Fremantle is an iconic port city located in the southern suburbs of Perth.
Well known for it's eclectic and vibrant culture, Fremantle is a bustling hive of activity and the perfect location to host the WA Middle Eastern Dance Festival.
Enjoy walking through the West End, discovering the flavours of the many eateries or re-charge your batteries at one or more of the amazing coffee establishments you will find dotted about the entire town.
With a plethora of popular tourist attractions including the ever popular Fremantle Markets, we're sure you will enjoy the fabulous culture of FREO!
Want to know more?
Welcome to your orientation pack to the WAMED Festival, in the vibrant heart of Fremantle! This pack contains all you’ll need to know to navigate your way around our exciting city and enjoy all the facilities of Fremantle during your stay. Printable copy here!
The Welcome event is at Bar Orient, 39 High Street Fremantle.
Workshops will be held in the St John of God Building at Notre Dame University - Henry St Fremantle. .
The Friday and Saturday night shows (Leilat Ghazal Parts 1 and 2) will be held in the Queen Victoria Room of the Albion Hotel, 535 Stirling Highway, Cottesloe. The Albion Hotel is 6.5kms (11 minutes) away from the Fremantle CBD. The easiest public transport is the train, from the Fremantle station to the Cottesloe Station or one of the buses that travel along Stirling Highway.
Food & Drink Information
Free tea and coffee is available at the WAMED Shed, inside the workshop venue. Our aim is to facilitate an environmentally sustainable event with minimal waste, so please bring your own refillable water bottle and coffee cup for free tea and coffee or purchase a WAMED Eco-cup for $10.
The Friday and Saturday shows are scheduled after dinner, so you may like to make the most of the many great eateries in Fremantle, or grab dinner at the Albion before the shows start.
The Raqs Café evening event will be held at 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm) at the Fremantle Navy Club and there are pub meals and drinks available as you relax in the cabaret-style seating and wind down from the Festival by enjoying some performances and hearing from our guest artists! Then boogie the night away to the sic toons of DJ Phat Gaffah!
Our new Train Line! Did you know that since last WAMED, Perth has opened a new train line to the airport!?
I know! Welcome to the 90s here in WA!
With new stations open at High Wycombe, Airport Central and Redcliffe, the Airport Line connects through to Fremantle and it also makes it easier and less expensive to get to and from the airport.
For those on Qantas and Jetstar flights (Terminals 3&4) - you'll access the Redcliffe Station, Just 15 minutes from the CBD and for those on Virgin (Terminals 1&2), you'll board at the Airport Central Station - which is just 18 minutes from the CBD and an easy connection through to the Fremantle line. You can purchase cash tickets from the machine on the platform, or buy a SmartRider.
Airport transfers: Perth domestic and international airport terminals are approximately 30 kms from Fremantle’s CBD. myAirshuttle offer direct transport from central Fremantle to both the domestic and international Perth Airport terminals. Click here for shuttle bus services from various locations in Perth CBD to and from Perth domestic and international airports. Pre bookings are not essential.
Taxis/Uber/Chauffeur/Ola: A car trip between Fremantle city centre and Perth domestic or international airport terminals will take approximately 50 minutes depending on the day and time of day you are travelling. Use our Facebook group to find fellow dancers needing a lift!
Public Transport: To plan your journey, visit the Transperth website or phone the Transperth Infoline on 13 62 13. Fremantle Train Station is the end of the line on the Fremantle Train Line, and takes only 30 minutes from the Perth CBD, departing every 10-15 minutes Mon-Sat, and every 30 minutes on Sundays. Once in Fremantle, catch the FREE Red CAT from the train station which runs every 15 minutes. If you have accommodation in Fremantle the FREE Blue CAT will take you to within a 3 minute walk to the venues. For more information about public transport, please visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au, or phone the info line on 13 62 13 or visit www.FremantleWesternAustralia.com.au for FREE Cat information.
Are you still looking for somewhere to stay while at WAMED 2023? WAMED has partnered with The Tradewinds Hotel in Fremantle to offer festival participants 10% off their best available rate for stays between Wednesday the 31st of May and Wednesday the 7th of June! They have hotel rooms and serviced apartments with all the mod cons! Explore their website here: https://tradewindshotel.com.au/ and enter in code WAMED23 for 10% off!
Search AirBnB for group accomodation and find new friends to stay with in the WAMED Facebook group.
Accomodation websites like trivago.com, booking.com, wotif.com, quickbeds.com etc.
Post in the WAMED Facebook group for billeting opportunities with Perth dancers.
There is plenty of parking close by all festival venues. Please check the City of Fremantle website for detailed information. Most parking areas offer the first hour free. Do your research ahead of time and be prepared. Be mindful that Friday is a work day with restricted parking available, so please be early. Download the PayStay app in advance - this is handy. We also have access to the Notre Dame staff car parks on the Sat/Sun, so check out the printable PDF above. There is $12 per day online prebooked parking with Kings Square Parking in Henderson St.
The Festival Info Point is located at the Notre Dame University - entrance off Henry St.
Otherwise, call Kerry on 0409 114 819, Princess Fee on 0415 881 370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being part of the WAMED Festival!!