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GOOD PEOPLE TOGETHER CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, culture, people, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2019

 

Now that the year is coming to an end I want to reflect a little bit about life in general, and I want to make the statement that I love almost everything about life.

I love nature, music, theatre, culture, history, art, books, good food and cooking, wine, animals, coffee and cafes, etc. and I am totally in love with Fremantle, but what I love about life most is people.

While none of us is perfect, people make the planet the very special place it is, with all our opinionated righteousness, with our willingness to care and share, and with our efforts to make the world a better place for future generations, and yes, we fail at that quite often.

We love, disappoint and are disappointed, we fail and succeed, and hopefully we succeed more often than we fail. Not trying to make a positive difference is not an option, even when one’s opinion is often criticised aggressively on social media.

We are all different, and we all have different tastes, solutions and opinions, but no one has all the answers and solutions, so we need to learn to respectfully disagree, instead of defamation, insults and name-calling.

Our cynicism about politicians is often warranted, because politics appear to be mainly about power, rather than about good governance. Only this morning on Twitter I got so frustrated about politicians from all parties engaging in silly point-scoring and blaming others, instead of engaging in positive dialogue and collaboration in the best interest of Australia.

I adore people, although I have been deeply hurt a few times, and I have no doubt I have also hurt people, but I am absolutely convinced that most people around the world, no matter what their culture or religion is, are good people, and good people together can make planet Earth and even more brilliant place to live on!

Smile at strangers, hug the ones you know and tell them they are special, keep an open mind about everything, accept change, and don’t fear those who are different.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2020. It is going to be a very big year of change for Freo.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ABORIGINAL DANCE NATION

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on December 1, 2019

 

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The national Aboriginal DANCE NATION  was held all over Australia today and of course also in Fremantle.

There was a big mob of moorditj people who were all there to show respect for our Aboriginal culture.

Roel Loopers

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DAVID SPENCER PATTERNS&HABITS ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2019

 

 

Fremantle artist David Spencer has an on-line exhibition Patterns&Habits on his website, so click on the link and have a browse: https://spencertive.com/shop-paintings

 

Roel Loopers

EXHIBITION ABOUT GENTRIFICATION AT DADAA

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, homelessness, housing, Uncategorized by freoview on November 27, 2019

 

A very interesting exhibition No Fixed Address that explores survival tactics, social rituals and ways of moving within and occupying public space will open this Friday at the new DADAA gallery in the former Boys School at Fremantle’s Princess May Park.

Artists Olga Cironis, Janet Carter, Hannan Jones, Tanya Lee, Lincoln Mackinnon, Mike Moshos, Rebecca Riggs-Bennett, Susan Roux and Wade Taylor collaborated with homeless people and St Patrick’s staff for this show that will deal with the gentrification of the East End of Fremantle.

There will be an exhibition, workshops, public events, installations and films.

A Carpe Noctum walking tour will be held on the 30th of November and 9th of December from 8pm to explore who has the right to occupy our urban spaces after dark.

A penel discussion will be held about housing diversity on January 23 from 6pm.

The exhibition opens this Friday from 6-8pm at DADAA.

 

Roel Loopers

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WONDERFUL SHAUN TAN PAINTINGS AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle arts centre, Uncategorized by freoview on November 25, 2019

 

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There is an exhibition of wonderful paintings by Shaun Tan at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The works are the original paintings for Tan’s most recent book Tales from the Inner City, which tells the story about the relationship between humans and animals.

There is also another good show Western Current with works by local artists which is well worth seeing.

I could not at all connect with the third show Preppers, which is about people all over the world preparing for the end of civilisation.  If I believed civilisation is about to end I’d order two cases of Grange Hermitage and drink myself into oblivion. ;>)

Roel Loopers

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WARDARNJI ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL TONIGHT

 

The annual WARDARNJI Aboriginal Festival is on at the Fremantle Arts Centre this evening from 6.30pm. Gates open at 5.30pm.

Aboriginal dance, music, food, is perfect for this warm Saturday evening, so don’t miss it!

Over 100 dancers will perform traditional Noongar dances as well as original, contemporary pieces which take you to the heart of our rich cultural history. Dance groups involved include Middar, Wadumbah, Kwarbah Djookian, Kwobidak Yok Kenning, Mungart Yongah, Koolangkas Kreate, Djiripin Djindas and Bigirrda Dancers.

A highlight of this year’s Wardarnji will be the Story of the Wargyl who weaved through the land in the Dreamtime and created our waterways in Noongar country. The story will be narrated and performed by a giant Wargyl puppet.

Roel Loopers

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ARTY ANCHORS IN FREMANTLE PORT

 

 

I had an early morning stroll through Fremantle’s beautiful West End and the port and took some photos of these arty anchors, which are part of the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale 2019.

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FREO COUNCIL GOT THE ANSWERS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2019

 

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Good to see that Fremantle Council believes that it has got all the answers to all the questions by the community, as this sign next to the temporary offices of the City of Fremantle at Fremantle Oval shows.

This is however not a community confidence marketing campaign where our elected members try to convince us they’ve got it all under control, but it is the Billboard Project art by Sam Bloor for the Fremantle Biennale. Walk around town and find the other billboards.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BIENNALE ART ON SHOW

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, exhibition, Fremantle Biennale, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2019

 

 

I had a look at a few of the Fremantle Biennale art shows around town on Sunday, so here some impressions of it.

Tom Blake is in the cellar of the Kakulas Sister building and using the ground water level to create reflections of it in a mirror.

Sleeping with the Sun is a very large ‘box’ with a lot of tiny lights by Kayako Nakashima in the wonderful space at Artsource in the former Customs House.

Roel Loopers

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE MAGIC WATER LICHT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festivals, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2019

 

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This evening from 7.30pm onward is your last chance to see the magic light and smoke Water Licht show by Daan Roosegaarde, which is part of the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale at the Esplanade.

There were thousands of people watching it on Saturday mesmerised by the serene beauty of it, so don’t miss it!

Roel Loopers

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