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FUN FREMANTLE LONG WEEKEND AHEAD

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, culture, festival, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on March 31, 2018

 

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If the rest of the long weekend continues like yesterday Fremantle will be in for a treat. I have never seen so many people in town on a Good Friday as yesterday. The city was buzzing, alfresco cafes full, big crowds at the few Fremantle International Street Arts Festival pitches, and a queue at Cicerello’s that was stretched to the outside pavement to order fish&chips. Great!

Due to fighting fever, the flu and hay fever all at once I could not stay out long yesterday so I only took some photos of the magnificent birdmen on the Esplanade.

The street art performances start from noon today. There is also the Western Weekender fun along historic High Street in the West End and the Fremantle Malls Market Day between the Cappuccino Strip and Kings Square.

Have fun everyone!

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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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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FINAL STREET ARTS FESTIVAL DAY

Posted in fremantle, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

 

 

It’s the last day of the 2017 Fremantle International Street Arts Festival and it’s going till mid evening. It’s overcast and not too hot so get out there and enjoy all the international, national and local performers!

Roel Loopers

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QUIET STREET ARTS SUNDAY

Posted in culture, fremantle, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

 

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.

Roel Loopers

FREO STREET ART SUNDAY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2017

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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)

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PACKED FULL FREO FRIDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2017

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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

Roel Loopers

SUPER FREO STREET ART

Posted in art, festival, fremantle, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2017

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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

Roel Loopers

 

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GREAT FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festival, street arts festival by freoview on March 16, 2017

 

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!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL FIGURES DOWN

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, street arts festival by freoview on April 8, 2016

 

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.

Roel Loopers

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