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HOT: Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Fitzroy

Gertrude Street Projection Festival is an annual free light, sound and art exhibition celebrating winter. It's Australia’s longest-running projection festival and takes up residence for nine nights on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy and Collingwood.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 15 July - 24 July 2016, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Shopfronts, laneways, windows and footpaths light up for a self-guided walking tour of one of Melbourne's most vibrant streets from Friday 26 July to Sunday 3 August 2019.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 15 July - 24 July 2016, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

I have taken Lady AB to Gertrude Street Projection Festival for the past few years and have loved the experience every time. It’s sort of like ‘White Night Lite’ – a manageable selection of projection art lighting up an interesting retail streetscape without the crowds of White Night.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 15 July - 24 July 2016, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

We’ve even got a routine now – pizza dinner at Ladro to kick off the evening then rugging up with our torches to see what we can discover.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 15 July - 24 July 2016, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 15 July - 24 July 2016, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 15 July - 24 July 2016, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Previous years have expanded the program beyond projection art, including installation and performance.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 15 July - 24 July 2016, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

The beauty of Gertrude Street Projection Festival is that it's a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure so you can choose to wind your way however you wish and take your time to absorb the works you enjoy.

HOT Tips:

  • Start your night with an early dinner at Ladro at 5/5:30pm. They have a great children’s menu with a pizza or pasta plus dessert for $12.50;
  • Projections start at 6pm;
  • Bring a torch, glow sticks and maybe even some hand made paper shadow puppets;
  • If you do go to Ladro our preferred table is table number 4 (for 4 people) because it’s in the corner with two large blank white walls. Have fun experimenting with light and shadows while waiting for our dinner to arrive.
  • Rug up, there’s not much shelter on the street. Wear white for extra excitement!
  • With kids I don’t think it’s worthwhile visiting the special performances or interior exhibits. I noticed that they enjoyed just being out on the street, looking all around them, than sitting still in a gallery. It also takes the pressure having to be at a certain place at a certain time.
  • Note some of the works may not be appropriate for children;
  • Check out the program in advance to help plan your night;
  • To cover the whole route allow 1-1.5 hours; and
  • Park on side streets or take public transport, tram $86, #112 or #109.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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