Melbourne’s west is getting its own little slice of White Night this August when West Projections Festival returns. This year you can look forward to one of the largest programs to date, with 40 artists lighting up the west with large-scale projections, animation, performances and musical works.
The glowing winter festival takes place across the suburbs of Footscray, West Footscray and Seddon, with a total of 38 laneways, bars, galleries, homes, shops and even Victoria University getting a bit of razzle dazzle.
The theme for this year’s festival is 'home', with works delving into what makes a home and creates sense of place. West Projections encourages visitors to take self-guided tours (you can download a guide onto your phone), but there are also guided tours available hosted by passionate local residents.
Other highlights on the program includes 'Space Disco' (a futuristic projection and soundscape taking over the Night Heron), 'Feral Kettle' (a kaleidoscopic projection series showing at Simple Form), 'The Eclipse' (a six-minute projected floral reconstruction of a lunar eclipse and a family dance party at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
The official festival launch is happening Friday, August 9 at VU at MetroWest. The event will have live music, performances and lots of live projections to fire up the festival.