Here some photos of Sunday’s Fremantle Festival activities.
I went to the Fibonacci Centre, the Tweed Run, Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival and Esplanade Youth Plaza and the Blessing of the Fleet.
When there was traffic chaos on a few occasions during last year’s Fremantle festivals, the City promised they would change to a local company who were familiar with the street lay-out of the inner city.
Today it showed that whichever company did the so-called traffic management for the Blessing of the Fleet does not have a clue either because it was utter rubbish what they produced. I am sure they’ll get thousands of dollars payed for it by the COF though who appear to support mediocrity
I mentioned on this blog the last times that it is pretty simple to manage traffic in the West End. Close Pakenham, Mouat, Henry and Cliff streets at Phillimore Street and you’ve got some semblance of organised traffic management.
But today again cars were allowed to turn from Phillimore into Pakenham, to then find they had to turn right into High to end up in a traffic jam and standing traffic at Cliff Street.
The farce got even worse though! Traffic was allowed to enter Cliff Street from Phillimore Street but less than 50 metres in they were forced to turn right at High Street and ended up doing U-turns at Little High Street.
English is not my first language, so maybe the directors of ‘Traffic Control’ company could tell me what the word is for the chaos they created. Traffic management or control it wasn’t!
Oh and to the ‘traffic control’ guy in the full body high visibility outfit. Mate we wanted to photograph the procession, not mister yellow ignoramus walking straight ahead of the priests. They did not need you to know how to walk straight down High Street.
This coming weekend is the start of the 2014 FREMANTLE FESTIVAL so get ready Freo.
There are a lot of things happening including the traditional Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday. It starts at 2 pm from the Basilica.
But let’s just slowly wind into it on Saturday with the huge Garage Sale at Kings Square from 8 am and the open house at the Fib-Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street from 11 am.
But also try to make the short trip to Hammy Hill for the Bakers Square Community Fiesta. It’s all going to be relaxing fun, and stuff the weather forecast, a bit of rain won’t dampen our spirit, we are after all a port city.
The traditional Maria Tindari- Black Madonna procession happens every year in Fremantle about a month before the Blessing of the Fleet, and the 3 pm daylight fireworks always come as a big surprise to the Sunday crowd, as it did again on Sunday.
The procession starts at the Basilica in Adelaide Street and wanders through the West of the city and Cappuccino Strip.
The Blessing of the Fleet is on again the last Sunday in October.
It is going to be very busy in Fremantle this Sunday with road closures in the morning for the Fremantle Fun Run, so it might be a bit more difficult to get to your favourite West End cafe. The event starts on the Esplanade at 8 am.
In Beach Street is the Customs Cars Coffee event between 9-11 am, and from 2 pm on the procession of the Black Madonna will snake from the Basilica through the city centre and that will also involve road closures.
But that should not discourage anyone from coming to Fremantle, as it is going to be a glorious day just perfect for a day out and having a nice alfresco lunch while soaking up the sunshine and atmosphere in gorgeous Freo. What better place to be to celebrate the Dockers’ win over Port Adelaide.
Here some photos of today’s BLESSING OF THE FLEET in Fremantle and from the again disappointing Seafood Festival in the Fishing Boat Harbour. The latter is not substantial enough to be called a festival, and the organisors should drastically improve it next year it or cancel it.
The Blessing of course is always worth going to town for as it is such a lovely tradition that is deeply rooted in the Italian culture. I love it.
The month of October started today and it’s only 24 more days till the start of the annual FREMANTLE FESTIVAL. All the traditional goodies are there with the starting weekend seeing the Blessing of the Fleet and the Seafood Festival on October 27. The next weekend will let us celebrate our Indigenous and coffee culture when the Wardarnji Festival and the Coffee Festival are on November 2 and 3. The last weekend is traditionally the Street Parade and that will be on November 10. There will also be the first Craft Beer&Food Festival on the Esplanade that day, so we might see some inspired people taking part in the parade.
May I also mention how deeply touched I am that the City of Fremantle decided to celebrate my 65th birthday as the start day of this year’s festival on October 25. ; >) What a thoughtful mob those festival officers are.
The FREMANTLE FESTIVAL starts this Sunday October 28 with the Blessing of the Fleet at 2pm from the Basilica in Adelaide Street from where the processions will go through High and Henry streets to the Fishing Boat Harbour. At the Fishing Boat Harbour the inaugural SEAFOOD FESTIVAL is on from 11 am to 7 pm and after that closes the FIREWORKS will be on at 8 pm at Bathers Beach.
There is also the first SCULPTURES ON THE STREET around Blinco Street, organised by the Fibonacci Centre. It starts at 10 am on Sunday in several locations near Blinco Street.
Don’t complain that you’re feeling bored or that nothing happens in boring old Freo. Participate in the fun, make new friends, let your hair down and relax.
Only ten more days to the start of the Fremantle Festival, Australia’s oldest festival. It will start with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday October 28 and with the brand new Seafood Festival at the Fishing Boat Harbour from 11 am-8 pm, and the opening day will finish with sensational FIREWORKS over Bathers Beach at 8pm.
There is also Open Day on the Greens at the North Fremantle Bowling Club from 10.30 am- 7 pm, the Big Band Bossa Nova at the Town Hall from 3.30 pm- 5.30 pm and the Opera Undressed at Victoria Hall from 8 pm- 9 pm.
Check out the Fremantle Festival program on the web: http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/files/8fb5a4d0-dd97-45d0-91a3-a0de00d13435/2012_Festival_PROGRAM_5_low_res.pdf and keep up to date via the Facebook page: http://createsend.com/t/r-152DFB9634C6FD96
This year’s festival program is full of good events, so I will report on those closer to the dates they happen.