10 Great things to do in Fremantle this week

1. Short Course: Tune in to Social Media

Social media is the new medium that small businesses must get a handle on in order to survive. The question of what platform to use, what to say and how often – these are common questions facing small business owners.

Marketing guru Samantha Reece will be running this informative session designed to help you understand what platforms will deliver you the best promotion for your business.

Samantha Reece has over 25 years’ experience in marketing, having operated her own marketing consultancy for 12 years. In her career, Samantha has coached and advised national teams such as Leading Edge, Fuji Film and Retravision as well as numerous independent operators. She specialises in workshops dealing with sales success, customer service, social media and business culture. 

Wednesday 19 September 9:30 – 11:30am
Cost: $18.41

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Business Station Fremantle
21A Pakenham Street

2. Exhibition Dark Swan: Visual Art

An exhibition of Romanticism by contemporary visual artists – examining the real and imagined history, landscape, architecture and characters of Western Australia through art, film, costume and performance.

Interest in the Romantic Gothic is piqued in 2018 due to the 200th Anniversary of the seminal gothic novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, written in 1818.  Shelley grew up in England as a sibling of Henry Willey Revelly, the architect of the Round House in Fremantle and early Swan Colonist.  The pair grew up in an environment of the most significant philosophers, poets and intellectual liberalism of the Romantic Period, indicating the extraordinary influences and ideas that may have been present in the minds of the earliest colonists of WA.

Cutting edge and award-winning artists interpret WA’s brutal history of convict era penal colony and pioneering era of survival against all odds, unearthing Gothic/Romantic tales, bizarre characters and ghost stories from the Swan Colonies early years of establishment…

The four-week long program, in the moody interior of heritage-listed PS Art Space in Fremantle, provides a strong conceptual and atmospheric experience where performance, music, costume, visual arts and films are paced throughout the duration of the exhibition.  Local characters, “ghosts” such as Moondyne Joe are brought to life, as are imaginings of local convict-era architecture; the Fremantle Prison, Roundhouse and patients at the Lunatic Asylum (Fremantle Arts Centre).

Curator and former Fremantle fashion designer, Kelsey Ashe Giambazi, after recently completing her PhD thesis in Art and the History of Dress at Curtin University, has bought together 10 visionary artists that share an interest in the Swan Colonies early years of establishment.

In a new shift toward the world of art, WA fashion design icon Ray Costarella will exhibit one of his Victoriana inspired gowns and demi-Couture designer Kristie Rowe will also be exhibiting her unique approach to sculptural and painted art forms in Dark Swan.

Award winning photographers Eva Fernandez, Anna Nazzari and Rebecca Dagnall’s new work will be on display, as will new paintings from Fran Rhodes, Sheree Dornan, Ben Crappsley. Favourite Fremantle artist Ross Potter will also be unveiling his newest large-scale graphite drawing.

Tuesday 18 through 22 September
10:00 – 4:00pm
Free Event

Suitable for All

PS Art Space
22 Pakenham Street

3. Singing Workshops: Walyalup Kannajil in Noongar Language

Join us for a series of community singing workshops in Fremantle where you will learn a range of Aboriginal songs in Noongar and English. All backgrounds and abilities welcome!

Workshops facilitated by talented musicians from Aboriginal choir, Madjitil Moorna: Kobi Morrison and Leonie Wilkes, with special guest Aunty Josie Wowolla Boyle.

Wednesday 20 September 12:30 – 2:30pm
Cost: $10 or $5 (unwaged) – Includes afternoon tea

To Book contact Susie 0410 373 854 or Susie_waller@icloud.com

PCYC Hilton
34 Paget Street

4. The Antarctica Experience: A Virtual Reality Adventure

This is Antarctica as you’ve never seen it before! Spend a day in the life of Antarctic scientists as they research this mysterious region and the effects of climate change.

This is the first documentary of its kind, filmed in Antarctica in spectacular 360 degrees with 4K high resolution images.

This is the closest experience you can get without actually travelling there! See Antarctica from a helicopter cockpit! Walk amongst penguins in their natural habitat; Take a Zodiac tour of Antarctica bays; View the Southern Lights in high definition!

Now through 14 October 6:30 – 8:00pm

Bookings and Information Here

WA Maritime Museum

5. Music: C.W Stoneking, Abbe May, Carla Geneve

Rock Rover is a collaboration between local culture creators Cool Perth Nights and the grassroots legends at South Fremantle Football Club.

Welcome the mysterious travelling bluesman CW Stoneking! He is the embodiment of what some would say is a bygone era of music. From his rasping jungle-rock-blues, to his well-oiled locks, and his familiar all white clothing ensemble, he has converted fans across the world to his unique style.  A first generation Australian of American-descent, C.W. Stoneking was born in the top end of Australia’s Northern Territory and spent his childhood growing up in Central Australia, Sydney and rural Victoria. He has travelled the world from Egypt to New Orleans (where he worked as a hoodoo doctor’s assistant) to Trinidad, where he learned about Calypso music.

Abbe May continues to surprise and delight as one of Perth’s most versatile artists. Carla Geneve is the perfect sound to accompany her.

Friday 21 September 8:00pm
Cost: $45

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Suitable for 18+
South Fremantle Football Club
Cnr William and Parry Streets
South Fremantle

6. Art Opening: Woven From Straw

Woven from Straw by Theo Koning appears alongside Systematic Intuition by Gert Handschin in this double exhibition from these Artsource Fremantle and Basel Residency Exchange artists.

They present their complementary series of complex works resulting from seemingly simple interventions.

Thursday 20 September 11:00am – 5:00pm
Free Event
Artsource Old Customs House
8 Phillimore Street

7. Fremantle Comedy Factor

Every Thursday night, the Sail and Anchor is transformed into Fremantle’s favourite comedy night, the Fremantle Comedy Factory.

Each week a showcase of Perth’s freshest, funniest, and unrelenting comics make you laugh and cry. Expect nothing but hilarity with a rotating line up of national and international acts.

The $15 Special: steak, chips, salad, and pints (available while supplies last) is on every Thursday night.

Thursday 20 September 7:30 – 10:00pm
Suitable for 18+
Sail and Anchor Hotel
1 Finnerty Street

8. School Holidays Begin!

Take the Navigate! trail and find your way around our Museum, making grand discoveries along the way. Learn about the points of the compass.

Craft a boxed compass to point the way and play the Great Trade Race Game to find your way around the world. See if you can navigate on a moving ship with our touch table of nautical instruments. It’s loads of fun!

Starts Saturday 22 September 10:00am – 2:00pm

Free Event
WA Shipwrecks Museum
45 Cliff Street

9. Puppet Show: The Night Zoo

Jamie lives in a concrete jungle, a fast-paced and busy city. From her window high above the city Jamie dreams of making friends with animals, but Mum and Dad won’t let her have a pet in the apartment.

Tonight, her dreams will take her on a one-of-a-kind visit to the zoo, where she discovers the remarkable joy an animal can bring into her life. The Night Zoo explores the special connection between humans and animals and the importance of caring for another living thing.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 10:00am and 1:00pm
Cost: $25
Suitable for Children 3 years+

Bookings: www.sppt.asn.au or call 93335 5044

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
Market Street

10. Wildflower Walk

Our annual wildflower walk for spring! It’s an easy walk – so all can join in!

Join us for a wander through Samson Park, and you might spot donkey orchids, pink fairy and cowslip orchids!

Sunday 23 September 10:00am
Free Event
Suitable for All

Samson Park

Sellenger Avenue & Bradbury Way