Freo's View

A LOT OF FREEO ON OFFER THIS SUNDAY

 

Sun 3

DSC_7771

 

Summer is almost over so make sure to go out and about in Fremantle today and enjoy this beautiful Sunday. There is so much on offer that one does not need to get bored, or has to spend a lot of money, as there are heaps of free things to do.

The Freo Farmers Market is on at Fremantle College till midday, the Sculpture at Bathers is on all day at Bathers Beach, with coloured lights illuminating the bush at night.

The traditional Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard music session is on from 2-4pm with R&B, blues and soul by Pugsley Buzzard, and also on, for the last time this season, are the Foodtrucks at B Shed and the concert on the deck of the Maritime Museum. Both start at 4pm.

And the sight of the massive Majestic Princess cruise ship in port will no doubt impress the kids, so go for a wander and appreciate how special Freo is!

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on A LOT OF FREEO ON OFFER THIS SUNDAY

DOES FREMANTLE GET A GOOD RETURN FROM FESTIVALS?

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, festivals, local government, music, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2020

 

I love the big music festivals in Fremantle. There is a real buzz around town when thousands of young people dressed to a T- and many barely dressed-walk to the venues, but what, besides giving Fremantle the reputation of festival city, do these festivals do for the Freo community?

From my own observation most patrons arrive in Freo and walk straight to the venue from the train station or bus stops, or get dropped off by family or friends, or taxis and Uber, so they don’t wander around our city and frequent cafes.

Even when pass-outs are permitted there is little reason to leave the venues, where there are bars and foodtrucks, and inner city Freo has none of the popular food franchises, so why should festival visitors bother to leave the great ambience of the festival. Being part of a big singalong crowd of 15,000 people, all with the one focus of having a great day out listening to great music, brings and almost intimate sense of belonging, so why pop out to buy food and drinks elsewhere?

So how much really does Fremantle benefit from these festivals, how much does the City of Fremantle charge festival organisers for the use of Fremantle Oval, the Esplanade, and Fremantle Park? What are the financial benefits for a city with a small ratepayers base, that is struggling to find funding for the repairs of Arthur’s Head, the Roundhouse and other projects?

According to the CoF they got $ 1,840 per day, per sector, plus additional payment for the use of carparks, but I don’t know how much that is, plus there is a bond required for the ground restoration.

I assume the per day fee includes the many days for setting up and dismantling events.

The City told me the arrangements with the festival organisers are subject to a commercial agreement, and that the city gets dividend from these large events. If that dividend is high enough is the question I am asking myself.

I wonder why the City of Fremantle does not demand a percentage from the ticket sales, as is the case in some other states, when the organisers make a lot of money. For example the Falls Festival at Fremantle Oval reportedly had 37,000 patrons over the two days, with an average ticket price of $ 150, and that totals well over five million dollars, plus they get a percentage of the sale from the very busy food stalls.

I assume the St Jerome Laneway Festival had well over 10,000 patrons as well, and the average ticket price there was also $ 150, while the Cold Chisel New Year’s concert at Fremantle Park charged an average of $ 160.

That’s big money, and Fremantle needs some of it badly, so maybe financially better deals for the City should be considered by Fremantle Council? What do you think?

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 15 YEARS

Posted in city of fremantle, clasical, concerts, culture, fremantle chamber orchestra, music by freoview on February 12, 2020

 

Fac 2

 

Fifteen years ago Solomon Street resident Hans Hug, who is a passionate cellist, started the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, and what a great success it has been.

The first concert for the FCO was with guitarist Milica Ilic, who had just graduated at UWA and the audience were blown away, so Hans decided that the orchestra should continue, as there was no other chamber orchestra in WA.

The master stroke of Hans Hug was to convince his friend Rudolf Koelman, who is one of the world’s leading violinists, to come and play with the FCO, and that has become a yearly tradition since.

Koelman will be there again this Saturday February 15 when the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra plays at the John Curtin College of the Arts theatre in Ellen Street at 3pm.

The program is Mendelsohnn, Saint-Saens, Cuneo and Mozart.

Whenever Rudolf Koelman plays with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra I get tears in my eyes, as the violin virtuoso is sublime.

Don’t miss out on this great concert, and support this Fremantle group.

There is a second concert on Sunday at the Government House Ballroom at 3pm, so that is a chance to hear Koelman twice on the weekend.

Roel Loopers

 

Comments Off on FREMANTLE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 15 YEARS

HARBOUR SUNDAYS GREAT SETTING

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fremantle port, Uncategorized by freoview on February 10, 2020

 

 

Here some arty impressions from the Harbour Sundays concert on the deck of the Fremantle Maritime Museum.

The band of very young musicians was excellent, but it would have been even better if they had turned the sound down a bit, as the deck is not that large and there is no real need to turn it up as high as they did.

It is a very popular session and a real delight to watch the port activities and sunset from there.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on HARBOUR SUNDAYS GREAT SETTING

SO MUCH ON OFFER IN FREO TODAY!

 

Harbour Sundays

 

It’s going to be busy in gorgeous Fremantle today, with something on offer for everyone.

The St Jerome Laneway Festival is on the Esplanade from 10am till 9pm, and the first game of the season is on for the women Fremantle Dockers footy team against Geelong at Fremantle Oval. This is a free event!

At the Fremantle Arts Centre the free courtyard music session is on from 2-4pm with Harry James Angus, and there are some very good new art exhibitions on show as well.

From 4pm it is time to head out to Victoria Quay forĀ  the free Sunset Dub Club and Food Trucks at B Shed with DJ’s, food, bar, silent disco for the kids, etc.

And just down the road at the Maritime Museum is the also free Harbour Sundays music event from 4pm. Both events are great to also watch the sunset and the activities in the port.

The sun is out, the humidity gone, so enjoy the Freo lifestyle!

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on SO MUCH ON OFFER IN FREO TODAY!

FREMANTLE LANEWAY FEST ON SUNDAY

Posted in afl, city of fremantle, concerts, muslim, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on February 7, 2020

 

Laneway 1

Laneway

 

The St Jerome Laneway Festival is on this Sunday from 10am till 9pm, so it will be busy in good old Freo, because the Fremantle Dockers women AFL team will play their first game of the season at Fremantle Oval as well, so be prepared for having to look for parking spots and traffic restrictions in the far west end of town.

And for those who want to jump the fence and get a free concert on Sunday, be aware that you will be prosecuted and end up before court.

Roel Loopers

 

Comments Off on FREMANTLE LANEWAY FEST ON SUNDAY

NAVY CLUB BUSHFIRE CONCERT

Posted in bushfires, city of fremantle, concerts, fundraising, natural disaster, Uncategorized by freoview on January 22, 2020

Busgfire concert 24th

 

The Fremantle NAVY CLUB in High Street is holding a bushfire fundraising concert this Friday January 24 from 5.30pm till late, so go and support it at the start of the long weekend.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on NAVY CLUB BUSHFIRE CONCERT

FREO BUSHFIRE SUPPORT CONCERTS TODAY

Posted in bushfires, city of fremantle, community, concerts, fundraising, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 12, 2020

 

fire aid 1

fire aid 2

 

There are two FIRE AID music events on today, so please suppor these fundraisers for the bushfire victims in Australia.

The Port Beach Bar event in the garden at Tydeman Road features the Witchy Djipsies, God Said NO, Blazing Swan Sound Camp and DJs. It is on from 1-7pm.

Helen Townsend and Belle Harvey will perform at the Hilton Park Bowling Club from midday on.

I hope someone will also collect money at the free Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard music session, which runs from 2-4pm.

And the buskers in front of the Fremantle Markets are also collection money for the bushfire victims from noon onward!

Have fun. It is a great day, so reflect on how lucky we have been so far in WA.

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on FREO BUSHFIRE SUPPORT CONCERTS TODAY

SECOND FIRE AID CONCERT AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in bushfires, city of fremantle, concerts, fremantle arts centre, fundraising, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 11, 2020

 

FAC fire concert

 

Great news for all who missed out on tickets for the FIRE AID concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre on January 31. The musicians have agreed to do a second show on February 1.

John Butler, The Waifs, San Cisco will all be at the second show, but Carla Geneve will stand in for Stella Donnelly.

Get your tickets for this great fundraising concert TODAY!

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on SECOND FIRE AID CONCERT AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

HUGE FREO FUNDRAISING FIRE CONCERT

 

FAC fire concert

 

It is amazing that so many people from all over the world are donating for the bushfire victims, and the entire city of Fremantle seems to have mobilised with many fundraising events.

There is a concert at the Port Beach Bar on the 12th from 1-7pm, all the bar profits of the South Freo Percy Flint bar on the 12th will also go to the fire victims, the Navy Club will also have a concert on the 24th, and there is heaps more going to happen all around Fremantle.

One of the biggest fundraisers no doubt will be the concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre on January 31 with John Butler, the Waifs, San Cisco, and Stella Donnelly. Tickets at FAC.OZTIX.COM.AU

We can all be proud to live in a city where the community really cares about others! Well done all who are given their time and for all the many donations!

Roel Loopers

Comments Off on HUGE FREO FUNDRAISING FIRE CONCERT

%d bloggers like this: