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HUGE CROWD AT HIGHWAY TO HELL

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, festivals, music, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2020

 

A huge crowd turned up at the Fremantle Rainbow container artwork for the Perth Festival Highway to Hell event that stretched all the way to Applecross. The entire Canning Highway was closed for traffic for the event.

Many turned up already at 4.30 and it was a long wait until the first truck arrived at 7.30 with very little entertainment before that, which was disappointing.

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GO TO HELL FREMANTLE!

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on March 1, 2020

 

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Highway to Hell is on TODAY Sunday March 1 — the 40th anniversary since original AC/DC front man Bon Scott was laid to rest at Fremantle Cemetery.

I am really looking forward to this fantastic Perth Festival event and have no doubt that even many Christians will prefer the Highway to Hell over heaven today. Who knows, maybe ScoMo’s Hillsong will change their name for the day to Hellsong. ;>)

The Fremantle part of it is under the Rainbow container artwork  from 4-9.30pm

From 4pm, more than 130 free community activities and events will span 10km of Canning Highway, which will be closed to traffic from 1pm to 11pm, to create the world’s longest stage and Perth’s playground for the day. Key crossroads remain open.

A large starter’s bell (supplied by John Taylor & Co, the same company that made the original AC/DC Hell’s Bell) will ring out at 5pm to send the trucks on their way from Applecross to Fremantle. On board, a mix of local and international acts will belt out their versions of AC/DC classics.

The family friendly event includes roving street performers, high-voltage performance poets, community choirs, dance troupes, kids activities, meal offerings, music and art exhibitions.

There will be entertainment along the highway, with the program split into four key zones:

  1. The Canning Bridge zone — Canning Bridge to Riseley Street, Applecross
  2. The Tompkins Park Zone — Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove
  3. The Valley Zone — Stock Road to Petra Street, Palmyra
  4. The Rainbow Zone — May Street, East Fremantle to the Rainbow between the bridges in Fremantle 

Connecting all the zones will be the ‘hit parade’ of trucks with their mobile stages decked out as Aussie icons — including a giant sausage roll.

The City of Fremantle will be running free shuttle buses to and from the East Street Jetty to the Freo train station and the Esplanade before and after the event.

See you all there!

Roel Loopers

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LIGHTING UP THE SCULPTURE BEACH

 

 

 

Fremantle’s SCULPTURE AT BATHERS starts this evening with the official opening at Bathers Beach. There are some stunning works and I recommend people go and see it twice, at least once around sunset. There is plenty for children to like about the show as well, so make it a family trip!

The coastal path from Kidogo Arthouse to the Whalers Tunnel will all be lit up and so will be sections of the beach, but the $ 25,000 the City of Fremantle is reportedly spending on it might have been better spent on a light tower at the northern end of the beach near J Shed and light up the entire beach, because there are a lot of fences at Arthur’s Head to protect passers by from rockfall.

There is a rather quirky story with police involvement, etc. about someone trying to do creative lighting during the sculpture festival, but those involved are really nice people, so I won’t go there to protect their identity. It is very Freo and funny though, so you’ll all have to wait till I write my book in 2050. ; >)

I suggested to CoF a few months ago to spend money on creative hoardings on the fences and get rid of the ugliness while informing visitors about the history of the precinct, but that has not eventuated unfortunately.

I hope someone at the City had the foresight to instruct Wilson Security to keep the Whalers Tunnel open longer than 7pm during the great sculpture show.

UPDATE: I have just been informed by the SaB that the tunnel will remain open till 10pm during the exhibition. Great news!

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FACELIFT FOR FREO’S POPULAR RAINBOW CONTAINER ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2020

 

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The iconic and very impressive colourful Rainbow artwork, that is an entry statement to Fremantle at Canning Hiwghway, will receive a much needed facelift

Commissioned by the City of Fremantle and installed overlooking the Swan River and Fremantle Port in 2016, Rainbow by Perth artist Marcus Canning, has been bleached by the strong WA sunlight and needs a decent paint job to bring it back to its former glory.

Rainwater has also seeped into some of the containers, which started to rust, so that will also be taken care of.

Rainbow attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world who take selfies underneath it and is the perfect public art work for our port city.

Made up of nine brightly coloured recycled shipping containers, Rainbow is nine metres high, 19 metres long and weighs around 66 tonnes.

The Containbow, as it is also known, is going to be the end point for the massive Highway to Hell event that’s closing the Perth Festival in March. The event will run all the way from Appplecross to Fremantle along Canning Highway

The show will start at 5pm on 1 March 2020 at Canning Bridge and roll through special activity zones at Tompkins Park and the Leopold Hotel before arriving at the Rainbow in Fremantle at 8:30pm.

For more information visit the Highway to Hell page on the Perth Festival website.

CONTROVERSIAL ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE CHANGES

 

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Fremantle’s alternative Australia Day event ONE DAY in Fremantle will be significantly different this year and much more low key than the previous expensive concerts on the Esplanade.

One Day will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25 at Bathers Beach, with focus on Aboriginal culture, music and food, and will be showcasing young and emerging talent.

It will start with a smoking ceremony at 8am behind Kidogo Arthouse and finish with the burning of six Balga trees on the beach at sunset.

While the City says the changes were made because it did not want the event to become stale, and I agree, there had been a disconnect between the smoking ceremony in the morning and the concert late in the afternoon, there is little doubt that the changes are also made because the concerts became too expensive and did not attract the big audiences the very first concert with John Butler did.

It is questionable though that the day is no longer about cultural diversity  and will instead become another Aboriginal festival, similar to the Australia Day Survival Concert in Perth, when Fremantle already has the annual Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival during the Fremantle Festival.

I believe One Day needs to be all about Fremantle’s and Australia’s great multiculturalism and should not just be about our First Nation people and their culture, no matter how much I love and respect Aboriginal people. The cancellation of Australia Day celebrations, out of respect for Aboriginal concerns, received huge criticism when it was initiated four years ago, and this change is not the right way forward toward reconciliation, in my opinion. Changes were needed, Fremantle Councillors, but not these ones.

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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

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.

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PHOTOS OF FREO’S MARITIME DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2019

 

 

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After an early heavy shower the sun came out just in time for the popular Fremantle Ports Maritime Day, so here a slide show of the photos I took of it.

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LOTS OF WATER AT FREO BIENNALE WATER LICHT LAUNCH

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 1, 2019

 

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The start of the Water Licht event on the Esplanade by Daan Roosegaarde for the Fremantle Biennale had a lot of water indeed and was more something for ducks than for people, but here some impressions of it anyway.

Hard to admit for a photographer that it looked much more spectacular than in my photos, so I might have another go at it tomorrow evening.

Roel Loopers

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