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Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 2, 2012

I am very disappointed and sad that one of Fremantle‘s iconic events, the Cappuccino Strip Street Club, seemed to have died. What was on show last night was not even a shadow of the CSSC we had the last years. Where were the couches and rugs, the games, the people? I first thought I’d had the date wrong and am embarrassed I told a lot of tourists about the event while I was on Round House tourguide duty.

There were a couple of dressed up kids being photographed, a small group of dressed up people dancing, and two food stalls. There was nothing of the eclectic, creative and vibrant community fun we are used to from the Cappuccino Strip Street Club. It is very disappointing Fremantle has lost one of the truly outstanding Freo happenings. The big question is if it can be resurrected with maybe more input from the city and new dedicated people taking over from those who used to run the strip club, but must have burnt out.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Mary DC said, on March 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Place making activities like Cappuccino Club require energy and involvement by ordinary citizens – in this case the Freo Community. Good work those who have put their time into keeping it going. This stuff is organic and there’s always room to keep playing and experimenting together. We need u to be a champion Roel not a naysayer! Let’s have a cuppa to explore some ideas for engaging more people.


  2. Lauren Mansfield said, on March 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I totally agree, Roel. The event at Kings Square was pretty embarrassing. Possibly the location just isn’t as conducive as the cappucino strip, with far less thru-traffic, but whatever the reason going down there was a waste of time.

    I think it’s a great shame that a certain councillor used this group and their events to promote her campaign (especially so considering it receives council funding) and then dropped it like a hot potato as soon as she was elected. I spread the word about this event after going to a couple last year, and I feel pretty used.


  3. freoview said, on March 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Not whining, Eric, but about wanting to improve Fremantle. ” >)
    Critical observations should not be dismissed as whining. Without criticism we’ll never improve.



  4. Eric Wardlow said, on March 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Roel, you whine too much.


  5. freoview said, on March 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I would be delighted to be involved in the Cappuccino Strip Street Club, Emma. I just did not have the right feel last night. Most of what made it work in the past was missing. I came twice to see if it was getting better, but left disappointed. I know how hard it is to get volunteers and for people to take on ownership of events. I came to photograph, laud and promote CSSC, as I have always done.

    Next time better I hope. Let me know how I can help and I’ll be there!



  6. Epowell said, on March 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Hi Roel,
    This is a disappointing post. The event last night may have had a small attendance but it took a lot to organise I can assure you.
    Previous events have been on the actual Cappucino Strip, benefitting from passing tourists, people dining, movement of traffic and borrowed atmosphere from the restaurants near by. The event last night had none of those things to lean on.
    The event was organised by the City in collaboration with volunteers from CSSC and FICRA. I am sure you can appreciate it did not happen overnight.
    There were plenty of people there after you left, including people who helped the volunteers put all the equipment away.
    Obviously things could have gone better – But offering condolences is not appropriate, CSSC is most definitely alive and your support would be appreciated.
    Regards, Emma Powell


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