Doors of perception
Open a door to the weird and wonderful world of busking in the Fremantle Street Arts Festival.
EXPECT the unexpected at this year’s Fremantle Street Arts Festival.
That is the message from festival director Alex Marshall, who has made sure festival-goers are spoilt for choice with 18 international acts and a raft of local talent to keep crowds entertained over the Easter long weekend.
It is a never-ending process for Marshall, who has spent the majority of the last 12 months, and longer, sourcing acts for this weekend’s event.
“A lot of acts have been on our radar for a lot of years and some we’ve been talking to for years,” he said.
“One act, Dino’s Restaurant, has been trying to get to the festival since it started 17 years ago.
“We have a lot of acts contacting us directly, we don’t usually take many in that way but we did this year with manoAmano Circo, who sent us their information out of the blue.
“It certainly has got a lot easier to source the acts and the international component has definitely grown in the last few years.”
With audiences able to get a taste of everything from traditional musical buskers, to acrobats, puppets, comedians and everything in between, Marshall said there were a number of ingredients that made the festival so successful.
“When the program came out I took one home and went through it and thought ‘this is really some- thing’,” he said. “It’s certainly the most diverse program that we’ve ever produced.
“We’ve spent a lot of time trying to craft a really bal- anced program that’s got roaring in-your-face street shows, great music, poetic and lyrical pieces and things that are really at the forefront of cutting art.
“You’d be hard pressed to come here and not like anything.”
The Fremantle Street Arts Festival is from March 25-28.
Locals are also invited to the free opening night at the Fremantle Arts Centre on March 24, where Niger musicians EZZA will kick off the festivities.
Visit www.fremantle story.com.au for the full program.
Street artists Leeroy Hart, Tim Simpson, Ellie Hurn, Stella Masters, Phoebe Ingleson, Luka Mellor and Emily McCrea prepare for the Fremantle Street Arts Festival.