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HOT: Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

HOT: Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Gertrude Street Projection Festival is an annual free light, sound and art exhibition celebrating winter on one of Melbourne’s most vibrant streets.

Shop fronts, laneways, windows and footpaths light up for a self-guided walking tour of Fitzroy and Collingwood from Friday 21 July to Sunday 30 July 2017.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 15 July - 24 July 2016, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy  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 and public transport nightmares.

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 of the night 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

Previous programs 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;

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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;

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

  • Download the program to help plan your night in advance;
  • To cover the whole route allow 1-1.5 hours; and
  • Park on side streets or take public transport, tram $86, #112 or #109.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

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

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