WA Day, the uniquely West Australian day inclusive for all Western Australians, went off with a bang this year in Fishing Boat Harbour. Fireworks lit up the skies over Fremantle on the eve of the WA Day public holiday on what is hoped will become a new and amazing annual family experience.
A fabulous day was had by the tens of thousands of visitors who visited the harbour and participated in the free family activities and entertainment recognising our Aboriginal history, our early European migrant background and the diverse range of people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make, Freo and WA their home.
The event was opened by local Aboriginal elders in a Traditional Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country, followed by a range of cultural music and dance events from different ethnic backgrounds. Across the weekend there were numerous musical performances in and around the harbour, culminating with the Sunday evening Fireworks show, held at the family friendly time of 6pm.
The harbour played host to a range of free activities including kids face painting and bouncy castles, children’s faashion parade featuring Australian made clothing, mermaids and pirates storytelling, a suitcase market, roving buskers and much more.
Meet our guests and entertainers
Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country presented by Neville Collard
Festival opening “We are Australian” James Webb and Monique Fitzgerald
Wadumbah Dance Group
Little Italy by the Sea Italian and Greek Dance Ensemble
Chung Wah Lion Dance Troupe
Cuba de Son, Latin Band
Jazzco, live jazz music
Magnifico Mariachis Trio, live Mexican music
Basskong, live music