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FREO’S YELLOW VARINI ART LAST WEEKS

 

Felice Varini art

 

If you have not photographed or seen the stunning Felice Varini artwork along Fremantle’s High Street yet, you have only weeks to do so as it is due to come down in June.

The work is all about optical illusion and has been photographed by tens of thousands of people from all over the world who are very intrigued by it. It was installed in October last year as part of the High Tide biennale and Fremantle Festival.

Roel Loopers

 

THAT WAS A GREAT FREO LONG WEEKEND!

 

 

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We live in a special place here in Fremantle when one considers that we had a massive influx of tens of thousands of people over the four days of the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival and the days went peacefully without any big hicups and everyone had a smile on their face.

The 20th street arts festival was not the most outstanding in my opinion with a bit too much of the same for my taste because it lacked variety and creative top class performers.  My favourites were the roaming spectacle of the big birdmen and the funny roving photographers in their rain coats.

But what a great weekend for Freo and hopefully also for our traders!

Roel Loopers

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NOTHING BORING ABOUT GOOD FRIDAY IN FREO!

 

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Good Fridays are no longer boring! The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival already starts today in the far west of Freo, so come enjoy the fun and sunshine.

It is all happening around the Esplanade and Fishing Boat Harbour today so there won’t be any shows in the CBD. They will be added on Saturday, Sunday and Monday..

The shows today run from 12 noon till 5pm, with another evening show at 7pm at the new Seraphim Buskers Bar of Little Creatures. See detail above.

Also on of course is the Woylie Aboriginal Australian Kids Story Festival at the Moores Building in Henry Street.

Roel Loopers

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EXTRA PARKING FOR STREET ARTS FESTIVAL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, festivals, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2018

 

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Ahead of schedule the new Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site will open tomorrow afternoon, just in time for the long Easter weekend and the very popular Fremantle International Street Arts Festival.

It will add another 155 car bays to the inner city. Fremantle already has approximately 5000 parking bays available in the city centre, including over a thousand on-street bays and more than 2300 bays in the 28 off-street carparks managed by the City.

It promises to be a brilliant weekend with warm and fine weather forecast.

There will be pop-up bars along the Cappuccino Strip, the Kelp Bar on Bathers Beach will be open, the West End Weekender along High Street will be fun and there is also a market in the Fremantle Malls between the Cappuccino Strip and Kings Square.

I am very much looking forward to my favourite Freo festival and all the related events, including the WOYLIE Aboriginal children’s festival in the Moores building!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FESTIVAL TO BECOME WINTER EVENT

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, festivals, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

The annual Fremantle Festival, one of the longest running festivals in Australia, is proposed for a major change from a summer festival to a winter festival.

Officers recommend to Fremantle Council to only have a three-day festival in October this year and then change the date of the festival in 2019 to the month of July.

In the agenda item that will go to Ordinary Council this coming Wednesday officers say there is too much competition during the summer months. A winter festival would revitalise a dormant Fremantle and pull residents out of their hibernation and support traders who are struggling during the quiet winter months.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL SPECTACLE

 

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In two weeks the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival will be held during the long Easter weekend and also on Good Friday.

It is my favourite Freo festival and it will the the 20th anniversary of the all free delightful creative and fun street spectacle, so make sure to let friends know and make it very relaxing days out.

I love the buzz on the streets, the smiles and excitement and the family friendly ambience and there is always so much to see all over the inner city.

This year there will even be evening events AFTER DARK on Saturday and Sunday till 8pm and the fully licensed Seraphim pop-up bar pitch at Little Creatures.

The program is full of international and national acts and includes the energy laden WAHONK Fest street bands spectacle and the West End Weekender stalls along High Street.

There are printed programs out available at the City of Fremantle library and Visitor Centre and you can also get them at the Roundhouse, and of course there is a Facebook page with all the info .

I am really looking forward to this Fremantle weekend of fun where the streets will be packed full with people!

Roel Loopers

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TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO HIGH STREET ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, festivals, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

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The Felice Varini art installation along Fremantle’s historic High Street has attracted thousands of people, and hundreds of thousands of photos have been taken of it since it was installed in October for the High Tide biennale as part of the Fremantle Festival.

But now it is time to start taking the foil down from the buildings as it is starting to look messy in some places.

The only criticism I have of the stunning art work is that there were no signs placed along High Street to let people know that the vantage point to see the entire work from was the steps to the Roundhouse, as many visitors questioned why these yellow bits were stuck on beautiful heritage buildings.

Roel Loopers

SMOKING HOT FREO WEEKEND

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, festivals, food, Uncategorized by freoview on February 9, 2018

 

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I love summers in Fremantle because there is always so much on. This weekend we have the Laneway Festival at one end of town on the Esplanade and the Smoking in the Port BBQ event in Princess May Park at the other end of the city.

There are food, chilli and BBQ stalls, competitions, music, pork ribs, brisket, chicken, lamb, seafood and more. Entry is free and Clancy’s will be serving drinks.

Roel Loopers

 

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FANTASTIC FREO FOLK FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, festivals, music, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2017

 

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Who says nothing is happening in Fremantle, a local resident said to me this morning, while we were watching the installation of the Felice Varini artwork all along High Street from the  far west end to the Townhall.

A book shop owner also told me how much she liked this kind of public art.

We are fast approaching the best Freo season with the start of festivals and events and this Saturday the big FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL by Clancy’s at Princess May Park is a great sign of good things to come.

The festival is a family-friendly event with lots of things to do for children. It starts at 11 am and finishes just before midnight.

Have a dance! Have fun and embrace the Freo lifestyle!

 

Roel Loopers

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NO COMMUNITY PARADE AT FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, community, festivals, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

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There will be no Festival Parade at this year’s Fremantle Festival, because of lack of public interest. Instead there will be a shopping kart race to support St Patrick’s at Kings Square on the last Sunday of the festival.

The Fremantle Festival appears to be moving away from the traditional community festival to a more sophisticated and classy, fully curated, festival, but the risk is that it will leave sections of the community behind.

More ticketed events mean that people on low incomes miss out, as is already the case with the Perth International Arts Festival, that has become unaffordable to many.

I am not at all certain that a small city like Fremantle should move away from a community festival and try to compete with the capital city of WA.

We should embrace the difference and Freo’s uniqueness, instead of wanting to do the same as other festival cities do.

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD~

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