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THE FREO ART OF LIABILITY DENIAL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 18, 2017

 

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Fremantle architect Shane Braddock is not a happy man, and he has got every right to be annoyed.

Braddock generously permitted the installation of part of the Arcs D’Ellipses artwork to be attached to the building he owns at 35 High Street, but unfortunately a cherry picker smashed one of the glass panels of the awning.

The property owner puts a claim in with the insurers of the City of Fremantle, but they refuse to pay for the repairs because the damage was not done by a C0F employee. They recommended he puts the claim through his own insurance, but Braddock says the excess of his policy is approximately the same as the repair cost, so he would have to pay for it himself.

Permission to attach the artwork to the building was asked for by the CoF Events Coordinator and the High Tide Biennale was promoted as part of the Fremantle Festival, so why should a property owner pay for damage done by festival participants?

Market stall holders, public art artists, and events organisers, etc. are required to have  a public liability insurance, so surely High Tide should have one and should be liable to pay for the repair of the glass panel.

It is a shame that the outstanding artwork by Swiss artist Felice Varini and the fantastic High Tide now get negativity, that no doubt will result in property owners being reluctant to grant permission for future art installations on their buildings.

It’s simply not good enough!

Roel Loopers

 

HIGH TIDE A HIGH FOR FREMANTLE ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2017

 

High Tide

 

The festival season has started off with a bang in Fremantle, with the three-week HIGH TIDE Biennale, which finished yesterday, being a very inspiring and welcome addition to the Fremantle Festival.

High Tide gave Fremantle international flair and creativity that we do not often see in our port city.

The Arcs D”Ellipses artwork by Felice Varini in High Street was one of the most admired and photographed public artworks in Freo. I love it!

A big thank you to High Tide curator Tom Mueller of PS Art Space and all the staff, artists and volunteers who made it such a great community spectacle. More please!!

 

Roel Loopers

FESTIVAL FINALE SLIDE SHOW

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, fremantle festival by freoview on November 6, 2017

 

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MINI FREO FESTIVAL PARADE ON STEROIDS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2017

 

 

This year’s Fremantle Festival finale at Kings Square was delightfully controlled madness. It was loud, fun, fast, wet, mad and invigorating.

There was no festival parade but instead a kind of mini parade obstacle course around the Townhall, a bit like a parade on steroids. It was a blast!

Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge and City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn got dunked many times and were really good sports about it.

There was a shopping trolley race with all the food in them going to St Patricks, the schools and community groups were there, the Wasamba drummers made a racket, there was music, the bar was open and Eat No Evil was a very appropriate foodstall for the delightful Sunday afternoon of smiles and madness.

It was disappointing that there were not many spectators, but the lack of a proper festival brochure can be partly blamed for that, as many people have been asking the last two weeks where they could get one.

Roel Loopers

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SO LUCKY TO LIVE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on November 5, 2017

 

 

Walking around Arthur Head this morning I considered myself very lucky to live in such a beautiful place as Fremantle.

I started with my traditional morning Espresso at Chalkys cafe near the Roundhouse, walked up the steps to have a chat with Glen at the Glen Cowans Underwater Photography Gallery, and wandered down to Bathers Beach where the Indian Ocean water looked sublime and so refreshing, but I did not have my bathers with me.

Back to the High Tide hub next to the Roundhouse where I attended Ghost Ship to listen to Aboriginal history, and I will write a blog post about that in more detail tomorrow.

Ghost Ship is on again from 6-7 pm this evening with a light show. Listen to the story of Yagan, and how important Rottnest Island is to the Wadjuk people.

The Fremantle Festival ends today from 3.30 at Kings Square with the first shopping trolley race, live music and entertainment, so come along.

Before that from 2-4 pm there is free live music in the courtyard of the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The High Tide Biennale will continue for another week, so check out the program as there is some very good stuff in it.

Is it any wonder I love Freo so much?!

 

Roel Loopers

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FADED NEON SHOW IS ON RECORD

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2017

 

 

There is an interesting light exhibition upstairs at Mills Records at Fremantle’s Kings Square as part of the HIGH TIDE biennale for this year’s Fremantle Festival.

Zora Kreuzer and George Howlett have created the site-specific light installation Faded Neon.

The High Tide blurb reads as follows:

Working collaboratively with recycled music industry paraphernalia, the artists will ‘live’ in Mills Records. For 72 years this building has been a continuous and rich hub for music and culture in Fremantle.

Howlett and Kreuzer become the gatekeepers of the gallery and adjacent lane, while light and colour inform in the production and distribution of music. This is a dance between artists, light and the building in the iconic Mills Records.

Blank Space (Mills Records), 22 Adelaide St, Fremantle
Mon 30 Oct- Sun 12 Nov
10am – 5pm, Thur – Sun

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO HIGH TIDE FESTIVAL AT NIGHT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2017

 

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I went and had a look at the evening art of the High Tide biennale of the Fremantle Festival, although there was an ice-cold wind blowing last night.

The Ships in the Night projections by Jo Darbyshire on the Fremantle Port building, and the Uprising blue smoke by Tom Muleller inside the Roundhouse.

Felice Varini’s Arcs D’Ellipses looks different at night and the beautiful festival hub by Harris Architects looks wonderful.

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ON AN ARTY HIGH

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 29, 2017

 

 

Although it has barely started the HIGH TIDE Biennale of the Fremantle Festival can already be called a success. I have hardly ever seen more people in Fremantle’s West End on a Saturday afternoon than yesterday.

A big congratulations has to go to curator Tom Mueller of PS Art Space who did an outstanding job, together with all the artists involved. The attention to detail is great, as all the signs explaining the public art show. Well done Tom and all involved in High Tide!

The High Tide hub on top of Arthur Head built by Harris Architects has created a second Roundhouse next to the original one and already two wedding parties used it on Saturday.

At last night’s official opening in the rain it was packed full. I love it!

The Felice Varini Arcs D’Ellipses yellow artwork along High Street will become one of the most photographed works of art in the world. People love it and so do I. What creativity and perfection!

The moody sound art in the Whalers Tunnel should not be missed and neither should Jessee Lee Johns’ Commonwealth of New Bayswater installation in the basement of the Princess May Building (Kakulas Sister) in Short Street, just off Market Street.

Trevor Richard’s arty road in Mouat Street also gets a lot of attention and Jo Darbyshire’s projections on the Port Building should not be missed. There was too much rain to photograph it last eve, so will try again today.

High Tide has made the Fremantle Festival unique and it deserves very strong support from the City in Fremantle in two years.

The Little Italy by the Sea festival is still on today and the Blessing of the Fleet procession will walk through the CBD from 2pm from the Basilica to the Fishing Boat Harbour.

The festival village at Kings Square has entertainment, food stalls and a bar, so come out to good old Freo, have some fun and connect with the community!

 

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FESTIVAL CALENDAR

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 27, 2017

 

Freo Festival calendar

 

Well, well, well! The City of Fremantle has published a Fremantle Festival calendar at last. It still does not tell you what time the events are on, so it is rather useless.

Not sure if it is high-res enough to read it. I can’t because of the soft type they use, but here it is anyway.

Now it would be easy, and pretentious off me to claim credit for it, after my harsh whinge a few days ago, so let me just say that I am delighted Freo City has acted on community concerns.

Maybe I should become the first ever Dutch-born diplomat after all. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

A WHALE OF A FREO FESTIVAL

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 26, 2017

 

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I believe that this year’s Fremantle Festival, which starts tomorrow with the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival at the Fremantle Arts Centre, will be one of the best ever.

The addition of the two-yearly High Tide adds another international dimension to our port town festival and that is lifting the quality.

While Swiss artist Felice Varini has finished his epic Arcs D’Ellipses yellow artwork along High Street, down at the J Shed No 4 studio Ross Potter was still patiently drawing a life-size humpback whale that will be on display at the Maritime Museum from tomorrow till mid November.

Up on Arthur Head next to the Roundhouse they are building a lovely festival hub meeting place, and there will be shows in the Roundhouse and Whalers Tunnel.

Take part in the festival as it is all about community!

 

Roel Loopers

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