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FREO’S WEST END WHITE HOUSE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2019

 

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A white coat of paint makes the High Street building of Fremantle architect Shane Braddock look so much better.

The bits of yellow art foil were finally removed and the entire facade painted white which is much better than the creamy colour it was. Great outcome!

Roel Loopers

 

GOOD FACELIFT FOR FREO’S HIGH STREET

 

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Fremantle High Street is looking a lot better now that all the yellow artwork foil has been removed and many of the facades repainted. There is only one building left with some yellow on it at No 10 and that belongs to renowned architect Michael Patroni who wants to remove all the paint I have been told and return the historic building to its former glory of tuck pointed brick.

I hear that several owners have started to ask for quotes to also get their buildings along High Street painted, so that is a pretty good outcome of what was an expensive debacle after the removal of the stunning Felice Varini artwork proved to be far more complicated than anticipated.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE WINTERWORLD FUN STARTS SATURDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, skating, Uncategorized, winter, winter festival by freoview on June 25, 2019

 

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Work is under way to create the 2019 Fremantle WINTERWORLD skating festival at the Esplanade.

The event is on from this Saturday June 29 until July 21 and is open every day from 10am onward till mid evening.

It is always a fun spectacle to watch with little kids hanging on a parent’s leg or a penguin for their dear life, or seeing grownups hitting the ice with a bang.

And a friendly reminder to the boys and girls in blue that not every old man with a camera is a paedophile. Last year I was stopped by two Fremantle Police officers who wanted to know why I took photos of people skating. Because I wanted to, and under Australian law I am allowed to photograph anything and anyone in a public open space.

At the first WINTERWORLD a security guard told me I could not take photos unless I had family members on the ice rink. Bulldust!

It is insulting to regularly being confronted when next to me dozens of people take photos with mobile phones, but I stick out because I use a real camera.

I promote as many Fremantle events, festivals and businesses on this blog as I can and don’t want to be intimidated by police or security when I do absolutely nothing wrong!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, community, festival, fishing boat harbour, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2019

 

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The inaugural Fremantle Dragon Boat Festival will be held this coming Sunday May 5 in the Fishing Boat Harbour.  The free event will be on from 10am to 3pm.

The exciting racing will be presented in an atmosphere of pageantry and colour, music and Chinese culture.

Spectacle Dragon boat festivals are loud, colorful, and rich in tradition. The awakening of the dragon ceremony is over 2000 years old and gives the festival participant a snapshot of another culture. The beating of the boat drums, the clash of gongs, and the cheers of the spectators will provide a high octane energy throughout the festival venue!

The dragon boat has been a significant part of Chinese culture and today there are more than 50 million paddlers in China, and has become an international sporting attraction.

Taoist monks will perform the blessing of the waters and a unique eye dotting ceremony – dabbing red paint onto the eyes of each boat’s figurehead, which is said to awaken the dragons.

Come and revel in the festivities which will commence at 10am with a dragon boat regatta, onto sprint racing and the crowning of the winning team!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO STREET ARTS FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS

 

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I just could not get in the groove this year, so my apologies for the inadequate photos of the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, which really do not show the excellence of the traditional Easter long weekend event.

The City was packed with visitors from all over Perth, WA, Australia and from overseas, so I hope that many traders did get a benefit from it!

Roel Loopers

 

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COSMIC COLLISION AT FREMANTLE CIRCUS

 

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It is promoted as a cosmic collision between circus and science, so CRITICAL at Fremantle’s Big Top in Princess May Park might well be a fascinating experience.

It is all part of this year’s FRINGE WORLD so check out http://www.fringeworld.com.au for more information.

It is on at Circus WA from January 31 to February 3 and standard tickets are just $ 25.

Roel Loopers

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HIGH STREET WILL BE EVEN MORE STUNNING

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 25, 2019

 

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I bumped into the owner of one of the apartments at 2 High Street and had a chat with him about the removal of the yellow foil of the Felice Varini Arcs D’Ellipse artwork. He said the owners of the building are very happy with the way the work has been done professionally by the BUDO group and are delighted about the result.

The owner, a former president of FICRA, also said that we should not forget that once affected buildings along historic High Street have been repainted the street will look better than ever before, and I believe he is absolutely right.

We can forever whinge that this should not have happened, but all the negativity will make no difference at all. Solutions have been found to deal with the problems, the Heritage Council is keeping an eye on the repairs, as are the City of Fremantle heritage experts, so by the time April arrives and the work has been done Freo’s most beautiful street will look even more stunning. I reckon that’s a win and good for tourism.

Roel Loopers

NOTHING NEW ABOUT FREO’S YELLOW ART IS NOT EXCLUSIVE!

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 22, 2019

 

 

The integrity of the West Australian newspaper is on the line with yet again another claim of exclusivity when in fact the article reports absolutely nothing new.

It has been well known in Fremantle for months that former Mayor Peter Tagliaferri has taken a writ out against the City of Fremantle and wants $ 50,000 to repair and repaint the facade of his building on the corner of High and Cliff streets for the removal of the yellow foil of the Felice Varini artwork.

But that has not stopped the only daily newspaper in Perth from claiming today that the article is exclusive. Bull….!

In the meantime painters are working hard to remedy the damage and the first three buildings they have almost done look pretty good to a layman like me.

Roel Loopers

 

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IT IS NOT ALL PAIN OF THE YELLOW ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2019

 

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The removal of the yellow foil and repainting of 2 High Street has been going very well by the look of it, so it is not all black and bleak reporting about the deconstruction of the Felice Varini artwork in Fremantle.

This is what it looked like around 4pm today.

Roel Loopers

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GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL VERY POPULAR

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 25, 2018

 

 

The East Fremantle GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL is as popular as ever, as one could witness this afternoon. A huge number of people turned up for the annual festival in the lovely street.

There were lots of dogs and kids, plenty of food stalls, art&craft, stuff, bars, live music and entertainment, and parking in the precinct was at a premium.

Roel Loopers

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