Fremantle’s West End was well alive last evening with the grand final of the HIDDEN TREASURES winter music festival, with concerts at the Buffalo and Navy clubs, Merenda art gallery, and the Kucha Pecha slide show event at the Moores building. Yummy curries were on the menu at the Moore&Moore cafe.
Out on High Street here was a trio playing in the back of a van, while the retailers kept their doors open despite the inclement weather.
Kill Devil Hills‘ concert at Merenda was a total sell out and the Low Key Musicians Club at the Navy Club was packed full as well. No wonder with well known Freo musos Lucky Oceans, Bill Rogers, Jim and Tom Fisher, David Hyam and Dom Mariana, supporting young acts like Billie Rogers, Blue Lucy, Rachel and Heather Climb a Hill, and One Thousand Years.
In the crowd I noticed Mayor Brad Pettitt and councilor Andrew Sullivan and many other familiar Freo faces.
For me Hidden Treasures rates on the same level as the Cappuccino Strip Street Club and should become a regular event in Fremantle. It must be a great financial boost for the clubs to have so many visitors and it does the struggling West End a world of good to have something so vibrant and positive happening.
Well done to all those at the City of Fremantle who organised and supported this! Fremantle is not at all on its last legs, as some around town claim. Bring on more!!
Photos copyright Roel Loopers
Only one more sleep till the start of the 2011 FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL and it looks like it is going to be a very good one this year.
My mob, the Fremantle Society, kicks off with a concert at the Town Hall on Friday from 7.30. WAMI Award nominee David Hyam joins Bernard Carney for an evening of songs and stories. The bar will be run by Society president Jon Strachan, so let him work hard! BYO food.
My three personal favourites of this year’s festival are the Q&A, the Freo Clubs Crawl and Don’s Tram Tours.
Q&A will be on Tuesday, May 31 from 7.30 at Victoria Hall; Presenter will be gorgeous ABC personality Robyn Johnston, while the panel will be Chair of the Heritage Council and former Premier Carmen Lawrence, Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt, Heritage spokes person for the Greens Lynn MacLaren, and Planner Architect Linley Lutton. Theme of the evening: All Things Heritage. Come along and ask questions, such as; # is heritage a hindrance to modern development. # is heritage, like classical music, for old people only. # should new development have priority over heritage considerations. etc.etc. Make it a lively debate by asking provocative questions!
Freo Clubs Crawl starts at the Wyola Club in High Street in the West End of town at 3.30 pm on Friday June 3. From there follow Don to three more clubs for a pint, a bit of history and gossip. This should be a very good afternoon!
Last year Don’s Tram Tours were very popular, so don’t miss out and listen to this likable raconteur when he talks about Fremantle’s heritage while you travel on the tram.
Saturday June 4- 2pm and 3pm -Fremantle Art Centre start