Fremantle International Street Arts Festival celebrates 20 years

Forest Ants in the CityThe Fremantle International Street Arts Festival (FISAF) returns to the streets of Fremantle this Easter long weekend to mark its 20th year.

This unique Festival amplifies the Fremantle experience to a whole new level, with an eclectic mix of high-calibre artists performing throughout the city’s streets, restaurants, bars and parks from 30 March (Good Friday) to 2 April (Easter Sunday).

FISAF brings together buskers, street theatre, bands, local pop-up bars and delicious eateries each year – and this year is no different. The world-class entertainers who will joining this year’s festivities include:

  • BirdMen: A Dutch theatre group and their gigantic roving birds will invade the streets of Fremantle. These colourful beings are impressive by day, and spectacular by night.
  • Nudes: A bunch of Brits will do ‘nudie runs’ all the way to Australia. Naked as nature (never quite) intended, these performers leave passers-by in awe as they hit the streets.
  • Forest Ants in the City: ‘The ants go marching two by two’… after they left their colony in Germany to explore the unknown city of Fremantle.
  • What’s Next?: Four male acrobats from Canada, in their physical peak, accomplish amazing and death-defying stunts. A one-of-a-kind performance!
  • SUHDE: This amazing duo juggle not only strange objects, but their relationship too. Partners from Finland, SUHDE captivate the crowds with heart-stopping acrobatics.
  • WAHonk!: A Honk bands perform to celebrate; to protest; to proclaim; some play for peace, some for activist causes; for community spirit; and all of them play to have fun through the streets of Fremantle.

For those seeking a break from the bombastic street carnival, this year’s festival will welcome a new fully-licenced outdoor pop-up bar: The Little Creatures Buskers Bar. The new bar is the ideal place to sit back and watch the weird and wonderful acts go by – all while drinking a cold Fremantle brew.

The evening sea breeze will breathe new life into the streets of Fremantle, as they light up to kick start the festival’s night street parties. Featuring a series of local musicians and quirky entertainment, the night program will see Fremantle shining at its brightest.

“FISAF is a well-loved street arts Festival that attracts great audiences and high calibre artists from across the globe. We are so proud to host such a unique festival right here in the beautiful port city of Fremantle,” said City of Fremantle’s Festival Director, Kathryn Taylor.

“To mark 20-years, we’ve curated a unique line-up of quirky acts that will stop visitors in their tracks. From a group embracing nature in fantastic outfits, to acrobatic duos and pop-up bars – this year’s Festival has it all.”

Featuring the beautiful backdrop of Fremantle architecture, the fishing boat harbour, Norfolk pines and the cappuccino strip, FISAF will see the complete town glistening at its best. Perthites need to look no further than Fremantle for this year’s Easter long weekend.

The 2018 Fremantle International Street Arts Festival runs 30 March – 2 April. For more information and complete program, visit: www.streetartsfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Forest Ants in the City (supplied)

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