Freo's View

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

PACKED FULL FREO FRIDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2017

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It is packed full in Fremantle on Good Friday with standing traffic in the West End of town, the Street Arts Festival on at the Esplanade and the WAHONK band practising inside the Roundhouse. Hard to keep the tourists ou with so much invigorating loud music and colourful costumes.

Two drum bands and a brass section, the Wasamba and Jukadelics waking up this gorgeous sleepy town.

Today at 5 pm they will be outside Cicerello’s on Saturday at the Walyalup Pitch at noon and 6 pm, Sunday on South Terrace at noon and 6 pm and Monday at noon at the National Hotel Pitch.

Check out the full program on line at http://www.streetartsfestival.com.au

Roel Loopers

GOOD FRIDAY FREO FUN DAY

Posted in fishing, fremantle, hospitality, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2017

 

The boring Good Fridays of the past are over in Fremantle and most cafes are open for business and were busy already just after nine this morning.

I have never seen so many people fishing on the South Mole as today, with (illegal) parking on both sides full.

Supermarkets are closed but the great Peaches in South Freo is open and so are the Fremantle Markets and the Fishing Boat Harbour traders.

The Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is on at the Esplanade from 12-5 pm and there is live music at J Shed from midday and a pancake stall to have some yummy food.

Just go for a wander and explore beautiful old Freo and find more traders open for business.

Roel Loopers

SUPER FREO STREET ART

Posted in art, festival, fremantle, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2017

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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

Roel Loopers

 

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ZYDECATS BACK IN FREO!

Posted in fremantle, hospitality, music by freoview on April 7, 2017

The invigorating ZYDECATS are back with their great zydeco music at the Fremantle Workers Club this Saturday April 9 at 6pm.

It’s at the South Fremantle Football Club at Freo Oval.

The ZYDECATS are also playing every Friday in April at Clancys, so do some double-dipping and enjoy them twice in one week!

Roel Loopers

NOONGARS WANT DIDGERIDOO BAN FOR SOUTH WEST

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, indigenous, western australia by freoview on April 1, 2017

The South-West Land Council, the body representing the Noongar people of Western Australia, has called for a ban on the use of didgeridoos during Welcome to Country ceremonies in the South West.

The Council said that the didgeridoo is not a traditional instrument for the Noongar people and that clapsticks should be used instead.

Noongar elder UWA professor Len Colard does use a didge at welcome to country ceremonies and has done that often in Fremantle, but the elder, whose name I don’t remember, who does the WTC at Fremantle Notre Dame University always points out that the use of didgeridoo would be inappropriate and uses clapsticks.

Roel Loopers

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MATHAS AND FEELS AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, culture, fremantle arts centre by freoview on March 26, 2017

Winter is approaching and that means the Sunday concerts at the Fremantle Arts Centre will stop soon, but today it is still on with MATHAS and his intricate lyrics and beats.

He will be joined by the new percussion-electro duo FEELS, so it should be a delightful afternoon in the lovely courtyard.

The cafe, pizza bar and drinks bar are open and so are the galleries.

Roel Loopers

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LUCY PEACH AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, culture, fremantle arts centre by freoview on March 19, 2017

It’s going to be a very pleasant 26 degrees this Sunday so a perfect day to head out to the Fremantle Arts Centre and enjoy the free courtyard music from 2-4 pm by Lucy Peach.

Fresh from winning the WAM Award for Best Folk Act 2016, Lucy will stun you with her epic vocals and evocative songwriting, weaving bitterly sweet tales of wayward love.

The pizza bar, cafe and bar will be open and of course there are exhibitions on, and the craft and gift shop is open.

See you there!

Roel Loopers

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KIMBERLEY BAND AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, art, fremantle arts centre, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 12, 2017

 

Come and celebrate the massive Labor win with great music from the Kimberley at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 2-4 pm.

Family Shoveller Band  draw you into life in Bidyadanga, one of the largest Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley, with their joyous country, rock, ska and reggae party anthems.

First up are stories from deep in the Western Desert from the Irrunytju Band (WA).

 

More info: http://www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/sunday-music-family-shoveller-band/

And there is more Aboriginal culture at the Sculpture@Bathers show at 6 pm when the 35 Jarrah trees will be burnt by Replants artist Bruce Abbott and people of the Noongar community.

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FORMER KULCHA SPACE TO BE REACTIVATED

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, hospitality, music by freoview on March 6, 2017

It looks like the former Kulcha space above the Dome cafe on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip will be activated again soon as a bar/restaurant and music venue.

To be able for Mitchelstown PtyLtd, the preferred tenderer after an Expression of Interest period in March last year, to make the interior changes to the building, such as a commercial kitchen and sound proofing, the City of Fremantle will make required changes and invest in making the venue accessible for disabled people and build a lift and new stairs in Collie Street as well as a universal toilet.

It is a lovely space above the Dome and I fondly remember the many performances and exhibitions and the free Saturday concerts on the balcony, so let’s hope the activation and new entertainment venue will be supported by Fremantle residents.

Roel Loopers

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