Fremantle International Street Arts Festival: Audio Described Show

about the festival

Once again, DADAA will be providing Audio Description services at this year’s Fremantle International Street Arts Festival.

The festival started as a celebration of Fremantle’s local busking culture in 1999 and has grown into a showcase of the world’s best street theatre.

Each year over the Easter long weekend, the streets of Fremantle are transformed into an open-air theatre of the amazing, weird and wacky, while Fremantle’s famous alfresco dining steps up a notch, with pop-up bars and eateries extending into the streets.

audio described shows

There will be two audio described shows, both on Sunday 21 April.

  • Chinese acrobat Cho Kairin is performing an audio described show on Sunday 21 April at 12.00pm at the Esplanade Park Pitch, Esplanade Park Fremantle.
  • The Sculptor Clown is performing an audio described show Sunday 21 April at  1.00pm in at the Esplanade Park Pitch, Esplanade Park Fremantle.


DADAA will be providing the audio description (assistive listening) service via the Sennheiser MobileConnect app (available for iOS and Android). You access this service by downloading the app and connecting to the DADAA WiFi network (available at the event) with your own mobile device. You must bring your own headphones.

Spaces are limited so you must book. While the audio description technology can accommodate upwards of 50 people, there is only seating for 20.

To book, contact Jacqueline Homer from DADAA:
Phone: 9430 6616
Mobile: 0400 111 018

When booking an audio described show, please indicate the number of people attending and the number requiring seating.

All bookings must be made at least 7 days before each show.

Bookings will only be confirmed when you receive a confirmation email.

Arts and Disability Pre-Election Forum

Hear Directly from MPs and Candidates

How does the government plan to support artists with disability?

In the lead-up to 2019 Federal Election, Arts Access Australia and DADAA will host this Arts and Disability Pre-Election Forum to provide an opportunity for MPs and candidates to address this issue.

This live-streamed Q&A forum is your chance to hear directly from Australia’s politicians about their commitments to improving accessibility to the arts for people with disability.

The forum will begin with MPs and candidates presenting each party’s approach to creating equal access to the arts for people with disability. Each MP and candidate will also be invited to respond to Arts Access Australia’s #RealMoneyRealJobs campaign.

The audience will then be invited to ask MPs and candidates their questions about accessibility in the arts.

Tuesday 26 February, 10am – 12pm
DADAA Fremantle 92 Adelaide Street
Light refreshments will be provided.

Event access: Audio Description, Assistive listening, Auslan, Relaxed program (informal, friendly, simple language).

RSVP: This is a free event, but attendees will need to register to attend. We recommend that if you plan on live-streaming the event that you also register beforehand so that we can email you the live-stream weblink.



For the past four years DADAA has partnered with the Perth Festival to deliver on a commitment to celebrate a diversity of voices by putting disability arts front and centre in the program.

Join us in our final year of this partnership with an Open Day at our Fremantle hub, the Old Fremantle Boys’ School.

Discover some of the extraordinary work being made by artists working with DADAA in an afternoon of screenings, showings and events in this wonderful heritage-listed space.

Featuring actor Julia Hales, star and creator of the Perth Festival 2018 hit You Know We Belong Together, and emerging screenwriter Tina Fielding.


This is a FREE public event, and all are welcome.

NADS Consultations (Fremantle and Perth)

Tell Your Story

Have your say during the National Arts and Disability Strategy consultation stage. Join other artists, community members and leaders in this face-to-face conversation, and tell your story to help inform the next NADS!

Venue: DADAA Fremantle (the Old Boys’ School)
Date: 20 November 2018
Time: 10am–1pm

RSVP to Rea Singh: or 1800 555 029.

The Other Film Festival

Two Days of Global and Local Film Screenings

The Other Film Festival is in Fremantle for the first time! Check out the program here!

For two days at the DADAA Fremantle cinema, you can experience the very best of Australian and international screenings by, with and about people with disability in an accessible program.

Along with the curated touring program of films from the Melbourne, the festival includes brilliant short films made by DADAA artists in the Act-Belong-Commit WA Stories showcase.

And there’s more! Screenwest presents lively panel discussions to discuss and debate aspects of disability screen culture with leading representatives from the film sector.

Join us for a session or for a day!

Click here for the full program and to book your tickets!

And read about the speakers for the Screenwest Presents … panels

It’s FREE to attend! But bookings are essential for entry.
Go to the Eventbrite website to book your ticket now!

Need more info?

Contact us with any queries about the venue or the festival: email DADAA or call us on 9430 6616.

Sound Art: Alone in a Silent World

About the Event

Deaf Artist Peter Blockey has collaborated with Steve Paraskos and Lex Randolph to take one of his poems and create a sound art installation that gives the audience a deaf cultural experience. Supported by DADAA and an arts grant from the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, Peter and the artistic team have translated Peter’s poem, Alone in a Silent World, into an intimate multimedia encounter that will resonate for audiences.

This event is a chance for deaf and hearing audiences to engage with this innovative trial, and provide Peter with your thoughts, comments and feedback. Peter invites you to try out this experience on one of the two nights of presentations at DADAA’s Boys School in Fremantle. There are six 20-minute showings each night, between 7 and 9pm, and we invite you to book in to one of the 20-minute slots.

Artist Statement

The Deaf community is a culturally rich community with a lot to share. We have our own unique language, hidden gifts and skills that need to be nurtured and encouraged to flourish. The view of the world through the eyes of the Deaf people is unique. A visual language, Auslan is a beautiful language to watch. Unlike the spoken language which are one dimensional, Auslan is a multidimensional language utilising spatial fields, emotional expression and regular language syntax to convey meaning.

It’s my dream that theatre, created and performed in Auslan will express the view of the Deaf world and its stories. This project is important to me now, prior to technology such as SMS, video and the internet, my experience was that many of us deaf community live in a shell. I have been lost/disconnected from the wider community. I hope you enjoy my interpretation of my world.

Dates and times

Friday 16 March and Saturday 17th March
Twenty minute showings: 7pm, 7.20pm, 7.40pm, 8pm, 8.20pm, 8.40pm

These are small group showings, so please email or call 0414195965 to book into a timeslot.

Public Print Day: Hard Pressed Artist in Residence Program

Everyone is invited to watch the spectacle of large-format prints being printed with a steamroller. Prints will have been created during January in the Act-Belong-Commit Artist In Residence program with Geraldton-based artist Lizzy Robinson. Then, between about 10am and 2pm, on 31 January, the prints will come to life outside the Old Boys School.

We will set up from 8am outside the Old Boys School in Fremantle.

Large woodcuts will be printed in the morning with a series of smaller prints – from the community megaprint project – being printed twice in the afternoon. With a steamroller serving as the printing press, this will be quite a spectacle!

This is a free public event suitable for the family.

Museum of Water: Tactile Tour and Audio Described Exhibition

A Perth Festival and Artsadmin production in association with Fremantle Arts Centre, and A Perth Festival Commission 

about the show

Museum of Water is a radically different museum that showcases, in Australia’s driest state, our connection to the world’s most essential life source. For over a year UK artist Amy Sharrocks has been towing her rusty trailer around the State, turning strangers into friends and liquid into art as she collects watery donations and the memories that go with them.

Now we can gather the whole collection together at Fremantle Arts Centre. Wander through a WA landscape where you can see more than 500 bottles of water, each with its own remarkable story. There are samples from Poison Gully and the Dragon Tree Soak, grey water from a laundry, a splash from a Paralympian’s swimming pool.

Follow a stream of water words as the Museum’s custodians share the many tales behind each bottle. Or share your own story and add to the collection by donating a bottle of water that is precious to you during the Festival. Alongside the main collection allow time to wander the corridors, where water pools in unexpected places or take a walk outside under sonic umbrellas.

Donate your water
Choose your water
Find a bottle to put it in
Tell us why you brought it.

Ages: All ages

where and when

Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160
Date: 12 February 2018
Day: Monday
Time: 10:30am to 11:45am

ticket information

Cost: $21 to $31.

To book a free Tactile Tour, please contact Jacqueline Homer from DADAA on 0400 111 018 or email

This is almost full so please contact us soon. To donate water after the tour, please allow 30 minutes and notify Jacqueline at the time of booking.

Sculpture at Bathers Tactile Tours

Sculpture at Bathers is a uniquely Western Australian event that showcases the work of over 70 sculptors and extends across the historic site at Bathers Beach Art Precinct and Kidogo Arthouse. 2017 is the second year that local arts organisation DADAA will conduct Tactile Tours at Sculpture at Bathers for people with disability, their families and carers to access the exhibition.

DADAA’s Tactile Tours facilitate discovery through dialogue and touch. They are designed to introduce participants with disability to new ways of experiencing and enjoying contemporary sculpture. Participants are guided to accessible areas of the exhibition with experienced DADAA guides who encourage engagement with a selection of sculptures through informed discussion, audio description and touch.

Bookings are essential. There is a maximum of 12 people per tour. 2 beach wheelchairs are also available on request for each tour. The Tours are FREE.

For more information

Jacqueline Homer, DADAA

(08) 9430 6616 or 0400 111 018.


Your booking will only be confirmed when you receive a confirmation email.