1st November – 24th November

Fremantle Biennale Opens with a Burst of Light

The Fremantle Biennale delighted the crowd who braved the inclement weather  at the official opening of the second edition of the Fremantle Biennale, UNDERCURRENT19 with the Australian premiere of Waterlicht by award-winning artist Daan Roosegaarde.


The program was launched by Hon Paul Papalia CSCMLA, Minister for Tourism, with speeches from Artistic Director Tom Mùller and Daan Roosegaarde, who then unveiled his installation WATERLICHT.


WATERLICHT is a powerful call to action about rising water levels and the climate change crisis. A combination of LEDs and lenses which create an ever changing layer of light, influenced by wind and rain, will be projected in Esplanade Park, simulating a virtual flood and calling attention to rising water levels along Fremantle’s shoreline.

Waterlicht will show NOV 1 – 3 on the Fremantle Esplanade during evening hours


The Fremantle Biennale is a distinct visual arts program that celebrates and builds on Fremantle’s longstanding history and reputation as a creative city. UNDERCURRENT 19 will take over the port city in Western Australia from 1-24 November with site-responsive work from over 40 international and Australian artists responding to the history, communities and landscape of Fremantle. 15 new commissions including large-scale artworks, installations, architectural pavilions, performances and group exhibitions will be realised in new and found sites across the port city.


Fremantle Biennale runs from 1-24 November 2019