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)

50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum

The City of Fremantle is collaborating with Urban Indigenous to present a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. For more information check out…

America’s Cup 30th Anniversary Dinner

It is extraordinary to think that 30 years has passed since Fremantle’s defense of the America’s Cup. As part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival, there will a special event to mark this momentous event, that changed Fremantle and indeed, the entire Perth region forever. It will be a night of yachting fun and history at the WA Maritime Museum.

As part of a collaboration between The National Hotel and the WA Maritime Museum, speakers will include:

  • Brian Burke (1987 WA Premier),
  • John Longley (Australia II crew member and Bond team representative),
  • Peter Gilmour (Kookaburra III starting helmsman and tactician, WA sportsman of the year 1987) and more to be announced.

Tickets include: Three course dinner, wine and drinks and a live band and dancing to the finest hits of the eighties featuring “Some Like it Yacht”.

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!



Jane’s Walks are free, citizen-led walking tours where locals get together to explore and talk about their neighbourhoods and they celebrate the approach of Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) who was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building.

The walking tours are part of the annual Jane’s Walk movement of free citizen-led walking tours. In 2016, Jane’s Walks took place across 6 continents, 36 countries, 210 cities, in the form of over 1000 walks. This year the walks will be happening from the Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rio, Mumbai, Perth and Freo!

Fremantle – Peter Newman (May 7 9:30am – Meet front of Bathers Beach Cafe)

Delve into the great activist stories that have shaped Freo’s culture, buildings, public spaces and strong stance for people over cars. Join Peter Newman for a free Sunday morning stroll where we’ll learn more about the community that makes Freo such a special place! You’ll be encouraged to add your stories and observations of life as a resident, worker or visitor as we reflect on life in our progressive patch, and how the active community here inspires other parts of Perth.

South Fremantle – David Snyder (May 13 10:00am – Meet front of Galati & Sons)

Take some time out to discover the local stories of South Freo! Meet at Galati & Sons and learn about the cultural history of Wray Ave. Share your local experiences and hear about the hidden stories in our neighbourhood. We will complete our free walking tour with some wise words about our exciting South Freo from the legends behind ‘The Local Hotel’.


There are others in South Perth, Inglewood, West Leederville and Beechboro too.

Websites – or



Fremantle Heritage Festival 2017 – 30 years on from the America’s Cup Defence

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.