It’s time to get ready for Fremantle Festival, the annual 10-day celebration of Freo’s vibrant artistic culture. With a brilliant array of ticketed and free events held at Fremantle Town Hall and selected key venues, the festival will showcase an inspirational array of music, theatre, street performers, speakers and entertainment. Read on to find out what should be in your Fremantle Festival plan.
Festival favourites back in 2016
One of the festival’s traditional highlights is the Wardarnji aboriginal cultural celebration. This free event will kick off the festival with a unique celebration of indigenous culture. Bring a rug or your best picnic chairs, and grab your spot to experience the dynamic Nyoongar dancing, singing and storytelling at Fremantle Arts Centre on 28 October.
Looking for some festival fun for the little ones? The Children’s Fiesta is a free event that will be held on 5 November at Sir Frederick Samson Park. Aimed to entertain and delight children under 12, the Children’s Fiesta celebrates the birds that live in the park. Kids can become a life-sized bird and join in the Make-Believe Bird Parade, take part in the classic art of bird watching, or sit back and listen as Olman Walley tells classic stories to what is sure to be a captivated audience.
The famous Street Parade is the climax of the festival. Anyone can join in, so you can register your sports team, school, or community group to take part. Show off your artistic skills by contributing to the chalk drawings along the parade route, or just watch the parade pass by and soak in the celebration of all things Freo. The parade route will include High Street, South Terrace, and Henderson Street to Kings Square, and it starts at 4pm on 6 November. We recommend you get there early to nab a top spot.
Hear from Australia’s most fascinating speakers
Look out for tickets to hear from Waleed Aly, popular broadcaster, author, comedian, musician, and co-host of The Project. He writes and speaks about current social issues, and you’ll soon see why he’s just won a gold Logie. He’s extraordinary, articulate, and has his finger right on the pulse of the nation. Check out his festival keynote address at Fremantle Town Hall on 29 October.
Clementine Ford, Australia’s brightest feminist writer, will be speaking at Fremantle Town Hall on 1 November. Ford will discuss her new book ‘Fight Like a Girl’, a tale of how one woman fought back against her online abusers. Don’t miss this important conversation.
Music for the soul
Bernard Fanning, former front man of Powderfinger and one of Australia’s favourite songwriters, will be performing solo at the Fremantle Arts Centre on 29 October. Celebrating the release of his third studio LP, Civil Dusk, Fanning will be showcasing his latest songs, plus digging out some old favorites’ from his 25-year music career.
CW Stoneking is a blues icon, famous for his authentic rhythms. The singer songwriter has released three albums and will treat fans to what is sure to be a smooth performance at the Fremantle Town Hall on 28 October.
Perth’s very own homegrown band The Drones will tear up the Town Hall on 3 November. Following the release of the seventh studio album, Feelin Kinda Free, The Drones will be cranking out their signature blend of experimental rock and punk blues.
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