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See the streets of Melbourne's western suburbs light up this August

Melbourne’s west is getting its own little slice of White Night this August when West Projections Festival returns for its fifth year. West Projections Festival 2018 will feature more than 25 artists who will light up the west with large-scale projections, animation, performance, virtual reality and sound installations from August 3 to 26.

The month-long festival of lights, sounds and art has expanded this year to include pop-up locations in West Footscray and Seddon, as well as in its home base of Footscray. A total of 36 locations will be lit up this year including laneways, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, art spaces and train stations.

The theme for this year’s festival is non/Fiction, so you can expect the festival highlights to have a distinctly literary edge. West Projections encourages visitors to take self-guided tours, but this year it will also be running special events for those looking for something different. Highlights include This Will Be My Last Test (a multidisciplinary performance in an alleyway), a virtual reality dance party at Mr West and an immersive family disco.

The official festival launch is happening Friday, August 17 at Nicholson Mall, Footscray. The free event will have live music, performance, virtual reality and lots of live projections to light up the night.

By: Nicola Dowse

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