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10 Nights in Port | 4 must see highlights

30 July 2023

The Fremantle Festival: 10 Nights in Port returns during Djilba season, bringing new talent, emerging artists and established acts to the port city for an epic celebration in 2022 that will enliven the senses and warm the hearts and bodies of festival patrons.

Across 10 wintery nights and days from 10-20 August, Fremantle’s streets, venues, and hidden corners will come alive with contemporary music, giant immersive projections, protest exhibitions, roaming performances and stirring cultural experiences which celebrate the unique culture and artistic spirit of Walyalup/Fremantle and unite the community.

Not sure where to begin? Here are four shows you won’t want to miss.


Ballroom culture & voguing with strength, style & grace

a group of people standing strong

(Image: Jack Purkiss, Hades Nguyen & Imani Andersen)

BUY TICKETS | Fremantle Town Hall, 8 William Street, Fremantle | 12 AUG, 7pm

Back with the community – the Element Ball is here to take a step back and appreciate the elements we have in this world and how it gives back to us daily.

Carrying on the legacy of ballroom culture here on Walyalup that was pioneered by black and Latinx transwomen that originated from Harlem, NY in the 1960s. This event will showcase self-expression, identity, and talent the ballroom community hold in this country.

Produced by House of Reign


Golden beats brings the party to the people

performer in glam costume and wig plays guitar with band on stage

(Image: Tashi Hall)

BUY TICKETS | West End Venues & High Street | 10 & 17 AUG, 7pm

The music returns to the West End of Fremantle with the best of local original contemporary music on offer across some of the city’s most unique venues.

From electronic through to roots and pop, iconic local venues such as the Buffalo Club, the Navy Club, PSAS and High St’s brand new country hotspot Honky Tonk, will come alive for 2 special nights in August.

So throw away the schedule and discover the gems for yourself. Spin the dice and take a chance cos wherever you are, that’s where you’re supposed to be.


Reality immersed with technological imaginings in Walyalup

person holds phone displaying AR against coast scape at dusk

(Image: Jess Wyld)

FREE | Walayup / Fremantle | 10 – 20 AUG, open all hours

Journey to familiar corners of Walyalup to discover transformational expressions of its Noongar heart.

Created in augmented reality and drawn from ‘katadjin’ shared by Whadjuk elders, this exciting collaboration between Aboriginal artists and 3D technical artists will harness new technology to bring ancient culture into sharp and present focus.

Download the app and discover new works by Sharyn Egan, Yabini Kickett, Jarni McGuire, Turid Calgaret, Harley Richards and Greg Barr located across Fremantle.

Developed by the team at Voyant AR, the boodjAR app will launch as part of the Fremantle Festival: 10 Nights in Port in August 2023 and remain available as a legacy of the project.


Warm your Koort|Heart with a spectacle of fire

flaming letters burning

(Image: Adrian Thompson)

FREE (RSVP) | Walyalup Koort | 12 AUG, 5pm to 7pm

Walyalup Koort glows on this crackling night and everyone is invited to come to the fire and be warm together.

Celebrating the beginning of Djilba, our beautiful Walyalup Koort will be transformed by whimsical sculptures of fire. Gather in, with a steaming mug and gooey marshmallow as the flames connect us and light the night.

This night is a creative collaboration with local community, fire art led by Hana Priest in collaboration with Elly Sumner, local students and creatives from Blazing Swan.