The Gertrude Street Projection Festival has lit up Fitzroy for ten years in a row. But, this year, it's changing things up. Instead of going for ten nights, 2018's festival — which is usually held in winter — will run over just two nights in conjunction with Melbourne Fringe. According to organisers the Centre for Projection Art, this condensed format will allow for "creative development and careful research".
But, you'll be happy to note, everything else seems to be much the same. On the evening of Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, light projections from will once take over Gertrude Street and Atherton Gardens. And, best of all, it will still be free.
This year's feature artist is local installation artist Kate Geck, who has created a large-scale kaleidoscopic projection piece that will be shown on community housing estate Atherton Towers. The full artist program is yet to be announced but the projections — which last year illuminated everything from shopfronts to footpaths to the trees in the gardens — will be turned on from 6–9pm each night. Plus, on Friday, there will be DJs and live music happening in the gardens. We recommend having a wander and then finishing up with a $10 negroni at Archie's All Day.