It was unusually quiet on Sunday afternoon for the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival but traders told me it had been busy during lunchtime.
There were only a handful of people in High Street between 2-4 pm when I walked around to take some snaps and even the Cappuccino Strip was not packed full.
It is likely some people came into Freo for the evening performances, but compared to very busy Friday and Saturday it was relatively quiet on Sunday, so now hoping that the masses will come today for the last day of the free festival.
I must admit the festival has not excited me as much this year as previous years, so I hope other people will have found more fun in the acts.
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)
Australia’s biggest street art festival is starting this Thursday! The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival will run from Thursday to Monday all long Easter weekend, and for the first time also on Good Friday.
Thirty-four performers from 11 countries will show their comedy, juggling, balancing and street theatre acts all over the CBD from midday each day.
On Thursday is the big opening at 6.30 at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
High Street in the West End will be closed for the Westender and there will be live music stages and an Easter market.
For more info go to: http://www.streetartsfestival.com.au
An early notice for wine lovers that the Fremantle URBAN WINE WALK will be held on May 6.
The streets, laneways and footpaths of Fremantle, North Fremantle & South Fremantle will come alive as a line up of our best Urban Locales open their doors, transforming into the ultimate cellar door experience.
Promising a fresh, self-guided wine tasting experience never before seen in our city, Urban Wine Walk is an afternoon out you and your friends won’t want to miss!
You’ll enjoy unique experiences at a hand-picked selection of local bars and restaurants and of course sample unique wines from the best up and coming wine producers Australia has to offer!
It is on from midday till 5 pm and only costs $ 45.00 per person, so something to look forward to!
The claim in the Fremantle Herald today by Fishing Boat Harbour traders that Australia Day was a big hit for Fremantle businesses is a very one-sided view of the reality. It’s more like a Donald Trump alternative facts statement.
The fish&chips traders in the FBH might have done very well when thousands of people came to Fremantle in the early evening to watch the fireworks, but during the day there was hardly anyone in the city centre because it was simply too hot, so many businesses did very little trade at all. We had only 114 visitors at the Roundhouse compared to over 1,400 two weeks ago.
No one is to blame for that and it is a shame the Freo Fiesta efforts were hampered by the hottest Australia Day in 79 years, but let’s not try to make a very average day look like it was an outstanding success because the Fishing Boat Harbour people organised it.
Also funny to read that the FBH traders have approached State Government to get $ 500,000 to install a shark net at Fremantle’s most underused beach where one rarely sees more than a handful of people in the ocean. No wonder the City of Fremantle is not keen about the idea, that I believe would be a waste of money.
But having said all that, I believe the City of Fremantle needs to become serious about the activation of Arthur’s Head and what better way to do that than activating the gorgeous inner city beach. More significant signs to promote the beach would also help.
Bathers Beach needs public toilets, showers at the northern end near J Shed and the extension of the boardwalk all the way to J Shed. Creating better connectivity between the Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour and linking the Maritime Museum, Roundhouse and Shipwreck Museum would be very helpful.
The Whalers Tunnel also needs to remain open longer in the evenings so there is direct access from High Street for people to watch the sunset and the lit up cliff face there.
There are a lot better ways of spending half a million dollars on Bathers Beach than a shark net.
The FREO FIESTA is on today and all weekend, so check it out! More info on http://www.fremantlebid.com
The Fremantle Fly by Night musicians club in the gorgeous heritage Victoria Hall building is holding the FLY FESTIVAL this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so support our local music industry!
The poster above gives you all the info about who is playing when, so have fun!
Last week I complained about event organisers and traffic management companies leaving signs behind, but the City of Fremantle is not any better.
The Fremantle Festival Parade was on Sunday November 6 but six weeks later on December 19 this sign is still stuck to the parking sign in the Henderson Street mall. During that time parking and community safety officers would have walked past there many times a day, so why did no one notice it?
It’s all happening at Kings Square for the Fremantle Festival today with people installing artworks and an alfresco entertainment area.
There is a very nice minimalist artwork on the eastern side of the St John’s church that will light up at night, so go and have a look.
Aspire by Blazing Swan is a huge pinewood structure with a pirate flag flying above it and I assume one needs to walk up and down it for a new view of Kings Square and the High Street mall.
The Fremantle Festival is for all of us so make sure to take part and enjoy it!
The Fremantle Festival starts this weekend so make sure to get a printed program or check it out on-line and Facebook because there is a lot on that you don’t want to miss!
It is less than a week to go until Little Italy by the Sea is on at Bathers Beach, Fremantle.
The Italian community is bringing you a weekend of food, drinks, entertainment, and fun on 29 and 30 October, so come and enjoy traditional and modern Italian cuisine from an array of food vendors at one of the piazzas!
Check out the website for more information http://www.littleitalybythesea.com.au
Taste yummy food from: Black Pearl Oyster Shucking, Dal Pizzaiolo / Domenico Catering, La Pizzeria Mobile, Mondo Butchers – Mondo Di Carne (World of Meat), Parlapa, Piadina Bar, The Mattarello, The Pasta Truck, Eataly Fine Foods, Piadina nonna Pina, That Little Gelato Cart, Cold Matter Cold Brew Coffee, Roasting Depot, Rubra Coffee, Dolce & Salato, Miss Tartufo, Woolworths Supermarkets WA, Juice Day Events, Fremantle Sardine Company, Gelato Amico, Fremantle’s Family Cookbook, Cas in the Kitchen, Tarzan’s Chilli Oils…and Little Italy by the Sea’s Mambo Italiano Bar and Bambino Panini Bar, with the Campari Aperitivo Bar on Sunday 30 October.
On Sunday from 2 pm is also the Blessing of the Fleet and 8 pm fireworks, so come enjoy this lovely tradition. It starts at the Basilica at Adelaide Street and winds through the West End to the Fishing Boat Harbour.