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The Fremantle Festival is on again - so much to see and do
The Fremantle Festival is a 10-day arts and cultural festival that takes place in several venues across the City of Fremantle. It is one of the most popular festivals held in Perth and attracts thousands of visitors to the Port City. The hub of the event will occur at Kings Square, which will be a hive of activity over the ten days of the festival this year.
The main hub for the Festival
You will be able to purchase tickets to all Fremantle Festival shows at the festival ticket-booth, where cash and cards are accepted and this will be located at Kings Square once the festival starts. They will be open from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays and 12pm to 8.30pm on weekends.
The local pop up bar will be a great meeting place during the festival this year and is the festival "Local", based in Kings Square between key venues. You can make your way between events from here and drop in at the festival local for a drink at the bar, or to see local performers entertaining you. This bar will be open from 4pm to 11pm on weekdays, and 12pm to 11.30pm on weekends.
Fremantle Festival is a celebration of Fremantle, its people and its culture. The festival presents high quality ticketed and free shows with a large programme filled with music, comedy, fashion, performances, visual art and talks. The festival starts on Friday 27th October and finishes on Sunday 12th November 2017. The following is a list of the events that will be held during this time:
The Blessing of the Fleet - Free Family Event
The Blessing of the Fleet has been a popular event for many, many years. Here you can watch this annual procession making its way from St Patrick's Basilica to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and ending with a spectacular fireworks display at 8 pm. The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities to make sure that it would be a successful fishing season.
Old tradition of blessing of the fleet
It was first celebrated in Fremantle in 1948 by an Italian migrant fisherman. There is also a photographic and memorabilia exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum which tells of this fascinating community procession in Fremantle.
WHERE The procession begins at St Patrick's Basilica, 47 Adelaide Street, and continues to Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.
WHEN Sunday 29th October at 2 pm
Wardarnji - Free Family Dance Event
The beauty of the oldest songs, dances and language in the world will take you to another place, as "fires burn long into the evening and people come together to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture". Wardarnji opens the Fremantle Festival with a unique experience of Nyoongar storytelling on the South Lawn of Fremantle Arts Centre.
WHERE Fremantle Arts Centre – South Lawn 1 Finnerty Street
Friday 27th October, at 6.30pm
Doors open 5.30 pm
Justin Townes Earle & Guest - Music Event
Justin Townes Earle has built a reputation since starting his career ten years ago and he has established a reputation as a "singular leading light in the Americana music community". With his unique melodies, the veteran singer-songwriter has built a portfolio of excellent works. For the Fremantle Festival, Townes Earle will be teaming up with country singer Joshua Hedley and local blues artist Ruby Boots.
This Event will be held at the Fremantle Leisure Centre for this year's Children's Fiesta. There will be treasure maps, storytelling, sea shanties from Rumskull, pirate hat-making and a pirate ship.
Fun for children up to 12 years
Kids can help build rafts out of recycled materials and watch them being raced by well-known Fremantle identities to find out which ones will sink and which will stay afloat! This event is for children under 12 and their adults.
Fremantle Leisure Centre
10 Shuffrey Street
Sunday 5th November from 10 am to 2 pm
Tickets are $2 at the gate
BALANCE OF EVENTS
22 PILLARS - FREE EVENT
A SINGLE DAY - MUSIC
ABRACADABRA - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
ARCADE - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
ARCS D'ELLIPSES - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
ARTS HUSTLE - VISUAL ARTS
ARTS HUSTLE FOR KIDS - FAMILY EVENT - VISUAL ARTS
ASHLEY WILLIAM SMITH - RISK TAKING - MUSIC
DAN HOWLS -VINYL ALBUM LAUNCH - MUSIC
DEADLY FUNNY - HUMOUR
ECCA VANDAL - MUSIC
FAC PRINT AWARD SUPPORTED BY LITTLE CREATURES BREWING - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ARTS
FADED NEONS - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
FATHOM - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY - CRUCIAL ROCKERS - FREE EVENT - MUSIC
FRANK WOODLEY - I WOODLEY - HUMOUR
FREMANTLE FASHION COLLECTIVE - FASHION
FREMANTLE INTERNATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE - VISUAL ART
GALLOPING FOXLEYS - MUSIC
GHOST SHIP - FREE EVENT -VISUAL ART
HEARTSSTONE - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
HEAVENLY BODIES - 35 YEARS OF DRASTIC ON PLASTIC - MUSIC
HIGH TIDE 17 - VISUAL ART
HIGH TIDE FERVOR - VISUAL ART
HIGH TIDE HUB - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
HOME TOWN: ARTIST & COMMUNITY AMBITION ON AN INTERNATIONAL STAGE - SPEAKERS - VISUAL ART
JAE LAFFER - ALBUM LAUNCH - MUSIC
KOI CHILD - MUSIC
LITTLE ITALY BY THE SEA - FREE EVENT - FAMILY - FASHION
LOWDOWN - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
MISSION SONGS - MUSIC
MOJO JUJU - MUSIC
NITE JEWEL - MUSIC
PETER BIBBY & JACK LADDER - MUSIC
PHENDER ROADS INSTALLATION - FREE EVENT - MUSIC
PHENDER ROADS PERFORMANCE - MUSIC
PROFESSOR GILLIAN TRIGGS - FREMANTLE FESTIVAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS
RAFT - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
RAPUNZEL - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
RESIDENT ALIEN - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
SAM SIMMONS A- K - HUMOUR
SEABORN - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
SHIPS IN THE NIGHT - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
SONGS OF DISGRACE - MUSIC
SONNENMASSE - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
SUNDAY MUSIC - SALARY - FREE EVENT - MUSIC - FAMILY
SUNDAY MUSIC - STEVE HENSBY - FREE EVENT - MUSIC -FAMILY
THE GREAT FREMANTLE RACE - FREE EVENT - FAMILY
THE JEZABELS - MUSIC
THE STATE COLLECTION - VISUAL ART
THE STATE COLLECTION - CLOSING PARTY AND ART MARKET -FREE EVENT - VISUAL ARTS
THE STEMS - MUSIC
THE TESKEY BROTHERS - MUSIC
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING ABBE MAY - MUSIC
TO LOVE: BREATHING FOR BIAGIO WALKING, WALKING, SLOWLY DOWNHILL - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
TRANS - TIDE - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
TUNNEL VISION - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
UNITED FEDERATION OF UTOPIAS FOR ONE (UFO) - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
UPRISING - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
WATERLINE - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
WHALE - FREE EVENT - VISUAL ART
As you can see, there is a huge amount of choice at this year's festival and there is something for all ages!
27th October to 5th November 2017
TICKETS/INFORMATION RE DATES ETC
You can go to this site, or for tickets, visit the Festival box office in Kings Square (during the Festival) or Mills Records, 22 Adelaide Street, for tickets to all Fremantle Festival shows.
I can't believe there is no Fremantle Festival Parade this year. What a shame.
The Fremantle Festival poster was always a sought after item and good tradition, I hope they keep that going too?
BRING BACK THE PARADE