This Easter weekend sees Fremantle become even more alive (is that even possible?) with fantastic music, comedy and highly entertaining and varied forms of street theatre.
If you already love the bohemian, artsy vibe that Fremantle always exudes, then you do not want to miss the 2015 Fremantle Street Arts Festival.
Held over three days this Easter long weekend (4/5/6 April), the festival program is jam packed with roving entertainment, musicians, comedians, street performers and much more.
As much of the Cappuccino Strip is closed, as well as parts of the High Street, the streets are littered with divine eateries and quirky pop up bars, all filled with people enjoying the glorious sunshine and tasty treats on offer.
I was lucky enough to be in Freo over the first 2 days of the festival and got to check out several of the performers over Saturday and Sunday. From The Rats and their Pied Piper gallivanting all over the town, to the cheeky Giant Seagulls popping up around the Esplanade, acrobats and didgeridoo players, there is something for everyone at this great festival.
We spied The Rats while we were on the Little Creatures Brewery tour, which seemed completely surreal.
After our beautiful lunch at Tabella, we saw a crowd gathered around a team of acrobats, one of which had a bright purple Mohawk of epic proportions, performing to Enrique Iglesias’ ‘Hero’ and drawing a big round of applause. They then proceeded to practically force people to donate money to them, with an extremely long winded and pushy speech about how they expect at least $10 donation, and anything less would not be welcome! Needless to say we quickly moved along!
Shortly after that we stumbled across an indie folk style band Winterbourne, performing outside the National Hotel, so I made a mental note to check them out at their later Walyalup pitch on Collie Street. I was so glad we did as they were just awesome. Think Mumford & Sons but young Australians and only 2 of them.
They were selling their EP for $10 and they were sold out of the first lot before their set was finished. Thank goodness they had a heap more to put out and these were snapped up like hotcakes as well.
The guys were super friendly and down to earth, taking pictures of the crowd that had been drawn in to listen to their captivating music and chatting with people afterwards too. Everyone loved them, from the toddler playing air guitar to one elderly lady who was singing all the words to their final song!
Tomorrow is the last day of the festival so if you are at a loose end of where to spend your Easter Monday, I highly recommend hopping on the train (the roads were a nightmare by the afternoon with much of the High Street and South Terrace shut) and checking it out.