The gorgeous and the even more beautiful were up and ready today when large groups of teenagers came to the Fremantle Festival Norfolk Lanes Youth Musical Festival. It was all relaxed and fun as the hoolahoops spun and some of the braver ones wriggled their hips.
Sunday April 15 is a good day for parents who have no idea what else to do with their children during school holidays. The City of Fremantle is celebrating National Youth Week with INCUBATE. Performing will be Sonpsilo Circus, Wolves at the Door, Lucy Peach, Slackjaw, Amanda Merdzan, and James Hall.
Art, music, an art installation, and all that for free at Fremantle’s Kings Square between 3-7 pm. Should it rain it will be inside the Town Hall.
Last night I did something foolish, something I have never done before. After a social dinner at the Capri for members of the Fremantle Society, I noticed a fracas on the opposite side of the Cappuccino Strip between around 15 young people in their late teens. I stood for a minute to watch and then decided to do something about it, as I did not want to see more parents on TV crying about their child being in a coma because it had been king hit, or had smacked a head on the pavement.
All I did was to walk over and stand between the fighting parties and talk to them in a non aggressive placating way. I asked a crying girl if she was alright, if anyone was hurt, and found out that some of them were celebrating a girl’s birthday. I suggested they go and enjoy themselves and make sure no one gets hurt. Pretty quickly it calmed down. I was pleased with myself for taking ownership of a problem in my city, Fremantle, the place I love and feel responsible for. I could have called the police, but that could have been too late and someone might have been seriously hurt.
Maybe we more often need to take action in our own hands, as the artists at the J Shed do by painting it themselves. Maybe we can’t rely on authorities to always do it for us. Instead of getting frustrated by inaction, we can take the initiative and make the small changes and improvements we want. Forget the red tape and always doing things by the book. I am not suggesting doing illegal things, but common sense stuff. Clean up the mess THEY don’t. Take ownership and make Freo an even better place.
I went to the Perth Royal Show at the Claremont Showground yesterday to take photos and interview kids for the Fremantle Herald and Perth Voice newspapers. One surely has to like crowds of people, everyone bumping into everyone. Screaming teenagers on the trains. Wow, young girls can talk and talk and talk, and say not much more than “like” every second word.
I’ll post a few more photos on the weekend once the newspapers have been published, so here is just the one to wet the appetite.
What a super Saturday the Fremantle Festival presented. If I wasn’t already in love with Fremantle I would be desperately in love now, after 10 days of the most fantastic community spirit, creativity and fun.
I shot the Tweed Run, the Norfolk Lane Youth Festival with all the amazing graffiti art, some mind blowing music, let alone the skills of the skate boarders down in Essex Street. The Wishing Booth came up with interesting suggestions. The Agnes Street Quilt Day was just another example of what our community is all about; people sharing in the most gentle and creative way. I loved it! From there to the Fremantle Arts Centre for the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival. It has always been one of my favourite events and I was not disappointed today. Back to the Norfolk/Essex for some more youth fun, and finally collapsing at home with a few dark White Rabbit beers from Little Creatures.
Thank you so much Fremantle. You people are so special. Give yourselves a hug!
Photos copyright Roel Loopers. Profile Photography