Well sort of.
The Fremantle Festival, under the banner of ’10 Nights In Port’, is due to give Freo people and Freo lovers near and far as much winter artistic activity in mid-July as they could possibly ask for: contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance. The Shipping News’ favourite, the fabulous Hidden Treasures, in its ninth year, becomes part of the Festival.
Start organising your friends and securing tickets, for those events that aren’t free, soon.
Here’s a rundown of the Festival highlights and dates.
Glass Houses and Green Futures
Friday 12 – Thursday 18 July – Free
Glass Houses and Green Futures is a celebration of the horticultural knowledge and passion that exists across Fremantle. Conversation and cultivation will take place in five artist-built hothouses, led by the artists and gardening enthusiasts who keep Fremantle green, growing and blossoming. The site-specific glasshouses will host public sessions in locations across Fremantle and its satellite precincts.
Feast of the Deceiver
Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 July – Ticketed
Venture into a world of ulterior motives, immersive games and luxury dining, presented by Secret Squirrel Productions. Beginning as a luscious six-course dinner in a secret central Fremantle location, Feast of the Deceiver is not all that it first appears. Take your place at a table of riddles where what’s on your plate depends not on your appetite but on keeping your wits about you.
Raku firing & hot drinks: Saturday 20 July – Free
Fired Up is a participatory community project that reflects on what can happen when one master shares their skills among many students. Join some of Fremantle’s best loved ceramicists to learn about ancient and contemporary pottery traditions and to work with clay and firing kilns. Beginning with a series of public workshops, each ceramic form will then be placed into the fire to be hardened and cured.
Thursday 11, Thursday 18 & Saturday 20 July – Ticketed
In its ninth year, Hidden Treasures treats WA music fans to an earful of Freo balladeers, freshly-minted local bands and some favourite heroes of the Port City stage. This series of gigs offers a rare peek into some of the West End’s most evocative and tucked-away workers’ clubs and small venues, which are steeped in the tall stories and big sounds of Fremantle’s musical folklore.
Wednesday 17 July – Ticketed
Defending Fremantle’s reign as a hotbed of musical experimentation, countless new bands and an exporter of locals-made-good, Future Treasures readies the stage for some of the pluckiest young performers around. Support the growth of the local scene, sweat out some moves and feast your ears and on the freshest tunes at this hot-off-the-press warehouse showcase.
Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July & Tuesday 16 – Sunday 21 July – Free
Winging in from the international clothing circuit, Wowzzzeee has come to roost amidst Fremantle’s illustrious and longstanding fashion glitterati, to bring you this participatory, thought-provoking performance. The Wowzzzeee installation takes the form of a garment factory, in which audience members will be invited to MAKE or BUY as they interact with the space.
The Miss Behave Gameshow
Friday 12, Saturday 13, Thursday 18, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 July – Ticketed
The Miss Behave Gameshow lands for the first time in WA in a perfect storm of prizes, disco and conundrums. Direct from her sold-out seasons in Las Vegas and Sydney, London cabaret queen Amy Saunders (La Soiree, La Clique), hosts this part-gameshow, part freewheeling, high-energy variety whirlwind. Be intoxicated by Amy’s special brand of glittering chaos as you navigate her non-stop games and hilarious capers.
10 Nights in Port will take place across Fremantle from Friday 12 – Sunday 21 July 2019.
For more information visit 10nightsinport.com.au