Fremantle and the Easter long weekend have become synonymous with the Fremantle Street Arts Festival and each year seems to get better and better. Since its foundation in 1998 it has become one of the best events on the arts calendar in Perth, Western Australia each year.
This year was perhaps the best yet with an array of street and performance artists from within Australia and overseas. The quality of the performances these artists put out over the long weekend is nothing short of staggering. Most seem to make "Busking" their full time jobs/careers and put in amazing shows that have the crowds in awe.
Parts of Fremantle are blocked off to traffic (Including South Terrace) - The famous cappuccino strip becomes flooded with people and acts staggered throughout the four day festival. For myself some of the highlights this year included the USA Breakdancers from the Bronx, New York City who not only put on a dazzling acrobatic break dance performance, but also had the crowd in stitches with their unique brand of comedy and crowd participation.
Darien Le Page - Is an Australian Mime Artist who is simply incredible. He has an incredible ability to "converse" with his audience and his style of humor is a hit with the younger generation.
I also managed to catch the "Badpiper" and his energetic performance. I have never seen anything like him before and it was impressive to see his unique fusion and interpretation of popular rock songs through a set of bagpipes.
Finally thanks should go out to the City of Fremantle for another world class festival. Bring on the Fremantle Street Art 2012.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.