Falls Festival to take over Fremantle in 2017

Falls Festival is coming to downtown Freo! Here is how WA Today wrote it up today:


Erika Vass June 30 2016
… the heart of Fremantle is set to burst back into life with the Falls Music Festival set to make its way west for the first time.

The Falls Festival has been a staple on the east coast for the last 23 years, but it has never made its way across the Nullarbor, until now.
As well as the Myer Building – which currently houses some pop-up shops on the first floor – the Town Hall and the St John’s Anglican Church will also host some of the best local, national and international artists, as well as creative food, performance art and much more over two days in January.

National event producer Paul Piticco said the music festival in Fremantle, dubbed “Falls Downtown” would “flood the streets and forgotten buildings” of the port city.

He said adding Fremantle to the Falls list would add to the rustic and unique feel of the festival.

“The Falls festival’s locations is known for its similar DNA of a laid back, green grassed, beached location feel,” he said.

“However, when we saw Fremantle as a potential location, we fell in love with the urban environment and we’ve wanted to branch out into the Western Australian entertainment market.”

“Fremantle City council suggested to us various locations the Falls Festival could potential set up the venues. We have a new intention of exploring the urban, abandoned walls to indulge the patrons and performers.”

Fremantle is slowly becoming the festival capital of Australia, with the West Coast Blues and Roots and the St Jerome Laneway festivals held in the port city each year.

Mr Piticco was urging music promoters to invest in local and national festivals with many of them struggling to stay afloat over the last few years.

“Over the last couple of years, we have seen a dramatic drop of festivals, whether the festivals move overseas or diminish altogether,” Piticco said.

“We believe that it is the right time to challenge the music and arts industry in Western Australia as the people there are committed to support upcoming and established acts.”

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the city expected more than 16,000 music-goers to pour into the port city during the two-day festival.

“Not only will it be fantastic for the activation of the Freo centre of town (as the festivals will have pass outs which is great for Fremantle business) but it will further reinforce Freo as one of the festival capitals of Australia,” he said.

“Rooftop Glamping on top of the former-Myer building will be a once in a life time opportunity.”

The line up for Falls Downtown which will run in Fremantle on January 7 and 8 is expected be announced in August.

– with Brendan Foster


The Extraordinary Historical Panoramas of Perth and Freo

I recently attended the launch of the very impressive  Historical Panoramas Virtual Tour Website at the Curtin University HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch)

The Historical Panoramas project (which was also part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival) is a collaboration between the State Library of Western Australia and the Curtin University HIVE.  It showcases panoramas of Perth and Fremantle from the State Library’s collection dating as far back as the 1860s.

By juxtaposing historical panoramas with a modern view from the same location it is possible to explore the development of the two cities over a period of more than 150 years.

If you can’t make it out to Curtin, their website – http://historicalpanoramas.com.au/ – is well worth an exploring with ten panorama locations and see the huge amount of change and some items that have remained the same as Perth and Fremantle have developed.

Here is a glimpse via my iPhone of the one from Cantoment Hill in which the new rail bridge is still under construction . The site is far better quality.

Freo’s community gardens, turning vacant space into suburban farms.

Great to see the White Gum Valley Orchard and North Freo’s Growing Change used as case studies on how to make community gardens work on Today Tonight. Well A great feature on some of Freo’s community gardens led by passionate members of our local community!

The video for it is on Facebook at:


Freo Winter Festival is back

Last night I got a sneak peak at the Winter Festival at the Esplanade in Freo that opens today and it looks fantastic.

For the next 24 days there is a 600 square metre Ice Rink with falling snow, the new real ice toboggan ride, pop up inflatable rides, snow fairies, local food vendors serving from their winter cabins and the wonderful National Hotel bar.

This event drew thousands of people to Freo last years port city alive from all over Western Australia.

Well done the Fremantle BID, Freo businesses, and City of Fremantle staff for pulling this together once again.

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Community Planting in Booyeembara Park tomorrow

It’s been a long time since the community has been able to get down and dirty and planting in Booyeembara Park! But this Saturday, we have 3,000 plants to put in the ground – part of 27,000 new plants and trees to be planted this year. So grab your gardening gloves and come along to the much-awaited Community Planting Day at Boo Park! Details below 


Fremantle RSL Wins Two Awards

Congratualtions to the hardworking chaps at Freo RSL who one a few key awards in recognition of their work in rebuilding the Fremantle Branch,

So, as you may have seen in the Freo Herald today, the Wyola Club is no more  but the Freo RSL is a separate organisation that is growing and going form strength to strength.



$150k for Aboriginal art centres in Freo

Well done the Fremantle Arts Centre for being one of the Aboriginal art centres have been awarded funding  through the Creative Regions Program.

FAC ‘s $150,000 will, on behalf of Martumili Artists, Mangkaja Arts, Warakurna Artists and Papulankutja Artists, go to the In Cahoots artist residency, skills exchange and collaborative arts project which will culminate in a major exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

This is a great partnership and it might be the first time we have seen the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program fund projects in Freo 🙂

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