Events galore in Fremantle celebration


Emma Vo (Hena Fairy), Michael Boase, Sam Hughes with Alice Franzen 4, Marissa Verma and Sacha Ogilvie, Bec Lilly (Fairy Godmother) and Yamina Hofer-Boase.
Emma Vo (Hena Fairy), Michael Boase, Sam Hughes with Alice Franzen 4, Marissa Verma and Sacha Ogilvie, Bec Lilly (Fairy Godmother) and Yamina Hofer-Boase.

There’s plenty happening in Fremantle between Thursday and Sunday. Here are two of the biggest events.

One Day in Fremantle

BIG named Australian musicians John Butler, Dan Sultan and Mama Kin will headline the City of Fremantle’s celebration of music, culture and conversation this Saturday.

Combining the musical talents of the three artists with a range of family friendly workshops, activities, food trucks and a welcome to country, the culturally inclusive celebration has something for everyone to enjoy.

Stallholder and Miniature book maker Samantha Hughes said they were excited to be involved in the new event.

“We are looking forward to making art with families,” she said.

“We will be creating mini books with kids who can write, illustrate and publish their own stories with us.

“The event will be fun and a great way for everyone to celebrate being a part of our amazing Fremantle community.”

Fairy Cherish from the Freedom Fairies, who are also involved, said the event “encompassed a diverse expression of what it means to be Australian.”

“There are so many awesome activities to participate in, it’s a real feast for the imagination with such a culturally diverse selection of activities to participate in,” she said.

One Day in Fremantle is on January 28.

Visit www.fremantlestory.com.au for more information.

Freo Fiesta

FREMANTLE will go bang, literally in the case of Thursday night, with an extended Australia Day celebration dubbed the Freo Fiesta.

Fremantle BID and the Fishing Boat Harbour Traders Association have combined family fun, markets, children’s activities, music and art on the four-day Freo Fiesta agenda, complete with a fireworks display on Australia Day night from 8pm.

Among the attractions is an antique carousel, returning to the harbour it once called home between 1957 and 1959.

Made in the late 1800s, the carousel’s age restricts it to only operating once a year at the Perth Royal Show, with former Royal Agricultural Society chief executive Martin Maloney thanking the owner for bringing it back to Fremantle.

“I would like to thank Robert Crowley for allowing the carousel to come to the four day Fremantle festival, it is very rare that it leaves its storage area due to both the cost to transport and erect and also the wear and tear that travel causes on something which is over 120 years old,” he said.

“I know the carousel will attract tourists and locals for a once in a lifetime sentimental photo opportunity.”

The Freo Fiesta is on from January 26 to 29.

Visit www.fremantlebid.com for a full program.