It was unusually quiet on Sunday afternoon for the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival but traders told me it had been busy during lunchtime.
There were only a handful of people in High Street between 2-4 pm when I walked around to take some snaps and even the Cappuccino Strip was not packed full.
It is likely some people came into Freo for the evening performances, but compared to very busy Friday and Saturday it was relatively quiet on Sunday, so now hoping that the masses will come today for the last day of the free festival.
I must admit the festival has not excited me as much this year as previous years, so I hope other people will have found more fun in the acts.
I love Fremantle sooo much! What a stunning weekend again in our little historic city and how nice to see that so many people appreciate it much better than some of the nay-saying negative locals.
Living here is like being permanently on holiday when I walk around town and the atmosphere on Sunday at the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival was just perfect.
Music stages at some of the hotels that came out onto the streets, as did the retailers to show their wares.
An easter market in High Street, a children’s play and relaxation area and at the bar Benny’s they even had solar benches to sit on where one could just put one’s mobile phone down on so it got charged.
There are really great vibes in inner city Freo so don’t miss it! It’s in my opinion the best event and festival around and it goes into the evenings and is on all Sunday and Monday from midday!
I was very time-challenged today looking after a little dog and my own dodgy health, hence not a very comprehensive photo report, but I’ll do better the next two days. I promise.
Roel Loopers (Apologist for having Freo fun)
It is packed full in Fremantle on Good Friday with standing traffic in the West End of town, the Street Arts Festival on at the Esplanade and the WAHONK band practising inside the Roundhouse. Hard to keep the tourists ou with so much invigorating loud music and colourful costumes.
Two drum bands and a brass section, the Wasamba and Jukadelics waking up this gorgeous sleepy town.
Today at 5 pm they will be outside Cicerello’s on Saturday at the Walyalup Pitch at noon and 6 pm, Sunday on South Terrace at noon and 6 pm and Monday at noon at the National Hotel Pitch.
Check out the full program on line at http://www.streetartsfestival.com.au
Australia’s biggest street art festival is starting this Thursday! The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival will run from Thursday to Monday all long Easter weekend, and for the first time also on Good Friday.
Thirty-four performers from 11 countries will show their comedy, juggling, balancing and street theatre acts all over the CBD from midday each day.
On Thursday is the big opening at 6.30 at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
High Street in the West End will be closed for the Westender and there will be live music stages and an Easter market.
For more info go to: http://www.streetartsfestival.com.au
My personal favourite Fremantle festival the STREET ARTS FESTIVAL is on again over the Easter long weekend from April 13-17 all over the inner city.
It is a very international festival with artists from Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Sweden, New Zealand, and Japan.
The printed programs are available now from the Fremantle Library and also at the Roundhouse and you can check it out on the City of Fremantle website and festival Facebook page.
It’s all free and great family entertainment.
Let the fun begin!
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!