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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

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

 

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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HUNDRED SHOWS AT FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, Easter, entertainment, festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 19, 2019

 

 

The program for this year’s Fremantle STREET ARTS FESTIVAL is out so grab yourselves a printed copy at the City of Fremantle library or check it out on the Facebook page or City’s website.

The annual festival is on again during the Easter long weekend on April 19-22 and will showcase more than one hundred shows in four days from all over the world.

On the Easter menu are Cho Kairin from China, Bug N’Buzz from France, Welcome to my Head from Spain, Jaardu from India. Anatole and Pulet Crus also from France, Drawing Circus from South Korea, La Dolce Flamingo from the USA, Ready.Aim.Fire from Germany, The Sculptor Clown from Portugal, Nuptial Ropes from Switzerland, Rhythm from Japan, and many more.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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THE EPIC FREMANTLE MOONDYNE WALK

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, festival, heritage, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2019

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Sunday was a bit of an epic day for me following The Moondyne Walk as part of the Fremantle Fenians Festival. It celebrated the great escape 150 years ago by John Boyle O’Reilly from Fremantle Prison to Rockingham where he and other escaped Fenians boarded the whaling ship Catalpa and sailed to Boston,USA.

Moondyne is probably the first novel ever written about Western Australia.

75 readers each read a part of the book in one of the 16 locations around Fremantle.

I started my day at 8 am the Fremantle Arts Centre and from there the Townhall, the moody Aardvark bar under the Norfolk Hotel, the Hougoumont hotel, B Shed, Maritime Museum, Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Roundhouse, Lionel Samson cellars and Kidogo Arthouse, where the festival finished with a concert with Lucky Oceans and many others, and where I finished my epic journey at 8pm.

What a fantastic way to celebrate Fremantle’s history with multicultural readers of the Moondyne book in some of our city’s great buildings.

Roel Loopers

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JOIN TODAY’S MOONDYNE WALK AROUND FREO

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, festival, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2019

 

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The Moondyne Walk is under way and will be going all day around Fremantle, so all your lovers of history, Fenians, Irish, or prison break-outs, come and join the walk!

The event is part of this year’s Fremantle Fenians Festival where 75 volunteers read from the Moondyne book by John Boyle O’Reilly at 16 locations around Fremantle. See the map and times below!

150 years ago the big Catalpa escape was from Fremantle Prison when a group of Fenians fled to Rockingham, where they were picked up by the whaling boat Catalpa and sailed to Boston. It is a great story well worth reading up on!

I went at 8am to the Fremantle Arts Centre and will be going to a few different locations all day to take some more photos.

Roel Loopers

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JOIN THE HISTORIC FREMANTLE MOONDYNE WALK

Posted in book, city of fremantle, festival, history, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on February 23, 2019

 

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Tomorrow Sunday 24 February from 7am to 7.30pm the Moondyne Walk takes place throughout the streets of Fremantle as part of the Fenians Festival.

This inaugural event is a public reading of the entire novel written by John Boyle O’Reilly about Western Australia. It was first published in Boston in 1878 as a serial in the Boston Post and later published as the novel Moondyne in 1880.

This is possibly the very first novel written about Western Australia and presents a penetrating view of colonial life, Aboriginal culture, and the power dynamics in operation at the time.

The entire book will be read in public over 12 hours at sixteen historic locations throughout Fremantle starting at 7.00am at the Fremantle Prison and finishing at 7.30pm during the Gaelic Gumbo concert on the lawns in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach.

You can register your interest in hearing this amazing story at one or more of the following sixteen locations.

The closing event features a Gaelic Gumbo concert on the lawns of Kidogo Arthouse with Lucky Ocean, The Zydecats, Fiona Rea and Tommy O’Brien.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FENIANS FESTIVAL IS BACK

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, entertainment, festival, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2019

 

 

The Fremantle Fenians Festival is back from February 22-24 with a three-day program of music, literature, film and Irish dancing to commemorate the life and works of Fenian prisoner, writer and journalist John Boyle O’Reilly.

O’Reilly landed in Fremantle in 1868 aboard the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to Australia. He escaped in1869 aboard the whaling ship Gazelle which transported him to the USA. There he was one of the instigators of the famous Catalpa Escape, the daring rescue of the remaining Fenian prisoners in Fremantle Prison.

 The Fenians Festival program starts on Friday 22 February with internationally renowned Irish musician Sharon Shannon and her band, with special guest singer Susan O’Neill, in double bill concert at John Curtin College of the Arts Fremantle.

It concludes on Sunday 24 February when the final passage in the epic 12-hour reading of O’Reilly’s novel Moondyne Joe will be read by His Excellency Mr Breandán Ó Caollaí, Ambassador of Ireland to Australia at 8pm, during Lucky’ Oceans’ Gaelic Gumbo, an outdoor concert on the front lawn of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach that runs from 6.30pm to 9pm.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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TASTE OF THE FRINGE FESTIVAL AT FREO’S LIV APARTMENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, entertainment, festival, theatre, Uncategorized by freoview on January 28, 2019

 

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Check out what’s on at this year’s FRINGE FESTIVAL this Tuesday January 28 at the LIV apartments in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria Street.

A selection of fringe acts will perform under the stunning artwork by Rick Vermey from 6.30-8pm.

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FREO FALLS DOWNTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on January 5, 2019

 

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The Falls Downtown music festival is on in Fremantle this weekend, so head out to Fremantle Oval for great music and fun!

Featuring:
ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS · CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · VANCE JOY · CHVRCHES · HILLTOP HOODS · JUICE WRLD · INTERPOL · TOTO · DIZZEE RASCAL (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · 88 RISING FEAT. RICH BRIAN, JOJI, NIKI & AUGUST 08 (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · FLIGHT FACILITIES · AMY SHARK · DEAN LEWIS · DMA’S · KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD · GOLDEN FEATURES · FIRST AID KIT (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · OCEAN ALLEY · HOCKEY DAD · CASHMERE CAT (ONLY AUS SHOWS) · THE VACCINES · LPX · CUB SPORT · RUEL · JACK RIVER · BISHOP BRIGGS · MALLRAT · BRIGGS · TOUCH SENSITIVE · TKAY MAIDZA · DERMOT KENNEDY · TIRED LION · HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVEMAKERS · SOCCER MOMMY · ODETTE · MAHALIA · HATCHIE · WEST THEBARTON · SAM FENDER · TIA GOSTELOW · KOTA BANKS · TRIPLE ONE · ALICE SKYE · CARLA GENEVE · HEAPS GAY DJ’S & FRIENDS

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