In our sunlit months, Fremantle is roaring and open. Our food, music, art and culture spill outside as we tread lively paths around the boulevards and beaches. Then as winter approaches, the Indian Ocean turns unpredictable and sends icy messages to bluster down our streets and against our windowpanes: biting gales, grumpy cumulus and spitting rain. As a community, we go inside. The labyrinth of stately, historic buildings, clutching to the shore of this wind-blasted port begins to warm up from the inside out. We light the lamps, tread the old floorboards and reacquaint ourselves with the eccentric, winding interiors of the homes, pubs, halls and stages that have patiently waited for us to return.
Fremantle in winter is a time to discover the city’s hidden nooks and crannies, to settle in, rummage up some heartening food, sip steaming tonics and swap tales and melodies by the hearth. 10 Nights in Port celebrates the way that the Fremantle community bands together and the city itself seems to draw us close during the cold months.
Over 10 wintry evenings, immerse yourself in a raft of contemporary music, theatre, visual arts, film and live performance created by some of Fremantle’s most prized local acts and a band of international acts swept into our welcome harbour.
Message from the Mayor
The 10 Nights in Port program foregrounds projects which are one-off, site-specific, locally developed or participatory. Spread across Fremantle’s precincts, they take into consideration the traditions of the local community and the character of its historic buildings. Each part of the festival is carefully woven out of the fabric of this place.
The annual musical treasure hunt of Hidden Treasures opens up some of the city’s longest-running workers’ clubs, bringing together the distinctive taps, carpets and dartboards of Aussie clubhouses with great local music. With Glass Houses & Green Futures, five custom-built artists’ greenhouses will be erected around Fremantle’s community precincts in homage to local, green-thumbed gardening aficionados. All in the Family is a reunion of some of Freo’s best local music dynasties, whose talent and love of local performance venues spans the generations.
10 Nights in Port is a time to celebrate the undeniably special character of Fremantle and the creative community whose music, performances and artworks bring us together.
I am excited to see the Fremantle Festival reimagined for the winter months. I hope you enjoy it.
City of Fremantle Mayor
Acknowledgement of Country
10 Nights in Port and the City of Fremantle are grateful to the Whadjuk Noongar people on whose Country our festival takes place. We extend our deepest respect to their elders; past, present and emerging. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.
Tickets are available from this site – click on each event to book. There are many free or low cost events in the program.
Where to stay
From cheerful hostels and friendly B&Bs for the budget-conscious to luxury hotels, Fremantle has accommodation to suit every traveller. Plan your perfect festival stay at one of Fremantle’s hotels.
While you’re feasting your eyes and ears on the massive Festival program, why not linger in Fremantle to eat, drink, shop and explore this historic port city. Find out what’s on at Visit Fremantle.
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