The FREMANTLE COFFEE FESTIVAL IS ON THIS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3 FROM 10 AM TO 7 PM.
Coffee roasters including Di Bella, Dimattina, Rubra, Mocopan, Jessie’s Coffee, Braziliano, Silvana, Bonissimo, Grinders
Main stage on the corner of South Terrace and Market Street with bands starting from 11am including ,Blue Celts, Andrea Beatty, Owen Measday Jazz Duo, Pickpockets Gypsy Swin, The Continentals, Faces.
ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS IS THE GLADIATOR FIGHT BETWEEN FREMANTLE MAYOR BRAD PETTITT AND BENNY’S CAFE OWNER IVAN DZEBA at 2pm in the gladiator arena/castle near Nicks Place kebabs.
Kids entertainment: Bouncy castle, Climbing Wall, Gladiator Castle, balloon making, face painting, stencil art.
Urban artist Shane Hughes better known as “The Boss” will be doing his street art. Kids will be welcome to participate and use his stencils to create
their own piece of art.
Fat Cat appearance between 12noon and 1.30 pm.
Spaghetti eating competition at 3pm on the main stage.
Coffee Festival is organised by the Fremantle Business Association.
All activities and coffee is free of charge, all they ask for is for a gold coin donation which goes to Telethon Adventurers for research and fight to find the cure for children cancer.
I don’t understand why Bathers Beach in Fremantle is so underused and why it is not better promoted. How many cities in the world can claim to have a beach in their city centre, just a ten minute walk away from the train station? Not many, I bet, but I can’t even recall a City of Fremantle advertising promotion for Bathers Beach, which is just at the end of beautiful historic High Street.
While Freo people go to South Beach and flock in numbers to Port and Leighton by car, train and bike, Bathers Beach is rarely used. A few backpackers and Notre Dame uni students have discovered it, but it is still a very empty beach on most days of the year, even now that showers have been installed.
Bathers Beach is a jewel in the crown, a hidden treasure, that deserves to be promoted as something special, and even more so now that the Bathers Beach Art Precinct has been established and a new path is connecting J Shed with Kidogo Arthouse.
Late next year we can also expect an exciting new hospitality venue at BB with the former Fishermen’s Co-op building getting a make-over by the Cicerello owners. I was told yesterday that they hope to open in August 2014, as the plans have gone through council and been approved.
While waiting for a friend at Fremantle Victoria Quay I could not help myself and had to take some more photos of the Maritime Museum, B Shed and Leeuwin at sunset. In many ways this is what Freo is all about for me. The bird, is it a Kingfisher?, sat there for 40 minutes quite happy to observe what was going on.
The gorgeous and lovely MUTIMA Band is having a concert this Saturday at Fremantle Arthur Head from 2-4 pm with Dilip n the Dav’s. They are at 11 Captain’s Lane, in the third cottage from the historic Round House, so come and listen to the story telling by Wajipha Chongwe and the music.
While there, have a browse in the Mutima ArtHouse and Studio and next door at the new Wild Things gallery and the well-established Glen Cowans underwater photography gallery.
It’s only $ 10.00 for a nice afternoon in Fremantle’s most historic area.
Fremantle based Sunset Events is serious about setting up a venue in J Shed at Bathers Beach, with the City of Fremantle inviting interested parties to an information session about the plans for the area. It could be pretty exiting and great for the West End of Freo is a serious hospitality, music, exhibition centre was created at the northern end of South Beach, especially with the development of the former Fishermen’s Co-op building also starting soon. This would create a much needed flow of people between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat harbour as well as increased traffic along High Street, which would hopefully benefit the traders there.
Sunset Events is well known for organising the Blues&Roots, Southbound and other big music festivals, so let’s hope their plans for the most southern of the J Shed studios will be innovative and creative.
I specifically looked out for it on the weekend, but this year again the FREMANTLE FESTIVAL fails to promote the event visually in the inner city. There are no banners along the Cappuccino Strip that let visitors to our city know the festival is on, and neither is there a banner at Pioneer Park telling train passengers who arrive here about our great festival. I don’t believe that is good enough, as the festival should aim to inform and attract people from all over the Perth metropolitan area. The Fremantle Festival is no longer a little local festival but has grown in size and quality. The excuse that banners cost money that can be used instead to pay for acts, is a feeble one, because without a lot of people attending, festivals don’t work.
I also believe the Fremantle Visitors Guides should be handing out Festival programs in the streets.
There simply needs to be a strong visual indication that the festival is on, and banners could be reused year after year.
Another thing missing is Festival T-shirts. They were popular in the past when local artists where assigned to design the Festival posters, which then became T-shirts as well. Let’s reintroduce that next year and maybe also for the Street Art Festival.
The ticketed events appear to be a problem with the first Round House concert well down on numbers and this Thursday’s the Republic of Freo hypothetical also struggling to attract a good number of people. The Fremantle community might need an attitude change on this, as we tend to believe that our festival should be free for all.
After many years of absence the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce APC Photo Award has been rekindled and the results can be seen at the Woolstores shopping centre in Cantonment Street.The quality of the images is high when compared to other local amateur photo shows, so well done to all who participated.
I reluctantly agreed to be one of three judges, as one of the rules for the competition is that the images can be used for a period of two years by the Chamber, without the photographers getting paid for it. The ‘lure’ of giving the photographers credit in publications and the assurance they’ll retain copyright (a given under Australian copyright laws) really is not good enough and my efforts in trying to get that rule changed fell on deaf ears. This is a common problem with photo competitions in Australia and it is time organisers had a change of heart and stopped trying to get good promotional photos for free. Pay the creators usage rights.
Great news for all those keenly interested in history. Fremantle Arts Centre in partnership with creative technology company Frame. AR has announced the launch of a new augmented reality iPad tour that traces the FAC site’s history as a US Navy Submarine depot during WWII.
From November 16 visitors to FAC will be able borrow free iPads pre-loaded with the Fremantle Arts Centre WWII Time Window App which digitally overlays historic content over the present day site. The Time Window app is also available to download for free on the user’s own device.
At specific nodes around the building, visitors can use the app to create a window back in time where American sailors, colourful locals and the building itself comes to life.
RED DOG, the lovely movie about that great little dog wandering about in the Pilbarra, will be discussed at Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY this Friday November 1 at 6.30. (Nibbles and drinks at 6pm).
Red Dog producer Nelson Woss will attend the third annual Communications&Media Screening.
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