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Posted in art, artists, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2018


BRILLIANT art show. Oct 19


The Fremantle Arts Assemblage is holding another exhibition at the Fremantle Moores Gallery in Henry Street from October 19 to November 4, so make sure to go and have a look at it.

One of my favourite print makers Junko Kitamura is in the show, and so are Sharyn Egan, Alan Muller, Simon Gilby, Rebecca Dagnall, David Spencer, Fiona Gavino, Mark Welsh, Alessandra Rossi, and many others.

The them of the show is Undercurrent.

The show opens this Friday at 6pm with live music by the Brilliant Brothers and The Flukes.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, city planning, culture, lifestyle, living, Uncategorized by freoview on October 8, 2018



I was surprised to get a few negative comments about the mural artwork on the corner of Stevens and Brennan streets in Fremantle. I am yet to hear strong community protest against visual pollution such as signs all over the place, so what irks people about art along our streets?

Some people believe that individual home owners have no right to impose their art and taste on the community, and they argue that if people want these murals they should do it on the inside of the wall, or inside their house, but not where it is visible to the general public. I disagree with that.

Since humans started building structures others have had that imposed on them, be that bad architecture, ridiculous colour schemes, or garden gnomes, lions, etc.

And where would we stop if we legislated against murals and other art on private properties?  Should we ban businesses as well from beautifying their walls, and is it acceptable to have public art inflicted on us? What about bus shelters and railway stations?

Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, but I believe that most people understand what crappy amateur art is, compared to good professional art, and the artwork in Brennan Street is the latter.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, disability, festival, movie, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2018


The Other Film Festival road show is coming to Fremantle for the first time this weekend. Over 2 days, catch amazing films from around the world by, with, and about people with disability.

There is a show on today-Saturday at 11am and tomorrow-Sunday at 8.15pm, so check the sessions.

DADAA is proud to present the inaugural Act-Belong-Commit WA Stories showcase made by DADAA artists and the Screenwest panel sessions to discuss screen culture. Sessions are FREE but bookings are required.

Choose your sessions and book here:

Films and panels are audio described and open captioned. Auslan interpretation available for Session 4 on Sunday 7 October, as well as the panel discussions.

DADAA is in the former Boys School at 92 Adelaide Street in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, culture, food, heritage, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 4, 2018




There is an application for a liquor license on the former Kulcha building on Fremantle’s Cappuccino Strip, so it looks like the new lessees will soon start with their restaurant and live music venue above the Dome cafe in the gorgeous building.

Roel Loopers



Posted in aboriginal, architecture, art, city of fremantle, city planning, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2018



I had no idea how big and impressive the new WA Museum at the Perth cultural centre was going to be until I saw the building site yesterday.

Museums, cultural centres and state galleries are such important places to tell our stories, so I hope he WA State Government will in the near future also make an investment in Fremantle and build a migrant museum on Victoria Quay and an Aboriginal Cultural Centre as well.

Fremantle Ports is creating two new websites, one for normal port business and the other specifically for Victoria Quay, so it looks like they might go ahead with development there after all, and connect the port better with Kings Square.



While in Perth, during one of my very rare visits to the big smoke, I also noticed the SKS Group building the Hilton Doubletree hotel at Elizabeth Quay, so now hoping they will prioritise the Fremantle one at Princess May Park as well.

And isn’t it nice to see that there are actually architects who design nicely curved and round buildings, instead of the boring and predictable rectangular ones. Yes, these buildings are too high for Freo, but I’d love to see some rounded corners at new developments.

Roel Loopers




The last summer Fremantle Festival starts in a month as it will become a winter festival from next year.

10 NIGHTS IN PORT will run from  12-21 July 2019  when the Fremantle Festival returns to a ten-day immersive experience of wild art and hidden treasures in 2019.

Presenting works across contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance, the program is designed to encourage discovery and celebration. Informed by a sense of place and the undeniable uniqueness of our port city. Full 2019 program will be announced April 2019.

This year’s festival starts on Friday October 26 with the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre, followed on Sunday with the Blessing of the Fleet procession through the inner city to the Fishing Boat Harbour.

On Saturday November 2 Bathers Beach will be set alight when Kraken lights up a big Black Swan and when Karla-k Koorling lights many fires to connect the people of Fremantle, each fire hosting a dance, songs, puppetry, performance or spoken word.

Stay tuned for more info closer to the festival!

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, disability, festival, movies, Uncategorized by freoview on September 25, 2018


A deaf mugger takes along his sign interpreter if he wants his victims to understand that they are being mugged. A woman with a prosthetic leg loves shoe shopping. A dog relays the experience of involuntary admission to a public psychiatric ward.

These are some of the compelling stories from around the world that will feature in The Other Film Festival in Fremantle in October. DADAA has teamed up with Arts Access Victoria to bring The Other Film Festival to Western Australia for the first time.

A trailblazing event that features film, presentations and industry panels by, with and about people with disability, this festival has screened powerful and provocative Australian and international films in a fully accessible program since 2004.

DADAA will present The Other Film Festival in the recently renovated cinema at the DADAA Fremantle Hub (Old Boys’ School) on 6 & 7 October.

Along with the curated program of films from the Melbourne festival, DADAA is proud to present the inaugural Act-Belong-Commit WA Stories showcase of the best WA short films made by DADAA artists.

DADAA arts partner Screenwest will present two engaging panels in the festival to discuss and debate aspects of disability screen culture, with leading representatives from the film sector.

The Other Film Festival is changing how the community thinks about disability. The accessible program features audio-description, captioning and Auslan interpretation – and it’s all free to the public! The WA tour of The Other Film Festival is supported by Act-Belong-Commit with Screenwest presenting the panel sessions.

Tickets are free but bookings at Eventbrite please!



Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle prison, history, maritime, museum, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2018


Fremantle Prison



Not sure what to do on this longs weekend Monday or during the school holidays? Why not visit our great Fremantle museums!

The World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison conducts tours throughout the day, the display at the Shipwrecks Museum about the Dutch history of WA is fascinating, and at 1pm witnessing the cannon fire behind the Roundhouse is a booming experience.

And at the Maritime Museum is a very good exhibition about the French captains Baudain and Freycinet.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, heritage, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 23, 2018




The event below is only going to happen at the end of November, but since it is a fundraiser for the Fremantle Roundhouse, WA’s oldest public building, I want to make you all aware of it now, so that you can book your tickets @ $ 30.00 from early.

Check out the Facebook page for details!

2018 is the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein and the birth of science fiction!

Come celebrate an important date in modern writing and global pop culture. Please join arts-music performers Genrefonix at the momentous Fremantle Roundhouse for a live multimedia show that will reanimate one of WA’s most historic sites. We’ll unearth amazing connections between this ‘panopticon’ style ex-prison and Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, and have a rockin’ good time while we are at it! Come celebrate the amazing and forgotten heritage of WA’s most significant colonial landmark.

Frankenstone will begin in the relative serenity and abundant hospitality of the Old Custom’s House Atrium at 8 Phillimore Street (Fremantle), before leading audiences upward to the momentous Roundhouse to witness it’s many secrets unleashed through music and film.

Roundhouse architect and man of mystery Henry Reveley (1788-1875) is cast as key protagonist in a gothic tale so wild that only WA’s most infamous building could contain in it. Henry’s lifelong bonds with Mary, both emotional and intellectual, are exposed through a theatrical retelling and reimagining of the recorded facts, revealing a contorted sketch of a dark, talented genius mired in pathos and hellbent on reanimating the past.

Featuring a mix of new Frankenstein film sequences shot in the Roundhouse and rockin’ live music/sound effects Frankenstone will unchain the past. Pivotal historic bonds with Mary will be revealed, and their dramatic consequences rendered bare against stark walls of limestone.

The show is 45mins long, with audiences most welcome to enjoy the hospitality of Old Customs House before and after the show.

All proceeds from Frankenstone will go to the Fremantle Roundhouse to assist with upgrading event facilities, allowing the venue to live again for the people of WA.



Posted in art, artsource, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2018


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Two art exhibitions in the stunning Old Customs House Gallery of Fremantle’s Artsource are well worth viewing.

Woven by Straw is the unique art of one of Fremantle’s most favourite Dutch people Theo Koning, while Systematic Intuition is the creation of Gert Handschin.

The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11m to 5pm and will also be open on the long weekend Monday.

The show is on till September 30. The gallery is in Phillimore Street near the Cliff Street intersection.

Roel Loopers

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