The national Fremantle FALLS FESTIVAL will be held in the port city for the first time and work is well under way at Kings Square.
A large stage has been set up next to St John’s church, but to a layman like me the space seems too confined for a large music festival. I wonder how many patrons will be allowed in.
I understand there will exit passes so hopefully that will put some money into the coffers of inner city traders.
City of Fremantle officers should double-check the number of patrons Falls Festival organisers want to allow into the venue this coming weekend after the panic stampede at the Falls Festival in Lorne, Victoria this weekend.
More than 60 young people were injured, some with broken bones, sprains and suspected spinal injuries.
One young woman told TV reporters that she had felt uncomfortable from the beginning because there were so many people and she felt squeezed in. She said it was “like drowning on land” and she had started to hyper-ventilate.
The set up of the Falls Festival at Kings Square is no doubt different from that in country Victoria but it’s better to be safe than to be sorry.
It’s the start of summer and the best time to be in Fremantle, so get ready for a great weekend!
Tonight at 7 pm the Rainbow-Containbow sculpture at Beach Reserve will light up for the first time and that will become a permanent feature of the artwork, and tomorrow night Mayor Brad Pettitt will switch on the Christmas tree at Kings Square around 7.30.
Tomorrow is also the start of the art and craft BAZAAR at the Fremantle Arts Centre that will run all weekend, and on Saturday the South Beach Sunset Food Market starts from 5-9 pm and will run every Saturday till mid April.
On Sunday morning the all embracing lovely Growers Green Farmers Market is on from 8-12 at Lefroy Road and from 1 pm on the East Fremantle George Street Festival is on till early evening.
Staying at home this weekend is simply not an option. Get out and about, meet new people and embrace Freo’s community spirit!
While wandering around the Little Italy by the Sea event at Bathers Beach on Sunday I took an interesting long lens photo of Arthur Head and one of the Fishing Boat Harbour.
It was disappointing to see all the cars and vans of participants parked at the Italian festival and also many unsafe power cords all over the place without mats on top or even stuck down with gaffer tape. That is always a big no-no for market operators and needs to be addressed if they put up the event again next year. Where was the City’s safety officer to check it out?
The vehicles are very unsightly and power cords are dangerous at a family event!
What a shame that the Little Italy by the Sea event at Bathers Beach had to put up with very strong winds and rain on Saturday, but it is on today again from 12 noon till 10 pm, so go and enjoy some Italian culture and food.
The Blessing of the Fleet is also at 2 pm and will come past there and there are fireworks at 8 pm, so bring the family!
The spaghetti eating competition was very funny and good to see that great butcher Vince Gareffa also there selling yummy porchetta-baby pig.
The annual Fremantle Festival starts today with the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 6.30-8.30 pm. This is a free family event.
I very much like it that our port city festival starts with due recognition of our Whadjuk Noongar culture and history and hope it will become a tradition to start the Fremantle Festival with this indigenous event.
On Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 10 pm is the Little Italy by the Sea event at Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat harbour and on Sunday the traditional Blessing of the Fleet will take place from 2 pm with fireworks at 8 pm.
The Fremantle Festival is a real community festival that showcases our multiculturalism and engagement so make sure to come along and tell your friends.
I also want to acknowledge that this is the first festival in seven years that has not been organised by festival coordinator Alex Marshall, or Marshall Arts as I call him. Alex did a great job but decided to move on, so thanks for all the good work you did!
KAYA you Freo mob!
The fantastic WARDARNJI Aboriginal festival starts of this year’s Fremantle Festival this Friday evening at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 6.30-8.30 pm, so make sure to bring the whole family for this moorditj(deadly!) event of music, song, dance and bush tucker.
Aboriginal culture is very rich and over 40,000 years old, so this is a great opportunity for us Wadjelas(non Aborigines) to connect with our blackfella brothers and sisters and create a better mutual understanding.
There is a big weekend of entertainment, fun and history coming up for Fremantle this weekend, so get ready for it!
On Saturday the first FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL organised by Clancy’s Fish Pub will be held all day at Princess May Park with a great line up, so check out the Facebook page and buy your tickets soon!
On Sunday the Dirk Hartog Festival on Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port will celebrate that the Dutchman set foot on WA land 400 years ago at Shark Bay on October 25.
There will be entertainment, Dutch food, historic displays and talks, etc. so come along and say Goeden middag.
And if there is time left from 2-4 at the Fremantle Arts Centre Wildwood and Elli Schoen will be playing in the courtyard.
Fremantle will host another festival this summer on the weekend of October 29 and 30, in conjunction with the Blessing of the Fleet. The Little Italy by the Sea festival will be held at Bathers Beach and the Fishing Boat Harbour and will also be the venue for the Australian Specialty Coffee Championships 2016.
The weekend will be a celebration of Italian culture, food, coffee, art, dance and music, while “Piazza Italia” will be a bustling cafe strip. Belissima!
I am only hoping now there won’t be many business people complaining and saying these kind of events take business away from those who pay rent in the inner city, as the piazza is basically a market with stalls.
I love Freo’s summer of festivals and events and hope the entire community and people from all over Perth will embrace and enjoy it. Uno double Espresso per favore!
In what no doubt will be a very controversial decision the Full Council of the City of Fremantle this evening decided to stop the Australia Day fireworks immediately and find alternative ways of celebrating the national public holiday in January.
I believe it is a very brave and the right decision by Fremantle Council that acknowledges that Australia Day is not a day of celebration or reconciliation for our indigenous people. The time for European immigrants to say that Aboriginal people should just suck it up and get used to it is well and truly over, and Fremantle Council is showing great leadership on this divisive issue.
There were very passionate speeches by indigenous people who pointed out the massacres and rapes, the atrocities at the Rottnest Island Quod gaol and the Roundhouse, and as one of them said “We should all be proud of belonging to an ancients culture.”
Fremantle Chamber of Commerce board member Ra Steward was quite outraged that the fireworks might be stopped saying it showed blatant disregard for businesses and it would be a disaster if shops closed on Australia Day.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said the end of the fireworks would be a great opportunity for a new event and that we can get a better bang for our buck. He said that we could benefit culturally and socially as a community and move forward.
Councillor Jon Strachan pointed out that the fireworks on Australia Day are the single most expensive day on Fremantle’s events calendar and that stopping them would help us move further down the path of reconciliation.
Councillor Sam Wainwright paraphrased author Richard Flannagan that a worst day could not be found to celebrate Australia Day.
Councillor Dave Hume was the only Elected Member who spoke who did not agree with cancelling the fireworks. He said that Australia Day was a public holiday by the Federal Government and Fremantle as the festival city should celebrate it. “We do things on public holidays!”
I have no doubt the debate about this will continue and what alternative event(s) the COF might want to put up during the long weekend in January, but showing real respect for our indigenous culture and realising the hurt the British invasion has caused, is in my opinion a significant step forward, so I congratulate Fremantle Council!