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The Fremantle Heritage Festival has so much to offer all
Fremantle is a city of festivals and entertainment, with regular free concerts and a busking and street performance culture. It is also home to one of Australia's best festival programmes - the Heritage Festival!

This will be held at various locations throughout Fremantle and it celebrates the many stories of Fremantle's rich cultural heritage, its custodians, makers and creators. The programme is always vast and diverse, and this year is no exception!

It will be held from 25th May to 4th June, 2018 from 8.00 am on 25th to 5.00 pm on 4th June, and you can delve into the vintage, retro and "historical fabric" of Fremantle through 10 days of storytelling and special events.

Will you be at the 'Rum Punch Pirate Party' in Mojos or Capella singing at the Town Hall? Or you may fancy the vintage collectors' fair, then take a look at the Maritime Museum for open day. There is a mixture of free and paid events to keep you here in Fremantle and surrounds for the whole of this Festival.

The Fremantle Heritage Festival also delves into its exciting past. There will be tours, walks and talks covering a variety of topics including:

Prison life
Indigenous and maritime history
Fantastic live music performances
Exhibitions featuring art and photography
Much, much more

For a full list of all the programmes during this ten-day event, go to this Fremantle Heritage website.

The following items are a preview of a small part of the actual programme for this year's events:

* Transportation - This will be on from 25th May to the 4th June at the Fremantle Prison Gallery. It will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia.

The exhibition will present the stories of men, women and children sent to convict sites around Australia and it will exhibit convict material from the Mitchell Library in NSW, Western Australian Museum and the Prison's own collection.

This is a FREE event and you can find out more here

* Museum in my Pocket: Museum of Moving Objects - Momo Inc - this will also be on for the whole duration of the Festival and opens at 11 am daily.

It is a mobile museum, about the people of Fremantle and their pockets.

The museum sets up on the streets and public places of Fremantle and shows a series of moving temporary exhibitions. Each exhibition is hosted by museum curator and invites people to showcase the contents of their pockets. Photos will be taken to capture the cultural objects within the humble pocket and exhibit them to the world!

* Pioneers Luncheon - this will be on 25th at 11.30 am at the Fremantle Town Hall and is the 89th annual Pioneers' Luncheon, a celebration of the pioneers of Fremantle. You can find out more here.

* Opening Night Dinner: Scandal in the Court House - This will be on at 6.30 pm at the Courthouse and is inspired by colourful stories from nineteenth-century Fremantle. It is a murder mystery dinner and you can find out more here.

Opening night with long table dinner

* Fremantle Walking Tours - this is on several days at 2.00 pm, Meet outside Fremantle Visitors Centre.

On this 2-hour walking tour you will explore the Fremantle culture through conversations with long-standing Fremantle makers, to the up and coming creators and the businesses supporting both. You can find out more here.

Learn about the people on this walking tour

* SKIN SIN: An exhibition of Australian Tattoo history from the Unseen Collection of Ricky Luder - This will be on several days at 5 pm at the Fremantle Prison.

Skin Sin tells the history of tattooing skin in Fremantle, from convict times through to the 1980's. This history includes the illicit work done by prisoners of Fremantle Prison, such as well-known local tattoo artist Bobby Thornton. Go to this site to find out more.

* Louise Snook: Felting 3D Forms - this is on 27th from 9 am till 12 noon.

Learn about felting, design, felt and stuff a creature, object or toy. Cost is $50 and bookings are essential and you can see more here.

* Arthur Grady Display and Classic Car Show - this will be on 27th from 10 am until 3 pm at the Maritime Museum.

In1924, bicycle maker Arthur Grady became the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia. Join other motor enthusiasts at the WA Maritime Museum to celebrate this incredible piece of local history. There will also be collectors with their veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles. Find out more here.

Classic car, bike and pram show

* A Pirate's Life - this will be on 27th at 11 am at the WA Maritime Museum.

You will hear buccaneering stories come to life through pirate myth busting, interactive pirate challenges, shipmate skills and general skulduggery in the special edition of Pirate Mania. Learn more about this event here.

Ahoy there ye matees - pirates!

* National Hotel - History Tour - this will be on 28th at 11 am, and several other dates at the National Hotel.

It will be a fascinating tour of the National Hotel which was built in the late 1800's and almost completely devastated by a fire in 2007.

The tour finishes with a visit to the breathtaking rooftop, with 360-degree views over Fremantle, and you can stay for a meal and drink for just $20. You can find out more here.

* Fremantle's Lunatic Asylum, 18581908 - this will be on 1st June at 10.30 am at the Fremantle Hotel.

At this fascinating event, you will hear the astonishing patient records of the asylum, and Alexandra Wallis will reveal acceptable and unacceptable behaviours of women in nineteenth-century Fremantle. You can find out more here.

There are heaps more events for this Festival - too many to mention actually, and you can see the full list, plus explanations and photos at this website.
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Why? For a week long Heritage festival of events
When: 25th May to 4th June, 2018
Where: In and around the streets of Fremantle
Cost: FREE - see article
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