BRILLIANT. HOME. A new group exhibition at Moores Gallery

This Friday the 24th of  March sometime after 6pm I will be speaking at the opening of a new group exhibition at Moore’s Gallery, Fremantle called BRILLIANT. HOME.

BRILLIANT. HOME showcases new works from multi-disciplinary established and emerging artists and makers who have a cultural connection with Fremantle. The show is the inaugural exhibition in an intended annual series, which will see a new curatorial theme explored each year.

Included among the range of artists will be Eric Dawg’s work which will be hanging alongside new pieces from Hangdog and many others. The reason I picked out  these two is I recently came across this rather amusing art blog http://hangdogart.com.au/guest-street-artist-eric-dawg/  in which Eric’s work is featured.

It is worth checking out and might see you at Moores Gallery to enjoy one of those things that makes Fremantle so special.  The exhibition runs until Sunday 9 April.

Sculpture at Bathers (Beach) back for 2017

Great to see Sculpture at Bathers (Beach) back again in 2017. It kicked off this weekend and once again will display of the best West Australia’s sculpture scene and story until March 12.

As the program states: “At the heart of this artist run exhibition is the overriding belief that it is important to promote and embed the works of our Western Australian artists in the consciousness of local, national and international audiences.”

It is once again a wonderful show and well worth checking out. Here are a few snaps

 

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MANY changes but staying 6160

MANY 6160  is Australia’s largest temporary space activation project (possible the largest anywhere in the world but as they say it is a bit hard to know how to measure this) .

Since Spacemarket opened it in October 2013, the former department store has become a fabulous cutting edge retail space with producers above and a gallery below.

But all good things must … well … change and evolve and MANY 6160 V1.0 is closing and moving on so the Kings Square project can get underway.

In fact this weekend (18/19) is their last in the old Myer building (check out the leaving event below) and I think you’ll agree that the project has been a huge success for Fremantle and exceeded expectations in terms of longevity and quality. The City of Fremantle has been working closely with the MANY team since the project launched and lately on their transition plan.

So the exciting news is that MANY 6160 will transition to MANY 2.0 in three other under-utilised buildings in Fremantle:

Big parts of the retail floor will be relocating to 52 Adelaide St (old-Spotlight). It will be great to see that area get some much needed reactivation.

The production floor will largely go into 45 Henderson St (the Old Police Station) and 135 Stirling Hwy (Old Matilda Bay Brewery).

I am extremely pleased to see this amazing initiative continue and evolve. MANY has been a key part of keeping Fremantle unique and creative.

The leaving party is next Friday the 24th. All welcome.

 

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“THE PREMIER FESTIVAL FOR MUSIC LOVERS” – ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL REVIEW IN X-PRESS MAG

 

X-press Mag wrote a great review of St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival which was in Fremantle last weekend. The full review is here (http://xpressmag.com.au/st-jeromes-laneway-festival-like-being-showered-in-rainbows/ ) but here are some nice excerpts celebrating our Port City’s contribution to music and beyond at a festival which had an awesome line-up of local talent including as Tame Impala, Koi Child and Nicholas Allbrook:

While Falls established itself in Perth this year, it’s safe to say Laneway is still the premier festival for music lovers, and another stellar edition over the weekend solidified its reputation.

Freo seems to be dominating the festival market lately, perhaps fittingly so, as the port city has been instrumental in putting WA on the musical map. The city’s prodigal son, Kevin Parker, returned this year – his band Tame Impala finishing up the massive Currents world tour in their home town, with a suitably triumphant festival finale.

The duo of Briggs and Trials are a winning combination, and A.B. Original provide a much-needed loud indigenous voice in Australian hip hop. They’re also a couple of damn fine rappers … and … it was obvious what they would finish with – thanking the crowd sincerely, they gave a special shout out to Freo for their support of the Change The Date movement, and how much it meant to them, before launching into January 26. To see the support and response all around; it was a special moment.

But it was all about hometown heroes Tame Impala. A huge crowd had gathered and it was a jam-packed hour-long set of their finest material… they bid us good night with New Person, Same Old Mistakes which saw a massive explosion of confetti over the crowd, that was like being showered in rainbows. A perfect and fitting end to another great Laneway.

http://xpressmag.com.au/st-jeromes-laneway-festival-like-being-showered-in-rainbows/

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FINAL FREO ROYALE SHOWS – THIS WEEK!

It’s been a great few weeks of Fringe World shows in Fremantle, and the Freo Royale team have saved some of the funniest and most entertaining for the final week.

If you haven’t made it down to Freo Royale yet, here’s their hot tips for shows at the Federal Hotel:

 

Greg Fleet – We are idiots

Feb 9-11 6.30pm, Federal Hotel

Comedy should not be giving people what they think they want, it should be giving people what they don’t know that they need yet. It should be a journey. A celebration. A trip. Come along. “One of the best comedians in the world, ever” Stewart Lee. “Excellent…Loads of presence” *****”The Scotsman “*****”The Adelaide Advertiser

Tix via: http://freoroyale.com.au/?events=greg-fleet-idiots

 

Actual Men – Back in Training

Feb 9-12 8pm, Federal Hotel

Bowley and Heggie are making a triumphant return to Perth FRINGE WORLD for the third time. This is an all new show. Half an hour of power each. Bowley: WINNER at life. Adelaide People’s Choice. “Sharp, manic, and very likeable.” Adelaide Advertiser. Heggie: WINNER SCF Director’s Choice 2015. “One of the funniest standups around.” SMH.

Tix via http://freoroyale.com.au/?events=actual-men-back-training

 

Alcohol is good for you

Feb 9-12 9.30pm, Federal Hotel

Nominated for Best Comedy at FRINGE WORLD 2016 & selling out all 23 shows at Edinburgh Fringe. Sam (NSW) has been crushing stand-up as of late. So, come join Sam for a drink and an hour of non-stop inebriated laughter.

Tix via http://freoroyale.com.au/?events=alcohol-is-good-for-you

 

Tomas Ford’s Chase

Feb 12 6.30pm Federal Hotel

Ford. Tomas Ford. A fantastic crooner by night, a terrible assassin by day. Join him as he travels the world on an epic manhunt, without realising that he just might be the one being hunted. Hilarious and nail-bitingly tense, the mission plays out over eleven killer new songs and globe-trotting visuals. **** The Scotsman

Tix via http://freoroyale.com.au/?events=tomas-fords-chase

 

For the full program, opening hours, show times, costs and more information:

www.freoroyale.com.au

www.facebook.com/freoroyale

www.instagram.com/freoroyale

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Photo credit: Jamie Fazackerley

 

 

 

FREO ROYALE: My Attempt at a Top 5.

Freo Royale is kicking off in style this Friday.  Fringe World comes to Fremantle from January 27 – February 12 2017. There will be 130 performances in 11 iconic venues across Fremantle as well as the jewel in FREO ROYALE’s crown Kings Square Common which will see the space just outside the Fremantle Town Hall transforms into the festival club for a casual drink and a bite to eat.

I have been given the difficult task of picking my Top 5 Shows. Not easy to choose but here is goes:

 

  1. GREG FLEET – WE ARE IDIOTS

9-11 Feb 2017 at 6.30pm

Federal Hotel

I have seen Greg perform few times and it is always smart, funny and unexpected. As his blurb says “Comedy should not be giving people what they think they want, it should be giving people what they don’t know that they need yet. It should be a journey. A celebration. A trip. Come along”.

http://freoroyale.com.au/?events=greg-fleet-idiots

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  1. OUT OF THE CAVE

21-25, 27-28 Jan 2017 at 8pm

The Old Roundhouse

I love the idea of using WA’s oldest public building for a performance space. Here is the blurb: ‘Out of the Cave’ is an original live theatre show which takes a raw and honest look at youth culture – the beautiful and the brutal. Devised from verbatim interviews and discussion with young people this new and innovative performance piece blends physical theatre and dramatic realism against a backdrop of high energy sound and music.

http://freoroyale.com.au/?events=out-of-the-cave&doing_wp_cron=1485237015.5092411041259765625000

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  1. UNCORKED COMEDY – WINE TASTING WITH A COMEDIAN!

29 Jan 2017 at 3pm, 11 Feb 2017 at 8pm

Fremantle Town Hall

I like good wine, I like good comedy. Combining that seems to be genius to me.

Uncorked Comedy pairs good laughs with delicious wine! Let our witty wine enthusiast take you on a voyage of the senses. It promises to be complex and even a little fruity/spicy/on-the-nose. Includes 6 tastings. “Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” — Joan Collins

http://freoroyale.com.au/?events=uncorked-comedy-wine-tasting-comedian-2

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  1. COMEDIANS VS RAPPERS

4 Feb 2017 at 9.30pm

Fremantle Town Hall

Who ever thought of this well done.  Genius in fact.

Well-known Comedians and Rap artist royalty. Going head to head in an attempt to skilfully out crazy the opposing genre, relying on nothing but quick wit and microphone mastery. This is truly the ultimate battle of the 29th Century. This could get messy and will probably end in tears, laughter or other.

http://freoroyale.com.au/?events=comedians-vs-rappers

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  1. FREO ROYALE GALA SPECTACULAR!

27-29 Jan, 2-5 Feb 2017 at 6.30pm

Fremantle Town Hall

Finally, I am a big fan of the tasting plate that is the Freo Royale Gala Spectacular. It features a sample of Fringe’s top comedy, cabaret, and live music all in one place! Bearded funny man Dave Callan and comedy legend Lawrence Mooney will be sharing the hosting duties for this must-see event. Come down early for a bite and a drink at our King’s Square pop-up bar.

http://freoroyale.com.au/?events=freo-royale-gala

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PS I am only allowed to choose five but I also have to mention Thomas Ford’s CRAP MUSIC RAVE PARTY on 11 Feb 2017 at 9.30pm at Fremantle Town Hall. It will be full of crap music but very funny.

 

 

Falls Downtown Fremantle Raises the Festival Bar

Freo has been blessed with some great music festivals from Blues and Roots, to Laneways, to Hidden Treasures. FOften estivals in the Fremantle CBD have been contested as to how much benefit they are to the city and the Fremantle community.

The Falls Festival this weekend in Fremantle I thought was an innovative new model for a Fremantle festival that I really liked. From the pass outs to the 7000-8000 extra people who came to Freo each day, to the inclusion of nearby businesses in the Festival including MANY 6160, to the clever adaption of well known CBD spaces (that aren’t the Esplanade!), I thought it was a fun model that worked both for the punters and for Freo community and businesses too.

I only got to pop in for an hour or so over the weekend but what I liked from my quick snaps below is that Kings Sq and William Street look almost unrecognisable. Well done, I think Falls Downtown Fremantle has raised the festival bar.

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