April 26, 2017 Leave a comment
This year’s Fremantle Heritage Festival celebrates those who have created history and along the way made a lasting contribution to what Fremantle is today. Some of these contributions were planned, some accidental, but all worth reflecting on.
This year we will have a special focus on one of the biggest contributions to Fremantle’s modern history – the America’s Cup Defence of 1987.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Fremantle took its place on the world stage to host the most prestigious sailing race of them all. Our port city underwent major redevelopment in the lead-up to the Cup in anticipation of the world’s media attention and influx of spectators.
Paying homage to the legendary race as part of this year’s festival, the National Hotel is teaming up with the WA Maritime Museum to present America’s Cup Defence 30th Anniversary Dinner – a night of tall tales, dinner and dancing at the WA Maritime Museum.
The WA Maritime Museum is also inviting people to share your photos from the event 30 years ago.
Fremantle’s legendary West End is again a huge focal point for the festival. Since the last Fremantle Heritage Festival, the entire West End has been included in the State Register of Heritage Places. This is a fantastic achievement which ensures Fremantle’s heritage buildings can be enjoyed by future generations. The festival is a great time to engage with this historic precinct by taking a tour of some of the beautifully restored buildings or by listening to sea shanties in the Whalers’ Tunnel.
There is of course plenty of other ways to engage with Fremantle’s heritage as part of the festival, from a murder mystery dinner at the Esplanade Hotel to a quiz about the history of beer at Little Creatures, classic rock and reggae bands at Mojo’s and an even an alternative history bike tour with me called Demolished and Unbuilt. As always there’s something for everyone.
Programs are out, so come along and help us make history while celebrating all we love about Fremantle past and present – May 26 to June 5.