Only a month before it lights up our historic Fitzroy street, the Gertrude Street Projection Festival is proud to announce its 2019 programme today: bigger and more beautiful than ever with hovering spirits, human canvases and VR experiences. Kicking things off on Friday July 26 from 6pm will be the free, all ages Opening Night Party at Foresters Hall, featuring a krumping session with Melbourne’s Zero Sessions, a VJ performance by Pixel Angel and a light art installation by Rachel Jessie-Rae.

Throughout the much-loved festival 22 streetscape projections will switch on, showcasing a mixture of new and established digital artists. Boundary-pushing Melbourne creatives Atong Atem and Salote Tawele will present pieces alongside Sydney-based Papua New Guinean artist Taloi Havini, who will bring her acclaimed work Habitat to GSPF.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival will close in style with a jumping block party: Perspective on Saturday August 3, 5-10pm will reverberate with the creative and communal pulse of Atherton Gardens Housing Estate, showcasing a culturally diverse range of talented young people. The evening will feature five projections and five hours of performances including rappers Ror, AKB and Girl Zone, reggae band Jah Tung and the Natural Order, a fashion parade, dance crews and DJs.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

July 26-August 3, 6pm-midnight