This year's West Projections Festival is lighting up with the literary theme of 'non/Fiction'. Running every night from August 17–26, the annual after-dark festival will see an entire area bathed in breathtaking light as more than 36 unique spaces around Footscray play host to specially commissioned works of pop-up public art.
Supported by Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council, this year's festival promises to be the most expansive yet. Sites include Harley & Rose, Mr West, SIMS Supermarket, Seddon Wine Store and Chambers Street.
Forming the spine of the festival are seven hour-long art walks, each of which will take participants on a different route around the suburb and end at a participating bar. There'll also be spoken word performances, roving projections, a VR dance party and a pop-up bar – and don't be surprised to see a convoy of food trucks rolling around the neighbourhood, either.
The festival will kick off with a launch party at Nicholson Street Mall on Friday, August 17, from 6–9pm, which will feature plenty of food, art and live music.
This year, the festival spreads across the inner west, too — with a pop-up in Seddon's Victoria and Charles Streets running across two nights, August 3 and 4; and West Footscray's pop-up in Barkly Street running from August 10–11.