Whether it’s classical music, vintage cars or retro fashion that rocks your boat, the Fremantle Heritage Festival’s ‘choose your own heritage’ theme explores the colourful history that has shaped Fremantle into one of Lonely Planet’s top cities* to visit in 2016.
Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said the Fremantle Heritage Festival continues to evolve, just like Fremantle, and the 2016 Festival is bigger.
“Heritage means different things to different people – for one person it could be the story of your grandparents migrating to Fremantle, while for another person it could be reliving the memories of a life-changing gig at one of the many famous venues in Freo,” Dr Pettitt said.
Embracing the different definitions of heritage for people, this year’s opening night program gives you the chance to ‘choose your heritage’ with three events kicking off the 2016 program that includes more than 90 events.
Fresh from a sold out performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), one of Australia’s most critically acclaimed pianists, Simon Tedeschi, will play a selection of piano favourites at St Johns Church. Donna Simpson from The Waifs will be taking the stage at Mojos Bar alongside Fremantle music legends – Dom Mariani (The Stems) and Greg Hitchcock (You Am I) as part of Patron Saints of Pop.
Author and talented storyteller, Robert Drewe will round out the opening night events by demonstrating how truth and myths can shape history with the Festival’s keynote speech at The University of Notre Dame Australia.
Vintage enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with the return of the ever-popular Arthur Grady Day. Joining the line-up of classic motorcycles in Kings Square this year, a stunning collection of vintage wedding dresses will be on display in the ground floor space at MANY 6160, the Morsecodians demonstrate Morse code and the Vintage Collectors Fair returns to Fremantle Town Hall.
Internationally renowned chef, Mark Olive, fuses native ingredients with contemporary dishes as part of Headspace Fremantle’s Outback Fusion Fundraising Gala. Foodies can also enjoy a classic English afternoon tea served on Antiquitea’s vintage china and silverware at The Ultimate High Tea, or a 1940s three-course, heritage-inspired dinner at Fremantle’s Fightin’ Forties Long Table Dinner.
This year Fremantle Heritage Festival presents a series of eclectic tours including A Sailor’s Guide to Fremantle, a behind the scenes look at WA Maritime Museum’s collection of old boats in storage at A Shed and the ultimate retro and vintage shopping tour with hilarious roving performer and artist, Guerrilla Granny.
The University of Notre Dame Australia host a range of talks and lectures, telling the stories that have shaped Fremantle into the place it is today – from inspirational women to fascinating archaeological finds.
The Fremantle Heritage Festival is an annual initiative of the City of Fremantle and runs from 27 May–6 June 2016. A full program of events can be found at www.fremantlestory.com.au/heritagefestival
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