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Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2017

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by Vicky Rae Ellmore (subscribe)
Proudly South African. Currently residing in amazing Melbourne. Lover of music, reading, animals and exploring. Vet nurse/freelance writer and editor.
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Be enchanted by Gertrude Street's illuminated art
Once again Fitzroy's Gertrude Street will become a kaleidoscope of light and colour this July for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

Running from Friday 21 July until Sunday 30 July, the festival will see the street adorned in illuminated artworks by artists seeking to enchant, as well as steeped in music and performance art.

Fall Into The Skies

2017 is the 10th year the Gertrude Street Projection Festival has lit up Melbourne's winter nights and cold faces. To celebrate this anniversary, this year's festival is showcasing artists who contribute to an immersive, interactive and enchanting experience that will ignite the collective social imagination.

Three / Four

As in previous years, video projections will illuminate Gertrude Street's buildings, laneways, sidewalks and parks. Music and performance art will also enchant festival goers as they wander from one end of this iconic Fitzroy street to the other.

Visitors can even help create the art in installations like Luminance Laboratory, in which customised light emitting brushes, rollers, spray cans and stencils can be used to create glowing creations on a 5 metre-wide photoluminescent canvas.

Luminance Laboratory

Performance art includes:
Subxterrestrial an imaginary world of creatures from an imagined future subterranean habitat, altered through climate change
FitzroY2K a retrospective that will take you back to the turn of the century when Y2K paranoia was rampant;
Post Self Expression an exploration of the idea of a future where self-expression is a thing of the past;
My Ancestral Roots an exploration of an ancestral migration encased within a prefabricated tent; and
A Congregation of Light participatory light painting with musical soundscapes and interactive elements stationed on a mobile Projector Bike.

A Congregation of Light

While musical acts performing over the week include local community street choirs; garage pop explosion, Empat Lima; soulful four-piece, Karate Boogaloo; hip hop inspired artist, Iraamin; and rapper, Tumi The Be.

For the full program and an overview of the light and video projections that will be on display head here:

Omagatoki the Hour of Meeting Monsters

Maps will be available from festival volunteers so no projection is missed.

Rug up, brave the winter nights and head to Gertrude Street for some enthralling enchantment this winter.
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Why? Be enchanted by Gertrude Street's kaleidoscope of projections
When: Friday 21 July - Sunday 30 July 2017
Where: Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Well done, Vicky on your 3rd in the comp!
by Elaine (score: 3|6665) 799 days ago
Congratulations winning third place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 798 days ago
Love the idea of a street projection festival! Every city should have one. Congrats on your 3rd place win in the competition!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3380) 798 days ago
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