Fremantle Heritage Festival curator aims to present different side of the port city

Kathryn Taylor - Hamilton Hill (Fremantle Festival Co-ordinator). Photo: Jon Hewson
Kathryn Taylor - Hamilton Hill (Fremantle Festival Co-ordinator). Photo: Jon Hewson

GIVING a different perspective on the same city, that is what the Fremantle Heritage Festival Curator Kathryn Tayloraims to achieve.

Ms Taylor said the festival is all about people: custodians, makers and creators.

“It is about the people who have made Freo what it is today,” she said.

“Community, businesses and the city all contribute events.

“We wanted to get into the stories that inform Freo as we know Fremantle is such a unique and special place where a lot of the heritage is still intact.”

The festival will have 30 acts and runs from Friday May 25 until Monday June 4.

Ms Taylor said some of the highlights include the welcome to country, tattoo and walking tour.

“We are trying to include older history and more Indigenous programs,” she said.

“For the first time in a couple of years we are doing a welcome to country with Indigenous elder Marie Taylorand then Gina Williamsand Guy Ghouse will be sharing stories and songs in Nyoongar language.

“We will have walking tours which will take people past all the makers and creators in Fremantle.”

Another highlight is the Fish Guts and All tour which includes walking, a bus tour and a sunset involving fish net making.

Now in her second year organising, Ms Taylor said the event continues to grow.

“Next year we will be part of the Australian Heritage Festival which is a month long and run by the Australian Trust,” she said.

“It will give event holders national exposure and we will continue to support the event holders.

“I love producing festivals, I love the diversity and the celebration which a festival brings.”

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT: Fremantle Heritage Festival

WHERE: Various locations across Fremantle

WHEN: Friday May 25 to Monday June 4

INFORMATION: http://fremantlestory.com.au/

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