A BUSY SUNDAY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 13, 2014

It is going to be very busy in Fremantle this Sunday with road closures in the morning for the Fremantle Fun Run, so it might be a bit more difficult to get to your favourite West End cafe. The event starts on the Esplanade at 8 am.

In Beach Street is the Customs Cars Coffee event between 9-11 am, and from 2 pm on the procession of the Black Madonna will snake from the Basilica through the city centre and that will also involve road closures.

But that should not discourage anyone from coming to Fremantle, as it is going to be a glorious day just perfect for a day out and having a nice alfresco lunch while soaking up the sunshine and atmosphere in gorgeous Freo. What better place to be to celebrate the Dockers’ win over Port Adelaide.

Roel Looper

BLESSING OF THE FLEET DEEPLY ROOTED IN FREO’S CULTURE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 27, 2013

Here some photos of today’s BLESSING OF THE FLEET in Fremantle and from the again disappointing Seafood Festival in the Fishing Boat Harbour. The latter is not substantial enough to be called a festival, and the organisors should drastically improve it next year it or cancel it.

The Blessing of course is always worth going to town for as it is such a lovely tradition that is deeply rooted in the Italian culture. I love it.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE FESTIVAL FUN NOT FAR AWAY

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on October 1, 2013

The month of October started today and it’s only 24 more days till the start of the annual FREMANTLE FESTIVAL. All the traditional goodies are there with the starting weekend seeing the Blessing of the Fleet and the Seafood Festival on October 27. The next weekend will let us celebrate our Indigenous and coffee culture when the Wardarnji Festival and the Coffee Festival are on November 2 and 3. The last weekend is traditionally the Street Parade and that will be on November 10. There will also be the first Craft Beer&Food Festival on the Esplanade that day, so we might see some inspired people taking part in the parade.

May I also mention how deeply touched I am that the City of Fremantle decided to celebrate my 65th birthday as the start day of this year’s festival on October 25. ; >) What a thoughtful mob those festival officers are.

Roel Loopers

Fremantle Festival 2013

FREO FESTIVAL OPENS THIS WEEKEND

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 26, 2012

The FREMANTLE FESTIVAL starts this Sunday October 28 with the Blessing of the Fleet at 2pm from the Basilica in Adelaide Street from where the processions will go through High and Henry streets to the Fishing Boat Harbour. At the Fishing Boat Harbour the inaugural SEAFOOD FESTIVAL is on from 11 am to 7 pm and after that closes the FIREWORKS will be on at 8 pm at Bathers Beach.

There is also the first SCULPTURES ON THE STREET around Blinco Street, organised by the Fibonacci Centre. It starts at 10 am on Sunday in several locations near Blinco Street.

Don’t complain that you’re feeling bored or that nothing happens in boring old Freo. Participate in the fun, make new friends, let your hair down and relax.

Roel Loopers

HUGE FREMANTLE FESTIVAL 2012 PROGRAM

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 18, 2012

Only ten more days to the start of the Fremantle Festival, Australia’s oldest festival. It will start with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday October 28 and with the brand new Seafood Festival at the Fishing Boat Harbour from 11 am-8 pm, and the opening day will finish with sensational FIREWORKS over Bathers Beach at 8pm.

There is also Open Day on the Greens at the North Fremantle Bowling Club from 10.30 am- 7 pm, the Big Band Bossa Nova at the Town Hall from 3.30 pm- 5.30 pm and the Opera Undressed at Victoria Hall from 8 pm- 9 pm.

Check out the Fremantle Festival program on the web: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/files/8fb5a4d0-dd97-45d0-91a3-a0de00d13435/2012_Festival_PROGRAM_5_low_res.pdf and keep up to date via the Facebook page: http://createsend.com/t/r-152DFB9634C6FD96

This year’s festival program is full of good events, so I will report on those closer to the dates they happen.

Roel Loopers

EVENTS THAT MAKE FREO AND AUSTRALIA SPECIAL

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on September 29, 2012

Today is a special day in Australia. It’s AFL Grand Final day. Although I am not a fanatical football or sports fan I always watch the AFL final, as I do the Melbourne Cup horse race and the Boxing Day cricket test match. They are historic and significant days for me where we celebrate Australia.

It made me think of the stand out days in Fremantle for me and I can’t get passed the Blessing of the Fleet as one of my favourites. I used to love St Patricks Day when there was still a parade through Freo, but now it’s only drinking in the pub stuff that does not inspire me much at all.

On the heels of these two events come the Fremantle Festival Parade, The Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta, the Easter weekend Street Art Festival and the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival. All great events that make Freo special, and so is Australia Day and the fireworks over Bathers Beach.

I am also a huge fan of the free Sunday concerts at the Fremantle Art Centre and of the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra Christmas Proms there, as I am of the Indian Food Festival on the Esplanade.

To paraphrase Freo councillor Rachel Pemberton, if you are bored in Freo it means you are not getting out much. Come join the fun, meet new people, be part of your community!

Tomorrow at 10 am is the start of the Gentlemen’s Vintage Bicycle Ride at the Fremantle Art Centre!

Roel Loopers

FREO WEEKEND FULL OF FUN

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 7, 2012

If you don’t want to sit in front of the TV all weekend watching footy matches, there is plenty on in Fremantle this weekend and even on Monday.

On Saturday join the fun at Wray Avenue for the Verging Bushland initiative where native trees will be planted on the verges by the local community. It’s on from around 10 am.

Sunday will see the big worldwide YOGA AID  at Kings Square from 11 am to 3 pm, so get involved and active for a good cause. Also on Sunday from 2pm is the procession of the Black Madonna through the inner city, so enjoy this lovely tradition. It starts at the Basilica opposite the Film and Television Institute in Adelaide Street.

On Monday Wheels West will do their own kind of procession, bringing stunning vintage motorcycles to Victoria Quay at B Shed between 11-2, so lovers of these noisy beasts should flock to the harbour.

Roel Loopers

WORLD WIDE YOGA AID STARTS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 20, 2012

Time to start the spring clean and empty the shed to find your Yoga mats, because on Sunday September 9 Fremantle will hold the YOGA AID day at Kings Square from 11-3.

Yoga Aid is a 24 hour global relay, starting in Australia and finishing at sunset in Los Angeles. Aim is to raise one million dollars for charity.

There will be 200 events in over 20 countries and 50 events across Australia, so start stretching those muscles, meditate and prepare yourself for a big day in Freo’s city square.

100% of money donated will go to the charities of your choice; Nelune, Black Dog, Barnados Australia, etc.

The day coincides with the procession of the Black Madonna in Fremantle, so it should be a pretty good day to chill out in our gorgeous city!

Pass this on through your networks please!

Roel Loopers

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