Doors of per­cep­tion

Open a door to the weird and won­der­ful world of busk­ing in the Fre­man­tle Street Arts Fes­ti­val.

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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 for the full pro­gram.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d451043

Street artists Leeroy Hart, Tim Simp­son, El­lie Hurn, Stella Masters, Phoebe In­gle­son, Luka Mel­lor and Emily McCrea pre­pare for the Fre­man­tle Street Arts Fes­ti­val.

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