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Fremantle Carnevale 2013

Carnevale is an annual community festival in many parts of the world which features masked and costumed high jinks, theatre, dance, music and mockery of established authority. Fremantle’s fourth annual ‘Festival of Misrule’ is inspired by European or Latin American Carnival traditions and aims to temporarily turn the normal social order on its head.

Tuesday 29 January ‘Mystery of the Mask’ Photographic Exhibition Opening
The Monk Brewery and Kitchen, 33 South Tce., 6.30 pm–Free Event
Freo events photographer Tony Gajewski showcases Fremantle Carnevale 2011-12
Australian Premiere of ‘Carnival King of Europe’
Upstairs at The Monk, 8pm - Free Event
A groundbreaking short film exploring the prehistoric origins of the Carnival tradition as still practiced today in the villages of the European Alps

Friday 1 February Fremantle Markets 2013 Carnevale Opening Ceremony
Fremantle Markets Buskers Pitch, 6.30 pm– FREE EVENT
Official opening by mystery 2013 Fremantle King of Carnevale (and his cronies), featuring Noongar Welcome to Country, political satire with MC Prime Minister Julia Gohard, Ozmosis Catalan Street Band, and the release of the 2013 Carnevale Manifesto.

Saturday 2 February ‘Masked Subversion’: Carnevale Art Exhibition Opening
Victoria Hall, 6.00 pm Free Event
Collaborative exhibition presenting work by local artists inspired by the traditional Carnevale theme of ‘masked subversion’ (till 13 February).

Sunday 3 February Costume and Mask Making Workshop
3 William St, (opposite Town Hall clock tower) 1.00 pm–4.00 pm - Free Event
Participate fully in the spirit of Carnevale by making your own mask/costume in a half day workshop.

Thursday 7 February Weiberfastnacht German Women’s Karneval
Kings Square, 6.00 pm Free Event
Inspired by a traditional event from Germany’s Cologne Carnival, revolting women will take control of Fremantle, arrest the Mayor, seize the keys to the City and cut off men’s ties in an act of symbolic castration!
Carnevale Women’s Cabaret
East End Bar, High Street, 8.00 pm - Tickets: $25
Featuring burlesque, comedy, live art, music, MC Kymba Cahill plus much more!

Saturday 9 February Children's Carnevale
King’s Square, 11.00 am–4.00 pm Free Event
Featuring storytelling, mask making, circus workshops, kid's yoga, facepainting, live music and Carnevale kids food!

‘Reclaim the Mask’ Rally Kings Square Fremantle, 5.30 pm- Free Event
Meet 530 pm at Kings Square for a masked stroll down Cappuccino Strip and catch the Chirigota musicians as they sing their way around Freo’s cafés.
Zapata’s Chirigota Carnevale Song Challenge
Cappuccino Strip/Zapata’s Mexican Restaurant, Fremantle Piazza, 5:30-8pm - Free Event
Masked musicians compete for best 2013 Fremantle Carnevale song performance.

Fremantle Community Bank Carnevale Masked Costume Ball
Fremantle Town Hall, 8.00 pm Tickets: $45/35 Available Mills Record Bar
Featuring 2011 Seychelles Queen of Carnival, Grace Barbé, Ensemble Formidable
and Junkadelic, DJ DHDJ and more. Prizes for best male, female and transgender costume.
Carnevale costume compulsory or mandatory face painting on entry!

Tuesday 12 February (Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday)
Trial, Death and Funeral of 2013 King of Carnevale
Kings Square, 6.00 pm Free Event
After the Trial in Kings Square, follow the Junkadelic Street Band in a traditional Mardi Gras mock funeral procession to Clancy’s Fish Café: please wear your finest Carnevale funeral attire!

Event details

Type of event

  • Annual Fremantle events
  • Festivals
  • Music, opera and dance


Friday 1 February–Tuesday 12 February 2013

Time: All program details are available on the website



Ticketing information

All program details are available on the website

Tickets can be purchased from: Tickets for the Masked Ball selling at Mills Record Store, Adelaide Street Frematnle

Contact us

T 0450 982 687

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