Fremantle BID has released the footfall figures for the Easter long weekend Street Arts Festival, compiled for them by consultant A Beautiful City, and they are a down by around 13,000 people compared to last year and just 1,203 compared to 2014.
The overal visitors’ figure for the three days this year was 111,733, compared to 129,415 in 2015 and 112,936 in 2014.
While the constant rain on the Saturday attracted 6,000 fewer people, it is a surprise that on the brilliant Sunday the figures were also down by around 7,000.
It is even more of a surprise that the figures are down because the trains from Perth were actually running.
I love the SAF and believe it is the best Freo festival, so maybe marketing needs to be tweaked a little to get more visitors next year, because what is on offer is always excellent. For example there were no festival programs at the Roundhouse or any of the West End cafes, so that needs to be improved on.
The City of Fremantle is doing an on-line survey on the Street Arts Festival. I found it on Twitter but can’t find it on the City website or SAF Facebook page.
Two questions that are not asked, but in my opinion would have provided some important information are were you on your own, with friends, family with children, and also how many days did you come to the SAF?
But there is a strangely worded question, which gender do you consider yourself? I did not think I have an option as my birth certificate and my pass state that I am male, even if I consider myself an exceptional and unique species with a brilliant mind and better than perfect. ; >)
Anyway, if you manage to find the survey do participate and more importantly find a way of sharing it with people who are not from Fremantle.
I spent another five hours today at the Fremantle Street Arts Festival and thoroughly enjoyed the family and community atmosphere, although I am not a big fan of large crowds.
It was fun, relaxing, brilliant sunlight, fantastic acts and pretty much a perfect day.
The food trucks are still at Kings Square till about 8.30 and the Flaque performance is on at 8pm inside the Townhall.
Here a few more impressions of the Fremantle Street Arts Festival, which continues all day today from 12 noon and finishes with the great FLAQUE show in the Townhall at 8 pm, so don’t miss that last show as festival director Alex Marshall told me yesterday it is the outstanding show of the festival.
There are shows at Little Creatures, Bathers Beach, Fremantle Prison and along the Cappuccino Strip and there are plenty of outlets to buy food and drinks.
The weather is going to be perfect and sunny and not too hot, so no excuses not to enjoy the Freo fun!
Yesterday’s rainy day was a bit of a bummer for the Fremantle STREET ARTS FESTIVAL, but today and tomorrow are going to be perfect, so come along!
The shows start from 1 o’clock and go all afternoon, while there will be food trucks at Kings Square from 5 t0 9 pm.
There are performances all along the closed off Cappuccino strip, where outdoor pop-up bars have also been set up, and there are shows on the Esplanade and at the Bathers Beach boardwalk.
In beautiful High Street is the West End Weekender with stalls and entertainment.
For those from outside Fremantle there is parking at Queensgate, Collie and Point street multi storey carparks and plenty of on street parking at Little High Street, Victoria Quay, Beach Street, or park further out and hop on one of the free CAT busses. It’s well worth it for a full day of free entertainment!
It was pretty wet at times, but surprisingly invigorating, on the first day of the three-day Fremantle STREET ARTS FESTIVAL.
It was a lot of fun, although poor old me and my good Nikon got drenched, but it was worth it and I’ll be back for more ‘punishment’ tomorrow. Come on, get out there. It’s great!
We in Freo are not some whimpy soft sooks but real (wo)men and we know whatever happens that THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
So great news to hear the STREET ARTS FESTIVAL will be happening today, tomorrow and on Monday in between rain breaks.
Please go and support it as a lot of effort has gone into organising the event and artists from all over the world have flown in to perform for us. Just bring a brollie, and there are plenty of cafes where one can shelter and have a warm drink and meal.
This is the best Fremantle festival, so be part of it, tell your friends and tourists, because this is the Freo life!!
The yearly Fremantle STREET ART FESTIVAL is on again on the long Easter weekend, March 24 to 28, so don’t leave town! If you are not from Fremantle you need to visit for at least one day of the weekend and country people should stay all weekend in one of our many B&Bs, hotels or backpackers. It will be well worth it!
From France come FLAQUE, the cutting-edge juggling rubber men, and the English WHEEL HOUSE brings us poetry in motion on the road to nowhere. From Niger, Kabylia and France come EZZA with their sound of Tuareg music that is a blend of modern rock and African pulse.
Dutch ‘Barbie’ LISA LOTHE has awesome flexibility and does incredible things with hula hoops and from the UK come LEAP, emancipation at its best, a very strong lady and graceful man.
USA’s POGO FRED holds many Guinness Book of Records for his gravity-defying pogo stick stunts, while THE BED from Spain is all about looking for a place to sleep.
Quite clearly THE ENGLISH GENTS from Australia are not republicans, but their acrobatics are world class.
Italian HANGER shows pantomime with a coat hanger and combines that with physical theatre and juggling, and from Argentina come KINEMATOS who will be suspended six metres in the air to share their sweet naughtiness and humour.
LORDS OF STRUT are Ireland’s most loveable idiots. Their show is Bonkers!
One never has to stay hungry long in Fremantle, but DINO”S RESTAURANT from Italy serves up a different kind of buffet with breathtaking balancing acts, dance and acrobatics.
And there are many more performers and also the STREET ARTS FOOD VILLAGE at Kings Square where food trucks offer yummy treats every day of the long weekend from 11am to 9pm.
Down in High Street the WEST END WEEKENDER will be on again with stalls, live music, fashion, art and craft activities.
I adore the Street Arts Festival. It is my very favourite Festival in festival city and I highly recommend to do nothing else over Easter but come to Freo for three days of pure fun, and it is FREE!!!
The success of the Fremantle STREET ARTS FESTIVAL can not only be measured through the feedback of the community and business groups but also with clear tangible footfall evidence provided by the pedestrian counters installed by Fremantle-based ABEAUTIFULCITY.
According to Nicholas Takacs of abeautifulcity there was a 164% increase in foot traffic in the west end of High Street, where the West End Weekender event was held, during the Easter weekend compared to the long-term weekend average for that area. That is pretty significant.
Thanks Nicholas for supplying Freo’s View with these important figures!
The Fremantle STREET ARTS FESTIVAL starts today and what a feast of comedy it will be . Festival coordinator Alex Marshall and his small team always manage to get very good international performers to Freo for the festival and this year promises to be exciting again. It’s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from about midday at many pitches around the city so make sure to pick up a program.
PASAJE from Cuba will tell that nations culture and history in music, dance and story telling, SIVOUSPLAIT from Japan act out what happens when two mimes fall in love, FAUSTO BARILE from Italy invites us to look inside our belly, giant rats will roam the streets of Fremantle THE RATS from Spain perform.
From our neighbours New Zealand comes LURK and his quirky mime who will follow you like a shadow. Forget the Giant Puppets, THE GIANT SEAGULLS flew over all the way from the United Kingdom to put their beaks where they should not be, and the uniquely awesome YUKINKO AKIRA from Japan will mesmerise us all.
FLOWER POWER from France, MADAM BONBON from the UK, CIRCUS WA, FUNNY BONES (Japan and UK), WINTERBOURNE from Australia, PERKY&FIDDLE from the Netherlands, MR SPIN from Australia,, OLE from Spain, ZAP CIRCUS (Australia), FUTURE FREO, THE BROOKLYN HEALER(UK) ELOISE GREEN THE HULA QUEENS (Australia), SENMARU (Japan), KIKI&PASCAL (UK).
There is something for everyone and finally a new pitch in the West End of town at the Orient Hotel.
There is also the WEST END WEEKENDER food, art, music market in High Street all long weekend. It should be a long weekend of fun so put your walking shoes on come to Freo!