Last week I complained about event organisers and traffic management companies leaving signs behind, but the City of Fremantle is not any better.
The Fremantle Festival Parade was on Sunday November 6 but six weeks later on December 19 this sign is still stuck to the parking sign in the Henderson Street mall. During that time parking and community safety officers would have walked past there many times a day, so why did no one notice it?
Around 350 people ignored a cold and windy spring night and came to the Fremantle Arts Centre on Thursday to listen to the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra and Argentinian violinist Alexandre da Costa.
They played music by a variety of composers including a West Australian one and kept the audience warm.
The Fremantle Festival continues with the FREO TRUCK EATS at Kings Square on Saturday from noon till late and the CHILDREN’S FIESTA in Sir Frederick Samson Park from 10am to 2pm.
On Sunday is the big FESTIVAL PARADE that starts at 4 pm from the Roundhouse and the festival finishes with the NO ZU Closing Party at Kings Square from 6pm.
Come TANGO this Thursday evening, November 3 at the free Fremantle Chamber Orchestra concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre!
Renowned violinist Alexandre Da Costa will have come from Argentina via Austria to Australia to perform with the FCO as part of the Fremantle Festival.
The concert starts at 7 pm and the weather forecast is superb so come along for a stunning night of invigorating music.
The Fremantle Festival started on Friday night with the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre for an evening of indigenous dance and music, and there was yummy bush tucker as well.
The festival continues today with the Little Italy by the sea at Bathers Beach from 12 noon till 10 am and tomorrow with more Italian culture at the beach and the Blessing of the Fleet.
It’s all happening at Kings Square for the Fremantle Festival today with people installing artworks and an alfresco entertainment area.
There is a very nice minimalist artwork on the eastern side of the St John’s church that will light up at night, so go and have a look.
Aspire by Blazing Swan is a huge pinewood structure with a pirate flag flying above it and I assume one needs to walk up and down it for a new view of Kings Square and the High Street mall.
The Fremantle Festival is for all of us so make sure to take part and enjoy it!
The 2016 FREMANTLE FESTIVAL, the oldest festival in Australia, will have a new look and concept, according to the City of Fremantle. I post the media release in full below:
Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning, The Drones and the charismatic Dan Sultan lead the charge as a dynamic collection of Australia’s top musical talent come together for this year’s pocket rocket Fremantle Festival from Friday 28 October 2016.
Waleed Aly, Stan Grant and Clementine Ford provide the brain candy in the ten day program, which is packed with visual art, music and theatre.
With its own pop-up artisan-built bar-cum-festival-hub PegLeg2 and the activation of stunning venues like the Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle Arts Centre and St John’s Anglican Church, the revamped Fremantle Festival program is set to firmly stake its place in Perth’s festival calendar.
City of Fremantle Arts and Culture Manager Pete Stone said the new-look event is designed to provide a fascinating, high-quality program of 40+ events and experiences in ten days.
“We are so excited about the evolution of this festival which is full of quality events and brand new concepts such as The State Collection which unites art and community in a truly exceptional exhibition – art of the people, by the people, for the people,” he said.
Wardarnji Aboriginal cultural celebration, the Children’s Fiesta and Freo’s famous Street Parade will draw the crowds alongside musical highlights Timothy Nelson, Clare Bowditch, Tijuana Cartel, The Stems, Tonight Live! – a celebration hosted by pop siren Abbe May and contemporary classical performances from ARIA winning pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, soprano Louise Page and virtuoso violinist Alexandre da Costa.
Tickets for are now available and the hard copy program will launch in September.
View the events program on Fremantle story. http://www.fremantlestory.com.au/your-story/event-festivals/festivals/fremantle-festival-2016/fremantle-festival-2016.html
The Fremantle Festival will reposition itself and move to become a “fully curated” festival this year, the City of Fremantle announced. It basically means that events organised by community groups and individuals will no longer be automatically included in the festival program.
This year’s festival from October 28 till November 6 will see a Festival Hub at the Townhall with ten nights of quality entertainment, a pop-up bar and art installations at Kings Square, and the Fremantle Arts Centre will be included for the entire festival and not just the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival.
I welcome the idea of the Fremantle Festival becoming a better and more modern cultural festival, but I question if that can be achieved when the same people who have been doing it for ten years are curating it. I believe Fremantle, like other cities, should have a specific director for the Fremantle Festival and someone who is only contracted to do two or three festivals, to then be replaced by a new director with new ideas, as Australia’s longest running festival has become a bit stale and predictable in my humble opinion.
To make it very clear, I am not calling for the replacement of Alex Marshall who is doing an outstanding job with the Street Arts Festival, but as with the Heritage Festival where and outside consultant is employed, Fremantle City should look into contracting a specific Fremantle Festival director and leave the other festivals to the very capable Alex Marshall and his team.