Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Sensational street performers set to dazzle Fremantle

    24/03/2016 8:00 AM
    • Fremantle Street Arts Festival expected to attract more than 100,000 people
    • Features local, national and international acts
    • Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA 

    Fremantle landmarks will be transformed into performance spaces this Easter long weekend as some of the world's most dynamic street artists display their talents in the port city.


    The 2016 Fremantle Street Arts Festival, which starts today, will showcase more than 100 live performances featuring theatre, comedy, acrobatics, cabaret, busking, puppets and more.


    Regarded as Australia's biggest street arts festival, this year's event has a packed program including beach calligraphy, cutting-edge juggling by Flaque, giant body parts in Kings Square and Lisa Lottie's extreme hula-hooping.


    Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the State Government was proud to support the Fremantle Street Arts Festival through Tourism WA.


    "Adults and children will be amused and enthralled by local talents and will include artists from Argentina, Italy, Niger, France and the Netherlands," Dr Hames said.


    "Dynamic cultural experiences, such as this festival, are among the reasons that esteemed travel publisher Lonely Planet named Fremantle a must-see city for 2016.


    "With significant private and public investment in the development pipeline, Fremantle is in the midst of a period of great revitalisation.  New hotels, bars and restaurants have opened across the city further adding to its appeal to visitors and locals.


    "When you consider all the city has to offer, it's no wonder the experts at Lonely Planet think Fremantle should be on everyone's travel list for 2016."


    The Minister said events were a major part of the State Government's strategy to increase the value of tourism in Western Australia to $12 billion by 2020.


    "Tourism is a vital industry for this State because it generates 94,000 jobs and $8.9 billion in visitor spend a year," he said.


    "The Fremantle Street Arts Festival and many other major Western Australian events help boost the State's economy, visitor numbers and media exposure."


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