Invisible Cities Fremantle, a participatory art project exploring relationships between people and place, was unveiled in Fremantle last week. Based around an app that triggers audio at locations on a virtual map, this fascinating ‘auditory treasure hunt’ invites people to hear stories about the significant, poignant, everyday or unusual relationships people have with their special places in Fremantle.

From escapee chooks running down Essex St to children ‘fishing for tourists’ from the rooftops of Cliff St during the America’s Cup or a chaotic recollection of a boating trip up the Swan gone wrong, this engaging and interactive app shines a new light on our idea of Fremantle old and new.

The artist and human ecologist behind Invisible Cities, Asha Bee Abraham, has gathered 10 stories in time for the launch of the app on 26 May, however her hunt is ongoing. Participants are invited to contribute new stories for the rest of the year, with the project launching as part of the City of Fremantle’s Heritage Festival and concluding in late 2017.

Bee Abraham has previously presented Invisible Cities in the City of Melbourne where it was lauded by The Age for the breadth of stories gathered, from “joyous and sad” to “poignant and funny”. The WA iteration of Invisible Cities is being supported by the City of Fremantle and Department of Culture and the Arts, who identified Fremantle’s rich, complex and multi-layered past as the perfect platform for this innovative project.

Bee Abraham says “hearing a story about a place, whether it’s from a friend or a stranger, adds a layer to our own story of that place and strengthens our relationship with it. I hope Invisible Cities encourages listeners to reflect on the places that hold their own stories, and makes them wonder about the stories of the strangers we pass on the streets and the multitudes of stories held in the streets and buildings around us.”

The free Invisible Cities mobile app is available for iPhone and Android from Users can look for Story Site plaques around Fremantle and hear stories told by people who live, work, play and pass through the city. People wanting to submit memories and stories can do so at


Artwalk Freo 2017

This weekend Artwalk Freo invites the public into the homes and studios of a group of recognised WA artists to see where the magic happens!

Come hail or shine this May, an independent group of professional artists in Fremantle and White Gum Valley will come together to open their home studios to the public for the third biennial Artwalk Freo for one weekend only.

If you have ever wondered HOW a highly creative person thinks, WHAT triggers their inspiration, WHERE the drive comes from, WHY they are compelled to express themselves in their own unique way, then the weekend of the 27 – 28 May, Artwalk Freo should be #1 on your to-do list!

Join us and view the home studios of Annette Seeman and John Teschendorff, Eveline Kotai, Ian de Souza, Trevor Richards, Penny Bovell, Jo Darbyshire and Michael Knight. Visiting their studios and experiencing how their living space relates to their art offers insight into the creative process.

27 – 28 may 2017  open 10am – 4pm daily

Also as part of Artwalk will be Snooker Boys 3 (see below)

Hidden Treasure Winter Music Festival Returns

Fremantle’s Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series returns this July with a mix of ripe new bands, well-seasoned cult heroes, perfectly-cured venues and… a musical tram.

For the past six years the City of Fremantle has presented Hidden Treasures, which has given WA music fans a rare peak inside the tucked away, incredibly evocative old venues that dot Fremantle’s West End such as the Buffalo and Navy Clubs.

Now a staple of the local music calendar, ‘Treasures has developed a reputation as a taste-making showcase of WA’s hottest young acts while also celebrating specially-reformed cult bands from the state’s rich musical past. It’s the unusual audience this creates – crusty rock dogs rubbing shoulders with 19 year-old hipsters – that makes Hidden Treasures such an unpredictable delight.

The unearthed treasures sailing into the Navy Club this year are particularly exciting. In week one Wayne Green & The Phantoms, sweaty ‘70s sungods of the Scarborough Beach Hotel, reform to play a one-in-a-blue-moon Freo engagement. Likewise, surf titans The Neptunes resurface from Atlantis to play a 30th Anniversary show. Elsewhere cult psychobilly quintet Automasters restart their well-primed engine but not before we drag one of Australia’s most accomplished ‘sidemen’ – two time Grammy-award winning pedal steel player Lucky Oceans – to finally take centre stage in a career retrospective entitled ‘Lucky Oceans & Friends’.

But Hidden Treasures is no rose-tinted walk down memory lane! This year The Orient, Buffalo Club, National Hotel and Packenham Street Art Space (PSAS) have been programmed as the ultimate, up-to-the-minute WA playlist on shuffle. Swampy noir rockers Rag N Bone, country connoisseurs Ralway Bell, songwriting savants The Chlorines, nu-jazz cats Grievous Bodily Calm, soul upstarts Demon Days and reggae believers Crucial Rockers are just some of the highlights of this four-week local love in.

In 2017 Hidden Treasures will also welcome its first ever roving, ever-changing, venue – the Fremantle Tram. The local tourist shuttle will regularly pick up punters before stopping at picturesque locations such as the North Mole Lighthouse for stripped-back acoustic concerts by artists including Lucy Peach, Timothy Nelson and Steve Parkin.

The good times will also continue at the National Hotel with our ever-popular ‘Freonality’ Afterparty DJ Sets where guest DJs include ex-Docker Peter Bell, , Koi Child DJs and Lucky Oceans. I will also be dusting off my  record collection for a DJ set at The National and taking part in this celebration of WA music.

I love the way Hidden Treasures draws together such a diverse range of music lovers from all over Western Australia. Veteran music fans are exposed to brand new acts and younger punters get to experience the local heroes of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. This community-building element alone makes Hidden Treasures an incredibly valuable part of Fremantle’s cultural calendar.


Tickets to Hidden Treasures are $20 on the night only. Tickets gain you entry to all venues: The Navy Club, Buffalo Club, Packenham St Art Space, The Orient and National Hotel. Hidden Treasures runs from 7:30pm-midnight on July 6, 13, 20 & 27

For the full line-up and timetable head to

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Fremantle International Street Arts Festival 2017 was our biggest one yet.

Some fact and figures just released show that this year’s Fremantle International Street Arts Festival was our most successful year to date in terms of audience engagement, quality of programming and economic benefit:

  • The 2017 Fremantle International Street Arts Festival (FISAF) had an estimated attendance of 150,000 people (up from 110,000 in 2016).
  • It was the busiest Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Fremantle since the City of Fremantle ‘s Economic Development and Marketing team have been keeping records.
  • Audience comprised 6% overseas, 6% interstate, 7% regional, 47% Perth, 34% Fremantle and surrounding suburbs.
  • Over 25 Fremantle businesses extended into the street closure (either with extended trading areas, extended liquor license areas or market stalls). Fremantle International Street Arts Festival collaborated with the Fremantle Business Improvement District (BID) to deliver the West End Weekender which included market stalls, an Easter food market and entertainment.
  • The State Government Culture Counts survey results show average spend was $73 per person, with an estimated $7,000,000 + going in to the local economy.
  • Over 150 individual performances took place over the five days with acts coming from Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Japan, Belgium, Spain, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Sweden.
  • 760 people attended Opening Night in the beautiful grounds of Fremantle Arts Centre and 210 people attended a ticketed cabaret event on Sunday night in the Town Hall.

Well done to all involved!


The 2017 25 under 25 Art Award is now open for entries!

Young WA artists aged 14-25 are invited to enter their most exciting, accomplished and imaginative artworks.

Be in the running to win $1500 cash, plus loads of other prizes including $500 cash, an artist residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre and a portfolio mentorship.

It’s free to enter so you’ve got nothing to lose!
Get your entries in before midnight on Sunday May 14.
Full details at

Hilton Winter Film Festival

From one great Freo festival to the next…

The inaugural Hilton Winter Film Festival showcases award-winning international documentaries from around the world right in the heart of Fremantle’s ‘garden suburb’.

For four Fridays this winter (21st of April until the 12th of May)  Hilton’s Progress Hall will screen films that will delight, inspire and provoke questions about life, and how we live, on this planet.

Three of the screenings filmed in the most remote and beautiful locations will be West Australian premieres.

Book your free tickets now, click here!

Bar and cinema snacks available.

“Freo arts festival proves to be the best, by streets”

It has been great to see the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival embraced by one and all the last few days. A big thanks to Katherine, Pete, Brendan, Amy and the rest of the City of Fremantle team for making this so great once again.

Today is the last day, so get down to Fremantle and enjoy!