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GOOD PEOPLE TOGETHER CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, culture, people, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2019

 

Now that the year is coming to an end I want to reflect a little bit about life in general, and I want to make the statement that I love almost everything about life.

I love nature, music, theatre, culture, history, art, books, good food and cooking, wine, animals, coffee and cafes, etc. and I am totally in love with Fremantle, but what I love about life most is people.

While none of us is perfect, people make the planet the very special place it is, with all our opinionated righteousness, with our willingness to care and share, and with our efforts to make the world a better place for future generations, and yes, we fail at that quite often.

We love, disappoint and are disappointed, we fail and succeed, and hopefully we succeed more often than we fail. Not trying to make a positive difference is not an option, even when one’s opinion is often criticised aggressively on social media.

We are all different, and we all have different tastes, solutions and opinions, but no one has all the answers and solutions, so we need to learn to respectfully disagree, instead of defamation, insults and name-calling.

Our cynicism about politicians is often warranted, because politics appear to be mainly about power, rather than about good governance. Only this morning on Twitter I got so frustrated about politicians from all parties engaging in silly point-scoring and blaming others, instead of engaging in positive dialogue and collaboration in the best interest of Australia.

I adore people, although I have been deeply hurt a few times, and I have no doubt I have also hurt people, but I am absolutely convinced that most people around the world, no matter what their culture or religion is, are good people, and good people together can make planet Earth and even more brilliant place to live on!

Smile at strangers, hug the ones you know and tell them they are special, keep an open mind about everything, accept change, and don’t fear those who are different.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2020. It is going to be a very big year of change for Freo.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE DRIVERS SEEING RED

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, festivals, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2019

 

 

One of the final events of the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale 2019 was a tour of red-coloured cars through the streets of Fremantle on Saturday at lunch time.

They gathered at the Beach Street carpark where I took these photos.

The Biennale ends with a party on the deck of the Maritime Museum this Sunday from 5pm. See you there!

Roel Loopers

IS ARTSOURCE LEAVING FREMANTLE?

Posted in art, artists, artsource, city of fremantle, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2019

 

Worrying signs for the art and artists in Fremantle with the ARTSOURCE newsletter indicating that the WA state government will have the old Customs House building open for expressions of interest next year.

If this means that Artsource will be leaving from there it will mean the loss of thirty artist’s studios in Fremantle and that is significant.

Artsource has been fantastic in Fremantle and today-Saturday will have an Open House where we can visit the artists’ studios, so make sure to go and show your support, and also contact the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk and the Department for the Arts and let them know we want Artsource to stay in the Old Customs House right here in Freo!

Roel Loopers

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BIG CROWD ENJOYS FREO’S ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, festival, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2019

 

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It was packed full at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday evening for the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival. It was pretty moorditj-deadly, as our Noongar friends say.

There were a lot of great young, and a bit older, dancers, good music, and a nice relaxed ambience where our indigenous culture and Australia’s multiculturalism was showcased at its best.

This old fella  had a big day on our hottest November day on record, and I was too tired to stay on all evening, so here just a few impressions of the first hour of the great event.

Roel Loopers

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WARDARNJI ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL TONIGHT

 

The annual WARDARNJI Aboriginal Festival is on at the Fremantle Arts Centre this evening from 6.30pm. Gates open at 5.30pm.

Aboriginal dance, music, food, is perfect for this warm Saturday evening, so don’t miss it!

Over 100 dancers will perform traditional Noongar dances as well as original, contemporary pieces which take you to the heart of our rich cultural history. Dance groups involved include Middar, Wadumbah, Kwarbah Djookian, Kwobidak Yok Kenning, Mungart Yongah, Koolangkas Kreate, Djiripin Djindas and Bigirrda Dancers.

A highlight of this year’s Wardarnji will be the Story of the Wargyl who weaved through the land in the Dreamtime and created our waterways in Noongar country. The story will be narrated and performed by a giant Wargyl puppet.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BIENNALE PAINTING THE TOWN RED

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Fremantle Biennale, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2019

 

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Artists from the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale have been painting the town red, all the way from South Beach to Fremantle Port.

CY O’Connor is seeing red on Victoria Quay with the lawn below his statue all red and even a red pool ball put on his shoulder.

Roel Loopers

PORT BIENNALE SIGNS OF OUR TIME

Posted in art, Fremantle Biennale, fremantle ports, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2019

 

 

I had a walk around Victoria Quay this morning to look at more of the Sam Bloor Billboard Project for the Fremantle Biennale 2019.

While there I bumped into my old mate John Malaga, the project supervisor of Fremantle Ports, who was watering the palm tree that is also part of the Biennale.

The container show is also on Victoria Quay and shows how much the containerisation of the ports changed the way we handle freight.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE BIENNALE ART ON SHOW

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, exhibition, Fremantle Biennale, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2019

 

 

I had a look at a few of the Fremantle Biennale art shows around town on Sunday, so here some impressions of it.

Tom Blake is in the cellar of the Kakulas Sister building and using the ground water level to create reflections of it in a mirror.

Sleeping with the Sun is a very large ‘box’ with a lot of tiny lights by Kayako Nakashima in the wonderful space at Artsource in the former Customs House.

Roel Loopers

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE MAGIC WATER LICHT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festivals, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2019

 

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This evening from 7.30pm onward is your last chance to see the magic light and smoke Water Licht show by Daan Roosegaarde, which is part of the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale at the Esplanade.

There were thousands of people watching it on Saturday mesmerised by the serene beauty of it, so don’t miss it!

Roel Loopers

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ENJOY CREATIVE FREMANTLE!

 

 

Things are happening in good old Freo with new things being built and all kind of quirky and creative structures popping up for the Fremantle Biennale 2019.

Go for a wander around town and check out all creativity.

Roel Loopers

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