Atherton Gardens Lights Up


The Gertrude Street Projection Festival is underway and the Atherton Gardens Public Housing Estate is the star of the show.

For people who don’t live around Fitzroy, a trip there to see dazzling colours projected on to the public housing tower is certainly well worthwhile.

There are over 30 sites with projections and other art as well as roving singers and musicians. The Festival runs to Saturday 24 July. Each night till then the free show starts at 6.00pm and closes at midnight.

Organisers are also trying to encourage Festival goers to explore the open space in the Atherton Gardens Public Housing Estate. There is plenty to see and do on the Estate and the Festival is helping to break down the barriers between public housing and the rest of the community.

The Gertrude Street Projection Festival website states:

“Visit the Atherton Gardens Precinct for a program that extends beyond projection art. We invite you to venture off the main strip to explore installations by local established and emerging artists. Explore the Gardens and discover a range of light sculptures, sound based installations, renegade projections and multi-faceted performance space.

The Atherton Estate is home to a number of communities and is an intrinsic part of Fitzroy’s culture and heritage. By opening the Atherton Gardens up as an exhibition space and platform for performance, the GSPF aims to further integrate audience members with the local area and community. We’d like to thank the Atherton Gardens community for opening up their parks and public spaces for the Festival.”

In 2016 the Gertrude Street Projection Festival celebrates its ninth year of staging inner Melbourne’s most visible and accessible free arts festival.

The Atherton Gardens Precinct part of the Festival is supported by Yarra Youth Services, the Victorian State Government through the Fitzroy Renewal Team and RMIT.