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Free Events at Fremantle Street Arts Festival 2015

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by Judith W (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Published March 25th 2015
Many options of free and family-friendly performances
Fremantle Street Arts Festival

Fremantle Street Arts Festival is back. Some of the events under the umbrella of this festival are ticketed, but if you just want to entertain the family without having to buy any tickets, you only need to know where to catch the free ones.

The problem is, there are just too many events listed in the program. Yes, even the free ones. Unlike the Perth Festival where most events are ticketed and it's easy to remember the few free events, the Fremantle Street Arts Festival actually has lots of free stuff going on. To confuse matter further, they have various locations running events at different times. And lots of us are really too busy to find out which ones might or might not be suitable for our little ones. So since I'm doing the information screening for my kids, here's the list I gathered, so you can safely pick one or more of these too.

Sat 4 Apr: 1pm (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)/ 3.30pm (National Hotel Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: 1.30pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)/ 5pm (National Hotel Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: Noon (The Newport Pitch)/ 2pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)

A spectacular water balloon battle show (pictured in logo above), complete with dramatic music as background. There's no need for any words to enjoy this one.
Fremantle Street Arts Festival

Sat 4 Apr: Noon (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)/ 2.30pm (Walyalup Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: Noon (Fremantle Prison Pitch)/ 2.30pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)/ 6.30pm (The Newport Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: 11am (Victoria Quay Pitch)/ 1pm (National Hotel Pitch)/ 3pm (Walyalup Pitch)

Wearing a traditional Japanese kimono, it is only fitting that this artist performs a traditional Japanese performance. Traditional doesn't mean boring, though. He has tools and tricks that will leave spectators' mouths open.

Future Freo
4-6 Apr: 10am-2pm (Woolstores)
Help build a city of Freo using Lego pieces alongside artist Lewis Horne.

Mr Spin Show
Sat 4 Apr: Noon (Fremantle Prison Pitch)/ 2pm (The Newport Pitch)/ 5pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: 2pm (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)/ 6.30pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: 2pm (National Hotel Pitch)/ 4pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)

While other performers have partner(s) in their effort to entertain, Mr Spin will single-handedly sustain the 'oooh' and 'aaah' from the audience by all his daring and difficult circus feats.

Eloise Green The Hula Queen
Sat 4 Apr: Noon (Victoria Quay Pitch)/ 2pm (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)/ 4.30pm (Walyalup Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: 2.30pm (The Newport Pitch)/ 4.30pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: 1pm (The Newport Pitch)/ 3pm (National Hotel Pitch)

Hula-hoops are not her choice of weapon, but not the only ones. Yes, she has a large collection of those and boy, does she make use of them. But even without them, she doesn't loose her stride in telling her stories and catching the attention of the audience.

Beat the Streets
Sat 4 Apr: Noon (Davis Park Beaconsfield—show and youth workshop)/ 3pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)/ 5pm (The Newport Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: 4pm (National Hotel Pitch)/ 7.30pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: 1pm (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)/ 3pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)

No street arts festival would be complete without some street dance performances. This group, which combines break-dance with tap-dancing, is good enough to be picked for a Taylor Swift show, so not just a neighbourhood gang, them.

The Brooklyn Healer
Sat 4 Apr: 1-3pm & 4-6pm (Esplanade Hotel, outside the Ball and Chain)
Sun 5 Apr: 1-3pm & 5-7pm (Esplanade Hotel, outside the Ball and Chain)
Mon 6 Apr: Noon-2pm & 3-5pm (Esplanade Hotel, outside the Ball and Chain)

Be seduced into believing a miracle cure by this self-confessed healer. What you need fixed in your physical or psychic health, he can fix it. Look for him parked inside his car with his caseful of miracle cures.
Fremantle Street Arts Festival

4-6 Apr: 1-5pm (Fremantle Town Hall)
This unpronouncable word is the name of a robot that cruises along leaving unpronouncable words made of sand. The more philosophical-minded amongst us might mention something about the fleetingness of words or even language.

Zap Circus
Sat 4 Apr: 1pm (The Newport Pitch)/ 3pm (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: 5.30pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)/ 8pm (National Hotel Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: 1pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)/ 3pm (The Newport Pitch)

Fire show is one of the earliest performance in our history and although the fire-producing technic may have changed, the premise remind the same: that doing dare-devil stunts with fire will entertain audience young and old.

Yukinko Akira
Sat 4 Apr: 1.30 & 4pm (both South Terrace)
Sun 5 Apr: 1.30 & 5pm (both South Terrace)
Mon 6 Apr: Noon & 2pm (both South Terrace)

This multi-talented artist can mix music like a DJ, paint, and dance. What happens when he combines all three in one show?

Sat 4 Apr: 1.30pm (National Hotel Pitch)/ 5.30pm (Walyalup Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: 2pm (Fremantle Arts Centre)
Mon 6 Apr: Noon & 2pm (both Walyalup Pitch)

The duo have come a long way from busking Pitt St. Mall, Sydney to being "discovered" by Triple J Unearthed and releasing their debut EP 'All But The Sun' last year. If you like folk music, this is for you.

Perky & Fiddle
Sat, 4 Apr: 2pm (Victoria Quay Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: 2pm (Victoria Quay Pitch)/ 4.30pm (The Newport Pitch)/ 6pm (Walyalup Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: 2pm (Victoria Quay Pitch)

These two garden gnomes are not satisfied with their jobs of looking the flowerbed so decide to go on an adventure with comic results.
Fremantle Street Arts Festival

Flower Power
4-6 Apr: 1-4pm (South Terrace Piazza)
This one is a bit unusual for a street arts festival. Instead of the usual role of just watching (and laughing or clapping where appropriate), you can participate in Flower Power if you wish. This French hairdresser will create outrageous design on spectators' hair using simple materials such as leaves or ribbons. Do you dare to get a hair-do even weirder than Marge Simpson?

Sat 4 Apr: 2pm (Fremantle Arts Centre)/ 4pm (The Newport Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: Noon (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)/ 3.30pm (The Newport Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: 11am (Walyalup Pitch)/ 2pm (Fremantle Arts Centre)

This couple in white from Japan will demonstrate to us that they can be funny without uttering one single word. See if you can follow the storyline as well as the punch line.

Fausto Barile
Sat 4 Apr: 2 & 4.30pm (both South Terrace)
Sun 5 Apr: 2pm (Walyalup Pitch)/ 7.30pm (The Newport Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: 1 & 3pm (both South Terrace)

This skinny guy from Italy has a huge false belly where he hides something: a theatre. It's like magic watching this tiny world unfolds when he opens his shirst like superman.

Sat 4 Apr: 2pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)/ 4.30pm (National Hotel Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: 1pm (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)/ 3.30pm (Sail & Anchor Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: Noon (National Hotel Pitch)/ 3pm (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)

This is the ultimate crazy musician show, if a crazy musician can play flamenco guitar and sing like a virtuoso. Watch out for missiles flying around (mostly ping pong balls and eggs, but with a flying guitar or two).

Funny Bones
Sat 4 Apr: 2.55pm (Fremantle Arts Centre)/ 5.30pm (National Hotel Pitch)
Sun 5 Apr: 3pm (Esplanade Hotel Pitch)/ 6pm (National Hotel Pitch)
Mon 6 Apr: Noon (Sail & Anchor Pitch)/ 2.55pm (Fremantle Arts Centre)
This duo (one from Japan and the other from UK) aims to bring laughter via their mix of slapstick, acrobats, puppets, and magic. Another of those funny shows where no dialogue is required.

Fremantle Street Arts Festival
Sun 5 Apr: 1 & 3pm (Walyalup Pitch)
Ladies & Gentlemen, CircusWA presents 'Sliderz.' It may not be as good as Cirque du Soleil, but they have the advantage of being free of charge, and of being local. So you might even have a friend, acquintance, or family member up there, performing those seemingly impossible acts. Now if only I can summon up the will to learn the trick.

See, I told you the list is long. But it sure is satisfying being able to pick and choose what we like to watch or participate in. If you can't keep them all in your head, here's the same thing in a calendar format:

By the way, if you don't know your way around Fremantle, keep the following map handy so you know where to go next for your targeted performance:
Fremantle Street Arts Festival

    01. National Hotel Pitch
    02. Newport Pitch
    03. Walyalup Pitch
    04. Sail & Anchor Pitch
    05. South Terrace Piazza
    06. The Esplanade Hotel Pitch
    07. Fremantle Town Hall
    08. Victoria Quay Pitch
    09. Woolstores Shopping Centre
    15. Ball & Chain

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When: 4-6 April 2015.
Where: Various locations in Fremantle
Cost: Free.
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