From 26th to 28th October 2018, the Fremantle Festival is back with some great things to do, and see. And to make it even more attractive, all events are FREE!
This year's three-day Festival format will pave the way for a new and exciting expanded ten-day format for winter in 2019.
The festival is now in its 113th year and is Australia's longest running festival! It continues to grow and advance as a celebration of a very unique city which West Australians have loved and frequented for many years.
PROGRAM Some of the events this year include the following:
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre, on the South Lawn, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle
When: Friday 26th October, at 6.30 pm Doors open at 5.30 pm
There will be songs, dancing and you will hear the beauty of these old happenings including language. The fires will be burning well into the evening, where people will be together to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture.
Wardarnji opens the Fremantle Festival with a stunning and unique experience of Nyoongar storytelling on the South Lawn of the Fremantle Arts Centre. Make sure you arrive early to get a good spot! You can bring a picnic blanket and make yourself comfortable on the lawns.
The procession begins at St Patrick's Basilica, 47 Adelaide Street, Fremantle.
2.00 pm start
The procession then continues and winds its way through the streets of Fremantle to the Fishing Boat Harbour, where the actual blessing will take place. You will be able to watch the pageant and witness the splendour of the Blessing of the Fleet as this annual procession weaves its way around for the 70th time!
The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. They did this to make sure that the next season would be safe and successful. An Italian migrant first started this tradition here in WA.
Then at 8.00 pm, there will be fireworks to mark this auspicious occasion.
Kraken is a blaze on Bather's Beach centred around the Kraken effigy. This is a sea monster coming out of the sands.
Kraken is a community event that is like a mini Blazing Swan Festival. It is presented by the Fremantle based Blazing Swan Inc. and is a not-for-profit organisation who produce the regional Burning Man in Kulin.
The Kraken will be surrounding Bather's Beach and have the Blazing Swan theme with camps, entertainment and food.
As the sun starts to set over the Ocean, fires will be lit to bring together the people of Fremantle and beyond. People will congregate between the River and the sea and the fires will light the way, keep everyone warm and you can listen to some community stories.
Each fire will have a performance of song, spoken word, puppetry or dance. You can then wander from one fire to another, and enjoy all that each fire and each event has to offer, whilst listening to the voices of the people Fremantle.