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PERMANENT FESTIVAL FOR FREO’S KINGS SQUARE

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, kings square, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

This is such big and good news for Fremantle that I have simply copied it off the Fremantle Mayor’s blog, since I did not receive any information about this from Sirona Capital or the City of Fremantle, which is disappointing.

Kings Square Fremantle will play host to a semi-permanent festival under a radical but carefully curated multimillion-dollar plan for a borderless retail, community and entertainment precinct.

FOMO, as the precinct has been christened, will reverse the effect of decades of neglect to allow Fremantle to reclaim its status as a thriving tourist destination, according to Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly, the developer of the $270 million office, retail, church and civic precinct.

“We threw out the retail rule book,” Mr McNeilly said.

“We saw a once-in-a-generation opportunity to harness the unique personality of Fremantle to create a retail environment where the journey will be as important as the destination.”

The flavour of FOMO, the 5783sqm retail space at the heart of Kings Square, will be devised in a series of workshops with the community, artists and musicians of Fremantle, highlighting and intensifying the best of Fremantle’s makers and artisans.

The Daily will be part of an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.Picture: Supplied

 

Its precincts include Street Alley, Tidal Land and Newman Court — a food space with slow food, good food, fast and fresh food which then morphs into spaces selling homewares, fashion and homemade goods.

Radical retail architect, HDR Rice Daubney principal Susanne Pini, said the double-storey Emporium (the former Myer building) would echo a “cool container” with an eclectic mix of organic and free flowing retail concepts.

For example, an area called The Daily, will offer local makers workspace, gallery, retail space around the base of the old carpark area and a window for passing pedestrians into how artisans bring their ideas to life.

City of Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said FOMO will be an art, architecture, culture and retail hub “unique to Fremantle”.

The project, to include two office campuses with 20,400sqm of A-grade office space, a revamped 800 bay carpark and outdoor retail, entertainment and eating spaces and a new $50 million civic precinct for the City of Fremantle, was “a unique opportunity to take a retail risk”, Mr McNeilly, said.

The office complex will house more than 1500 workers and Mr McNeilly said that in curating and intensifying the appealing elements of Fremantle, FOMO would almost double the number of tourists visiting Fremantle from 1.6 million to 3 million a year.

FREMANTLE BARGAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2017

 

Hidden Treasures

 

The very Freo HIDDEN TREASURE WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL is on again in the historic and beautiful West End every Thursday evening in July.

It starts this Thursday so check out the performing bands on the Facebook page and http://www.hiddentreasuresfreo.com.au.

It is an absolute bargain that for only $ 20,00 one gets access to all six venues, and of course evening parking for Fremantle residents with a permit is free.

It starts at 7.30 pm and is High Street at the Buffalo Club and Navy Club, the National Hotel and Orient Hotel, and just around the corner at the gorgeous PS Art Space in Pakenham Street.

A very special event has been added with music on the Fremantle Tram and a drive out onto the South Mole. Hop on the Tram in High Street!

Suppor our local musicians and hospitality outlets!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO’S WARM WINTER WORLD

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on June 20, 2017

 

The Fremantle WINTERWORLD skate season is on again at the Esplanade from this Saturday June 24 to July 16, so make sure to take the kids there for a day of fun and sore bottoms.

It is in the Italian Club carpark just metres away from the Esplanade Youth Plaza, so if the weather remains as sunny as it it the two combined make a perfect day out for families.

There will be food stalls, a bar, mulled wine, so a great celebration of winter and the Freo lifestyle.

Roel Loopers

IRISH FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

Posted in fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on June 9, 2017

 

 

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The Irish festival planned for Fremantle to commemorate the arrival of the Hougoumont in Fremantle on January 9, 1868, the last convict ship to sail to Australia 150 years ago, is attracting interest from the Irish government.

The Ambassador of Ireland Breandan O Caollai visited Kidogo Arthouse with a group of officers from the Canberra embassy this week.

The Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival will be held from January 5-14, 2018 at locations around Fremantle from Bathers Beach through the West End and Fremantle Prison.

On board the Hougoumont was also John Boyle O’Reilly who escaped some years later on the Gazelle and ended up as the editor of The Pilot newspaper in Boston, USA.

Between 1865 and 1867 the British had arrested members and supporters of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and 62 of them were transported to the penal colony of Western Australia.

John Boyle O’Reilly became later involved in getting funding for the Catalpa that sailed to Rockingham to pick up six Fenians who had escaped from Fremantle Prison. This fascinating bit of history is commemorated on the Rockingham foreshore with the impressive Six Wild Geese sculpture just south of the townsite.

An Irish festival will means music, dance, food, beer and lots of fun, so I am looking forward to it.

The Facebook page feniansfestival will keep you up to date over the next six months.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE TRAVEL FILM SERIES

Posted in culture, fremantle, movies, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2017

VINTAGE ADVENTURES is a Travel Film Series held in Fremantle from June 1-4.

It is held at Darkstar Coffee at 5/4 Pritchard Street in O’Connor. Tickets are $ 15 and concession $ 12. Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com

On Thursday June 1 at 8 pm they will show Double Journey a film shot between 1939 and 1945 by Ella Maillart of her journeys driving across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Idia.

On Friday June 2 at 8 pm 1 Map For 2 shows two Italian buddies on 175 cc Ducatis travelling the unspoilt 1950s.

Saturday June 3 will be Pillock Conquers the World at 8 pm, about a folk group buying n old bus and driving around India, Australia and across the USA.

And on Sunday June 4 at 7.30 pm Grass is on show. It shows the migration of the Bakhtiarti Tribe of Persia.

Roel Loopers

 

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NOTRE DAME HERITAGE FESTIVAL EVENTS

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 25, 2017

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The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts tomorrow, so make sure to get a program at the City of Fremantle Library or check it out on line.

Notre Dame University has several events during the festival as listed on the poster above.

Roel Loopers

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RETHINKING AUSTRALIA DAY

Posted in australia day, education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

UNDA presentation

 

The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts this week with the unveiling of the Townhall conservation works at 11.30 am on Friday, so come along.

Notre Dame University students are jumping the gun though with two interesting presentations at the Maritime Museum on Thursday between 1.30 and 3 pm.

They will present a professional report titled Recasting Australia Day and and exhibition proposal Country and Conflict at Swan River 1829-1850.

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FINAL STREET ARTS FESTIVAL DAY

Posted in fremantle, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

 

 

It’s the last day of the 2017 Fremantle International Street Arts Festival and it’s going till mid evening. It’s overcast and not too hot so get out there and enjoy all the international, national and local performers!

Roel Loopers

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QUIET STREET ARTS SUNDAY

Posted in culture, fremantle, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

 

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.

Roel Loopers

FREO STREET ART SUNDAY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, community, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2017

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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)

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