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GO FOR A FREO ARTWALK!

Posted in art, community, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2017

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Fremantle ARTWALK is such a great idea and has been well supported by the community in the past, so get your walking shoes on, or ride your (cargo)bike to the Blinco Street area this weekend.

Some of our outstanding local artists are opening their studios and homes for the public so you can meet them and have a chat, and no one will deter you from buying a work of art, so support them!

Michael Knight, Trevor Richards, Penny Bovell, Ian de Souza, Annette Seeman, John Teschendorff, Jo Darbyshire, and Eveline Kotai will all open their doors to the public between 10am and 4 pm on Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28.

The Artwalk is about 4 km long, so very easy to do for young and old. Should you feel the need to drive your car please be considerate of the neighbours and don’t block driveways.

Roel Loopers

BATHERS BEACH ART BONANZA AT J SHED

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on May 10, 2017

My friends at the Fremantle J SHED art studios on Bathers Beach are having an open studios day this Friday May 12 from 6 pm.

There will be eclectic shows in the four studios, from ceramics, to sculptures, paintings and photography and there is even a stunning camper van work in progress at the number 1 studio.

Photographer Peter Zuvela has used interesting Photoshop techniques for his old crane port photos, while next door Axel Kayser has done some stunning wildflower photos and also fascinating aerial photos of very creative crop creations.

Ross Potter will show his integrate pencil drawings, Brett Todman paintings and sculpture and Jenny Dawson ceramics.

The A Class reserve has been transformed into a sculpture park, so come a bit early to watch the sun set!

The artists received a phone call from a City bureaucrat to tell them they do not have a license to play live music at the opening and that is just plain bloody stupid!

Many art exhibition openings have live music and Fremantle Council has been keen to activate the Bathers Beach Art Precinct for many years, but when the artists collaborate and initiate new ideas, some red tape addict wants to stop them from attracting the community to the event by banning live music by local musos who donate their time and talent.

Just get a life City of Fremantle. Your management of the Arthur’s Head arts precinct is less than satisfactory!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the delightful Janet Nixon! Enjoy the bubblies Greg James just brought in. ; >)

Roel Loopers

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THE ART OF FEELING

Posted in art, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 2, 2017

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HOLD MY HAND | FOR THE LONELY PREVIEW PERFORMANCE at Fremantle’s PS Art Space in Pakenham Street.

Saturday 6 May, 4.30pm – 9.30pm
Sessions start every 30 minutes
Tickets from $21 | Get Tickets

Will you hold my hand? May I tuck you in?
May I leave you?
Enter an emotional emergency department,
When you are brave enough close your eyes.
Navigate isolation and closeness.
Walk slowly towards the feeling of loneliness.

HOLD MY HAND welcomes you to an immersive series of intimate encounters and sensory interaction. In a special preview to the exhibition FOR THE LONELY, these performances challenge a traditional exhibition format, inviting you to interact directly with the artists in an exclusive one night event. Step into a space where isolation and closeness is grappled with.

FOR THE LONELY challenges the reliance on traditional means of passive and visual-based engagement. In a ground breaking exhibition for Perth, accessibility is at the forefront of FOR THE LONELY. Artworks will be tactile, interactive and immersive. A night NOT to be missed! To purchase your tickets, please follow this link

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MOST IMMIGRANTS ARE GOOD

Posted in citizenship, fremantle, immigration, Uncategorized by freoview on April 21, 2017

If Australia, as the Prime Minister claims, is the most successful multicultural country on the planet then we need to embrace that multiculturalism when accepting new citizens.

Immigrants to Australia have made immense contributions to our country and many did so without ever being able to speak English to native standards. Look at the many very successful Chinese, Vietnamese, Italians and Croats. Go to Chinatown and experience that some of those who serve you in restaurants barely speak English, and there are quite a few old Italians walking around Freo who have lived here for sixty plus years whose English language skills would not be good enough to get Australian citizenship today.

Fact is that holding on to one’s language, culture, food, traditions and religion when one migrates gives a sense of belonging, safety and security in a foreign country, even more so for those who were forced to leave their countries.

But it does not matter because the actual integration starts with the children and grandchildren of the original immigrants, and see how they too are successful with many immigrant children being the top students at high schools and in universities, to the benefit of Australia because they will become our future leaders.

By introducing questions about domestic violence to obtain citizenship the government emphasises difference in culture when it should realise that people change when migrating and most of them will accept the rules and laws of their new country, because most have been brought up to be law-abiding people no matter where they live.

Christians don’t break the law and kill people because the Bible preaches and eye for an eye, so why would Muslim men break Australian laws and beat their wife because the Koran says they can?

Domestic violence is rampant in Australia where drunken men beat up their female partners. Muslims don’t drink alcohol so it is more likely that there is less domestic violence in their culture because of that.

We need to have a bit of a reality check in our country. Politicians always talk about values when often they set the standards very low themselves, and many Australians still believe the urban myth of fair go and that we are the best country in the world.

As someone who was born in the Netherlands, where I lived for 19 years, and who lived in Germany for 13 years, before migrating to Australia 35 years ago, I have often been staggered by the racism, ignorance and lack of tolerance of many Australians. There is no doubt in my mind that Australia is more racist than those two countries.

The difference between the countries is that many Australians only tolerate foreigners and different cultures while the two European countries I lived in actually accept and respect migrants for what they are. That is a big difference we in Australia still need to work on.

The cute thing about it all is that all these bogans who get drunk on Friday night and eat kebabs, curries and fish&chips don’t realise they are eating Hahal food often prepared by Muslims.

Migrants from all over the world generously contribute to Australia. They volunteer in community groups, schools, mosques, churches, sporting clubs, etc. and their respect for their new country and involvement with their community makes up for their lack of English language skills.

My own personal experience travelling the world has been that most people are good, caring, compassionate, hospitable and law-abiding, but that there are morons and criminals in every culture and religion.

Accepting and respecting difference should be one of Australia’s core values because it enriches all of us and we should welcome those who want to commit themselves to become new Australians.

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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HAPPY FREO EASTER ALL!

Posted in Easter, fremantle, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on April 16, 2017

 

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It’s Easter and the wattle is starting to blossom in Fremantle. It’s a brilliant morning that does not deserve or require negativity and it is a special and important day for Christians, so let us celebrate life instead of finding an excuse for attacking our Muslim brothers and sisters, as a columnist in the Sunday Times today does.

Religions are important and valuable for those who believe in their gods and who gain strength from it and it is not up to anyone to judge people because of their religion.

It is so irrelevant if some Muslim women don’t shake hands with men as culture, tradition and religions are all different. I have been to countries where I was told not to touch children on their head because of culture or religion. No big deal.

When I arrived in Australia 35 years ago it was the norm for men to shake hands with men but not with women. I never embraced that practice because I was brought up in the Dutch culture of shaking hands with men and women, but it never was a big deal, just different and for me slightly awkward to observe.

Many religious traditions have over hundreds of years become more cultural traditions with people often not knowing what it is we celebrate. How many of us will reflect today on the biblical Christian belief that Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ who was nailed to a cross? This is very meaningful to all Christians but pretty meaningless to other religions and non-believers. No big deal.

Easter eggs and Easter bunnies have probably very little to do with Jesus Christ, but that is not a big deal either, as long as we all try to live peacefully and with mutual respect for each other.

This weekend is perfect to celebrate our great Australian multiculturalism and the acceptance of all different religions, cultures and traditions. When you walk around the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival the next two days that is what you will be witnessing; people living together in near perfect harmony.

Have a great Easter!

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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HILTON WINTER FILM FESTIVAL

Posted in fremantle, hilton, movie by freoview on April 11, 2017

 The inaugural Hilton Winter Film Festival will be held from April 21 to May 12 and showcases award-winning international documentaries from around the world right in the heart of Fremantle’s ‘garden suburb’.

For four Fridays this winter, Hilton’s Progress Hall will screen films that will delight, inspire and provoke questions about life, and how we live on this planet.

Three of the screenings filmed in the most remote and beautiful locations will be West Australian premieres.

Book your free tickets now, click here!

Bar and cinema snacks available.

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COMMUNITY SPACE AT EAST STREET JETTY

Posted in city of fremantle, community by freoview on April 7, 2017

 

The City of Fremantle is seeking proposals from a diverse range of organisations or individuals for the lease of 21 Beach Street, Fremantle. The property is located at a beautiful spot on the river just outside the city centre and is available ‘as is’.

Strong consideration will be given to proposals that are both financially sound and show a focus on integrating with the greater community.

Property viewings will be arranged for applicants wishing to view the interior of the property. The first viewing will be at 3.00 pm on Wednesday 12 April. Additional viewings will be booked as required.

The property is available for community use only and the lease is expected to begin around July/August 2017. Proposals close Monday 15 May 2017. Visit http://bit.ly/2nIpnHd

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ABORIGINAL FLAG DISGRACE AT WALYALUP CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, local government, western australia by freoview on April 4, 2017

 

I was called an arsehole because I dared to criticise the underperforming Fremantle Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur Head.

But a picture tells a whole lot more than words. This is the ‘welcome to country’ visitors who walk past the now closed centre get, and I find that very embarrassing.

Come on City of Fremantle, surely this lack of care is not acceptable!

Roel Loopers

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