Lotterywest Grant to help deliver a bigger and better Fremantle Festival

Lotterywest Grant to help deliver a bigger and better Fremantle Festival

State Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, has presented the City of Fremantle with a Lotterywest grant of $45,550 towards the staging of the 2017 Fremantle Festival.

The grant will help organisers to deliver a more diverse program and an increased number of free events for the whole community.

The boutique ten-day Festival will present high quality and thought-provoking ticketed and free shows with a diverse program of music, comedy, performance, fashion, visual arts and talks.

Fremantle Festival will kick off with the Wardarnji Aboriginal Cultural Festival on Friday 27 October, showcasing the very best of indigenous music, dance, art and entertainment.

High Tide, the first incarnation of the Fremantle Biennale, will host the best in site responsive art featuring local and international artists working with the rich landscape of Fremantle, activating the West End and the Port.

Other highlights will include the Great Fremantle Race – a participative community arts project showcasing the creativity and energy of the local community and benefitting St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, the State Collection – an exhibition of original artworks by the West Australian Public, the Children’s Fiesta, and a pop-up community hub in Kings Square.

State Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk said, “Fremantle Festival cements Freo’s status as a centre for culture and the arts, bringing thousands of visitors into town. This grant will help deliver a more open and diverse festival program that the whole community can enjoy.”

City of Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettit was grateful for Lotterywest’s support. “Fremantle Festival is a major celebration of Fremantle, its people and culture. It creates opportunities for the community to come together for unexpected, incredible moments.”

The full 2017 program is available at