Water goddesses to headline WonderRealm Bassendean Fringe festival hub

Amelia Lassetter (WonderRealm Water Goddesses), Sarah Green (Kaleido Company - Vaudevillage), Monique Vaughan (Rio Vida - Brazilian Samba Dancers) and Jessica Bell (WonderRealm Water Goddesses). Picture: David Baylis d490593
Amelia Lassetter (WonderRealm Water Goddesses), Sarah Green (Kaleido Company - Vaudevillage), Monique Vaughan (Rio Vida - Brazilian Samba Dancers) and Jessica Bell (WonderRealm Water Goddesses). Picture: David Baylis d490593

WATER goddesses will dazzle their way through a 12m-long water tank as part of WonderRealm Bassendean – the suburb’s first Fringe World Festival hub next weekend.

The hub will feature performances, food vendors and activities from across the world from February 15 to 17.

Performances include water goddesses, a lion dance and kung fu demonstration from Chung Wah Association, fire artists, salsa dancers and CanCan dances.

A disco show, called Ode to Mirror Ball, will be held every night with hits from the late 1960s and early 70s.

There will be areas reflecting prominent cultures in WA such as Old China Town, Little Italy, Bollywood, Oceania and the French and Latin quarters.

Old Perth Road will be blocked off to Hamilton Street during the festival.

Director and Bassendean resident Nella Fitzgerald said she hoped to see more than 20,000 people attend and “experience the magic”.

“It is amazing because people are coming together like Chung Wah lion dances,” she said.

“I do a lot of big events in Fremantle, the art gallery and the WA Maritime Museum but to have it in my own home ground is very special to me.

“I want to show the love I have for my community.”

She thanked principal event partner Town of Bassendean, artists and volunteers for helping her organise the hub over 18 months.

“This is the beginning and we will like to expand every year and make it bigger,” she said.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: WonderRealm Bassendean Fringe World Festival

Where: Old Perth Road and James Street, Bassendean

When: Friday, February 15 from 4.30pm to 10pm, Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17 from noon to 10pm

For information, visit the WonderRealm Bassendean Facebook page.