Arts festival promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears

The Waterlicht installation. Picture: Studio Roosegaarde
The Waterlicht installation. Picture: Studio Roosegaarde

ESPLANADE Park in Fremantle will be flooded with blue light as part of a massive arts festival in November.

The second edition of the Fremantle Biennale was launched today at the WA Maritime Museum, with this year’s theme of Undercurrent 19.

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde will use cascading waves of blue light to simulate the rising water levels and there will be accompanying audio from traditional custodians, prominent civic figures, historians and artists as part of the installation called Waterlict.

The festival will run from November 1-24 and include 15 new commissions including large-scale artworks, installations, performances and group exhibitions around Fremantle.

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It is the second incarnation of the festival after High Tide ran for two weeks last November.

Artistic director Tom Muller said the organisers encouraged people to take photos of the art installations and share it on social media.

“They are giving their point of views, their snapshot and their take on it,” he said,

“We encourage people to share through Instagram collectively for the ones who can’t make it.”

The Fremantle Biennale artists. Picture: Rebecca Mansell

Muller said the organisers had a long-term vision for the festival and wanted to position it as a key player on the cultural scene.

“We want to continue to commission high-end, artists and create mentorship between international and local artists and it’s about making sure we have a long-lasting legacy of cultural inquiry into the landscape of Fremantle and beyond.”

The full program can be viewed at here.