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FREO’S EASTER STREET ARTS FESTIVAL IS FREE AND FUN

 

 

Only two more sleeps until the great Fremantle Streets Arts Festival will be on during the long Easter weekend with acts from all over the world entertaining the large crowds.

It’s all free, fantastic and very Freo, so make sure to come and enjoy it and try to see every performance over the four days.

The weather forecast of only 18 degrees and 90% chance of rain on Good Friday, according to BOM, is not good and might see the cancellation of that day’s events, but the rest of the long weekend looks pretty good, so plenty of time to wander around Freo, have fun, a nice meal and support our local traders!

Saturday  a chance of a morning shower, so that will be over by the time the SAF starts, and sunny forecast for Sunday and Monday, so no excuses.

And my yearly lament, City of Fremantle. Why are there no programs at the Roundhouse to hand out to visitors from interstate and overseas? I complain about that every year but it falls on deaf ears.

Roel Loopers

 

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HUNDRED SHOWS AT FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, Easter, entertainment, festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 19, 2019

 

 

The program for this year’s Fremantle STREET ARTS FESTIVAL is out so grab yourselves a printed copy at the City of Fremantle library or check it out on the Facebook page or City’s website.

The annual festival is on again during the Easter long weekend on April 19-22 and will showcase more than one hundred shows in four days from all over the world.

On the Easter menu are Cho Kairin from China, Bug N’Buzz from France, Welcome to my Head from Spain, Jaardu from India. Anatole and Pulet Crus also from France, Drawing Circus from South Korea, La Dolce Flamingo from the USA, Ready.Aim.Fire from Germany, The Sculptor Clown from Portugal, Nuptial Ropes from Switzerland, Rhythm from Japan, and many more.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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EXTRA PARKING FOR STREET ARTS FESTIVAL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, festivals, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2018

 

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Ahead of schedule the new Cappuccino Strip carpark on the former Stan Reilly site will open tomorrow afternoon, just in time for the long Easter weekend and the very popular Fremantle International Street Arts Festival.

It will add another 155 car bays to the inner city. Fremantle already has approximately 5000 parking bays available in the city centre, including over a thousand on-street bays and more than 2300 bays in the 28 off-street carparks managed by the City.

It promises to be a brilliant weekend with warm and fine weather forecast.

There will be pop-up bars along the Cappuccino Strip, the Kelp Bar on Bathers Beach will be open, the West End Weekender along High Street will be fun and there is also a market in the Fremantle Malls between the Cappuccino Strip and Kings Square.

I am very much looking forward to my favourite Freo festival and all the related events, including the WOYLIE Aboriginal children’s festival in the Moores building!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL SPECTACLE

 

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In two weeks the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival will be held during the long Easter weekend and also on Good Friday.

It is my favourite Freo festival and it will the the 20th anniversary of the all free delightful creative and fun street spectacle, so make sure to let friends know and make it very relaxing days out.

I love the buzz on the streets, the smiles and excitement and the family friendly ambience and there is always so much to see all over the inner city.

This year there will even be evening events AFTER DARK on Saturday and Sunday till 8pm and the fully licensed Seraphim pop-up bar pitch at Little Creatures.

The program is full of international and national acts and includes the energy laden WAHONK Fest street bands spectacle and the West End Weekender stalls along High Street.

There are printed programs out available at the City of Fremantle library and Visitor Centre and you can also get them at the Roundhouse, and of course there is a Facebook page with all the info .

I am really looking forward to this Fremantle weekend of fun where the streets will be packed full with people!

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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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

GREAT FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festival, street arts festival by freoview on March 16, 2017

 

My personal favourite Fremantle festival the STREET ARTS FESTIVAL is on again over the Easter long weekend from April 13-17 all over the inner city.

It is a very international festival with artists from Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Sweden, New Zealand, and Japan.

The printed programs are available now from the Fremantle Library and also at the Roundhouse and you can check it out on the City of Fremantle website and festival Facebook page.

It’s all free and great family entertainment.

Let the fun begin!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE STREET ARTS FESTIVAL FIGURES DOWN

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, street arts festival by freoview on April 8, 2016

 

Fremantle BID has released the footfall figures for the Easter long weekend Street Arts Festival, compiled for them by consultant A Beautiful City,  and they are a down by around 13,000 people compared to last year and  just 1,203 compared to 2014.

The overal visitors’ figure for the three days this year was 111,733, compared to 129,415 in 2015 and 112,936 in 2014.

While the constant rain on the Saturday attracted 6,000 fewer people, it is a surprise that on the brilliant Sunday the figures were also down by around 7,000.

It is even more of a surprise that the figures are down because the trains from Perth were actually running.

I love the SAF and believe it is the best Freo festival, so maybe marketing needs to be tweaked a little to get more visitors next year, because what is on offer is always excellent. For example there were no festival programs at the Roundhouse or any of the West End cafes, so that needs to be improved on.

Roel Loopers

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PARTICIPATE IN STREET ARTS FESTIVAL SURVEY

Posted in city of fremantle, street arts festival by freoview on March 30, 2016

The City of Fremantle is doing an on-line survey on the Street Arts Festival. I found it on Twitter but can’t find it on the City website or SAF Facebook page.

Two questions that are not asked, but in my opinion would have provided some important information are were you on your own, with friends, family with children, and also how many days did you come to the SAF?

But there is a strangely worded question, which gender do you consider yourself? I did not think I have an option as my birth certificate and my pass state that I am male, even if I consider myself an exceptional and unique species with a brilliant mind and better than perfect. ; >)

Anyway, if you manage to find the survey do participate and more importantly find a way of sharing it with people who are not from Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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