Massive program welcomes return of Fremantle Festival


22 pillars, a spoken word performance piece in High Tide.
Massive program welcomes return of Fremantle Festival
Massive program welcomes return of Fremantle Festival
Massive program welcomes return of Fremantle Festival
22 pillars, a spoken word performance piece in High Tide.

THE Fremantle Festival is back and the tide has washed in one of the biggest programs the event has ever seen.

Inaugural art biennale High Tide will headline this year’s festival, with Swiss artist Felice Varini’s transformation of High Street leading the bill.

More than 30 local and international artists including Ross Potter, Jacobus Capone and Jo Darbyshire will also be involved, taking over venues such as the Round House, Port Authority Building, PS Art Space, Maritime Museum and J Shed with their artistic projects.

High Tide curator Tom Muller said planning for the event began two years ago and they were excited to see it come to fruition.

“The curators personally sourced the artists who were then given a brief about the premise of High Tide. It needed to address the allocated site and be a conversation about place,” he said.

“There are over 32 works to be experienced and some personal highlights include Jessee Lee Johns’ Commonwealth of New Bayswater, 22 Pillars and Domenico de Clario’s all night piano forte performance.

“High Tide is its own festival, a true contemporary arts biennale which uses the Fremantle Festival as a launching pad for future embodiments.”

City of Fremantle festivals coordinator Kathryn Taylor said this year’s bumped Fremantle Festival line-up also included the return of the family friendly Children’s Fiesta and Wardarnji, as well as a long line up of comedy, fashion, music, drama and community events.

“We have a team who carefully curates Fremantle Festival based on a range of criteria and we think the final program is extraordinarily exciting and genuinely offers something for everyone,” she said.

“Fremantle Festival is a major celebration of Fremantle, its people and culture.

The Fremantle Festival runs from October 27 to November 5, with High Tide continuing until November 12.

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

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