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UNDERCURRENT 19 FREMANTLE BIENNALE OF SITE SPECIFIC ART

WATERLICHT by Daan Roosegarde

 

A massive hundred people from arts, culture and business attended the very long launch of the Fremantle Biennale 2019 at the Maritime Museum on Thursday morning.

UNDERCURRENT 19 will be a fantastic experience for the Fremantle community and beyond and is an invitation to interact with Fremantle through artistic dialogues and site sensitive events. It will create new visual narratives which articulate the spirit of place, so make sure to check out the program here: http://www.fremantlebiennale.com.au/undercurrent/

The biennale runs from November 1-24 and is happening all over the Freo CBD with major events at Fremantle Port and Notre Dame University, the Shipwrecks Museum, etc.

Nicola Forrest of sponsor Minderoo Foundation was at the launch, as was the CEO of Fremantle Ports, former MP Melissa Parke, the Fremantle Mayor and several councillors, artists, curators, architects, art administrators, etc.

Here some titles of exciting events during Undercurrent 19: Pearls and Blackbirds about female divers, Behavioral Ecology, the cute South Mole Resort will be a must to visit, Desire Lines, the Somnus theatre of the sea, Midnight Blue Lagoon. the Standing Wave sound installation in the submarine, Ebb&Flow audience communication, the Billboard Project, etc.

There will also be a symposium at Notre Dame University about how artists make a living.

One of the highlights of Undercurrent 19 will be WATERLICHT by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde about our battle with water, rising sea levels and dwindling fresh water.

Roosegarde said about rising ocean levels in the typical pragmatic and laconic Dutch way “We innovate or we die”

I loved the 2017 inaugural Fremantle Biennale so can’t wait for it to start in three months from now.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE HIDDEN TREASURES MUSIC STARTS TONIGHT!

 

The great Fremantle Hidden Treasures music festival starts tonight in Freo’s beautiful historic West End and it is cheap entertainment. For just $ 20.00 one gets entry to all the five venues!

On the music menu tonight are:

BUFFALO CLUB: Oosterbanger, Dawesville Cut, Filth Wizzard

NAVY CLUB: Trevalene&The Dashleys, Tashi, Lincoln MacKinnon

PS ART SPACE: DJs, Lxxvers, Gazey, DJs

WYOLA CLUB: Sgt.Hulka, Aborted Tortoise, the Chevelles

NATIONAL HOTEL: Cecilia Brandolini, James David with Mel Robinson and Geordie Batey, Donna and the Devils Johnson.

THE TRAM: Tanaya Harper.

Have fun!

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FIRST FREMANTLE WINTER FESTIVAL STARTS

 

This year is the first time that the Fremantle Festival is held in winter and it starts this Friday.

Fremantle’s 10 Nights in Port is a celebration of contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance fom July 12-21.

Spread across Fremantle’s precincts, 10 Nights in Port takes into consideration the traditions of the local community and the character of the historic city. Each component of the festival is carefully woven out of the fabric of this place, says Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Feast of the Deceiver, presented by Secret Squirrel Produc,ons, is a WA first and will lure guests into a world of ulterior motives, an immersive game and luxury dining. The luscious six-course dinner will occur in a secret central Fremantle location and will keep diners on their toes.

Also premiering, The Miss Behave Gameshow is a freewheeling, high-energy variety whirlwind. Direct from her sold out seasons in Las Vegas and Sydney, London cabaret queen Amy Saunders (La Soiree, La Clique) will intoxicate audiences with her special brand of gliBering chaos.

In its ninth year, the highly successful Hidden Treasures winter music series will return as part of 10 Nights in Port with an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage.

Between shows, audiences can take a Soak in a series of outdoor relaxation stations where they can submerge and unwind or warm themselves by one of the many Festival Fires around the city.

The Festival Club at the Moore&Moore cafe will also offer a place to leisurely hangout throughout 1the Fremantle Festival with a series of hearty communal dining experiences, delicious drinks and music.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Glass Houses and Green Futures

Friday 12 – Thursday 18 July

Free

Glass Houses & Green Futures is a celebration of the horticultural knowledge and passion that exists across Fremantle. Conversation and cultivation will take place in five artist-built hothouses, led by the artists and gardening enthusiasts who keep Fremantle green, growing and blossoming. The site-specific glasshouses will host public sessions in locations across Fremantle and its satellite precincts.

Feast of the Deceiver

Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 July

Ticketed

Venture into a world of ulterior motives, immersive games and luxury dining, presented by Secret Squirrel Productions. Beginning as a luscious six-course dinner in a secret central Fremantle location, Feast of the Deceiver is not all that it first appears.

Fired Up

Raku firing & hot drinks: Saturday 20 July

Free

Fired Up is a participatory community project that reflects on what can happen when one master shares their skills among many students. Beginning with a series of public workshops, each ceramic form will then be placed into the fire to be hardened and cured.

Hidden Treasures

Thursday 11, Thursday 18 & Saturday 20 July

Ticketed

In its ninth year, Hidden Treasures treats WA music fans to an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage. This series of gigs offers a rare peek into some of the West End’s most evocative and tucked-away workers’ clubs and small venues.

Future Treasures

Wednesday 17 July

Ticketed

Wowzzzeee

Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July & Tuesday 16 – Sunday 21 July

Free

The Miss Behave Gameshow

Friday 12, Saturday 13, Thursday 18, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 July

Ticketed

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FUN FREO DRAGONBOATS FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, fishing boat harbour, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on May 5, 2019

 

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Hundreds of people came out early on Sunday to watch the dragon boats regatta, which was part of the all day Fremantle Dragonboats Festival in the Fishing Boat Harbour.

It was fun to watch.

Roel Loopers

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PETER GRESTE AT FREO NOTRE DAME ON FAKE NEWS AND FALSE HISTORY

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, heritage, media, notre dame university, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2019

 

 

Renowned Australian journalist Peter Greste, who was a political prisoner in Egypt for a considerable time, will be the keynote speaker at Notre Dame University during this year’s Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Fake News and False History: The use and abuse of truth and lies will be the topic of Greste’s talk in Tannock Hall in Cliff Street.

The free event is on May 17 at 6pm and registrations are required at http://www.eventbrite.com.au

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, festival, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2019

 

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The inaugural Fremantle Dragon Boat Festival will be held this coming Sunday May 5 in the Fishing Boat Harbour.  The free event will be on from 10am to 3pm.

The exciting racing will be presented in an atmosphere of pageantry and colour, music and Chinese culture.

Spectacle Dragon boat festivals are loud, colorful, and rich in tradition. The awakening of the dragon ceremony is over 2000 years old and gives the festival participant a snapshot of another culture. The beating of the boat drums, the clash of gongs, and the cheers of the spectators will provide a high octane energy throughout the festival venue!

The dragon boat has been a significant part of Chinese culture and today there are more than 50 million paddlers in China, and has become an international sporting attraction.

Taoist monks will perform the blessing of the waters and a unique eye dotting ceremony – dabbing red paint onto the eyes of each boat’s figurehead, which is said to awaken the dragons.

Come and revel in the festivities which will commence at 10am with a dragon boat regatta, onto sprint racing and the crowning of the winning team!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO SUBURBAN FILM FESTIVAL IN MAY

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, entertainment, festival, local government, movies, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2019

 

 

The Fremantle Suburban Film Festival is on in May on the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, to show that Freo is bigger and more than just the CBD, so make sure to support the great initiative.

It starts in the North Fremantle Community Hall on May 10 with the screening of Odyssey of the Half Safe, followed on the 17th in Sullivan Hall, White Gum Valley with the showing of Doing it Scared and Lowest to Highest.

On May 24 Seaside Donkey will be shown at the Samson Recreation Centre, and on May 31 Dugout is on at the Hilton PCYC.

Tickets can be booked at trybooking.com and more info is available on the Facebook page.

Have fun!

Roel Loopers

ALL SMILES AT FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL

 

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Here just a few impressions of what Fremantle looks like during the Street Arts Festival. I did my back so could not stay on, but will shoot some more pics the next two days

Hundreds of people were wandering around the Cappuccino Strip well before noon, so not really sure why the performances there only start at 1pm, but a few lucky ones knew the entertainment did start on the Esplanade at 12.

Really good vibe around town, happy people and happy smiling children, and the sun was shining.

Come and enjoy the fun. It is on all day Sunday and Monday from midday!

Roel Loopers

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BAD FRIDAY CANCELS FREO STREET ARTS

 

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Winter-like conditions forecast for Good Friday are making it into a bad Friday for the Fremantle Street Arts Festival which has been cancelled, but only for Friday!

Fourteen degrees and 100% chance of rain, hail and storms means we can spend Good Friday at home and contemplate, read a good book, drink mulled wine, etc.

But do support those cafes which are open tomorrow please. Chalkys in the West End of High Street, The Attic in Bannister Street, Duck Duck Bruce in Collie Street, TLC in Wray Avenue and the Lumos Cafe in White Gum Valley.

Also open are Benny’s Bar, Sail&Anchor, Little Creatures, Mexican Kitchen, Cicerello’s, Bathers Beach House.

The Festival is of course on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and in a cashless society do stock up at an ATM to get money to give to the performers.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO’S EASTER STREET ARTS FESTIVAL IS FREE AND FUN

 

 

Only two more sleeps until the great Fremantle Streets Arts Festival will be on during the long Easter weekend with acts from all over the world entertaining the large crowds.

It’s all free, fantastic and very Freo, so make sure to come and enjoy it and try to see every performance over the four days.

The weather forecast of only 18 degrees and 90% chance of rain on Good Friday, according to BOM, is not good and might see the cancellation of that day’s events, but the rest of the long weekend looks pretty good, so plenty of time to wander around Freo, have fun, a nice meal and support our local traders!

Saturday  a chance of a morning shower, so that will be over by the time the SAF starts, and sunny forecast for Sunday and Monday, so no excuses.

And my yearly lament, City of Fremantle. Why are there no programs at the Roundhouse to hand out to visitors from interstate and overseas? I complain about that every year but it falls on deaf ears.

Roel Loopers

 

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