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Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2014

Cure your winter blues with some mesmerising technicolour. Gertrude Street Projection Festival is here to shine a dazzling neon light on Fitzroy once more.
By Meg Watson
July 10, 2014
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Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2014

Cure your winter blues with some mesmerising technicolour. Gertrude Street Projection Festival is here to shine a dazzling neon light on Fitzroy once more.
By Meg Watson
July 10, 2014
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All Melburnians know that Fitzroy and Collingwood aren't known for their glitz and glamour. Yes, the coffee is good and the food is amazing, but Gertrude Street is much more likely to offer up some decaying street art and chipped paint than anything particularly fantastical. Well, that's true for all but one time of year — now in its seventh year, Gertrude Street Projection Festival is here to shine a dazzling neon light on Fitzroy once more.

From July 18-27, GSPF will be lighting up 40 sites along this small and charming street in the inner north. Works by Andy Buchanan, Arika Waulu, Ian de Druchy, Nich Azidis and Amanda Morgan will be cast upon unassuming shopfronts, houses and tree trunks; and they'll no doubt pop out at you while you least expect it on your way home from dinner.

This year's theme, 'Transcience', is both appropriate and saddening as it reminds us all that the lights will eventually go out. But that shouldn't stop you taking it all in while you can. This year's festival hub, The Catfish, will see a huge array of performances, panels, art and live music; and the projections themselves will be alight from 6pm 'til midnight every night of the festival.

It may be fleeting in nature, but we've gotta say — there's no better cure for your winter blues than some mesmerising technicolour.

Check out the full program here.


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