Over the next two weekends Fitzroy will light up and transform into a vibrant, living artwork for the ninth annual Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

Spanning 38 sites, the festival is an interactive treasure hunt. You can find digital-media works projected down alleyways, in shop windows, against buildings and on the move via roving events.

“We like the spontaneity of people just stumbling upon things that might not be there for long,” says festival director Nicky Pastore.

This year welcomes two new curators, Amanda Haskard and Arie Rain Glorie, who have asked established and emerging artists this year to create a “living environment of memory”.

The main players on the strip will be lit up again this year, including The Gertrude Hotel and Builders Arms. Atherton Gardens is its own precinct, and residents of the flats have been invited to collaborate.

The GSPF has also brought back its mentorship program. It creates opportunities for emerging artists.

Get our pick of the best news, features and events delivered twice a week

Nadia Faragaab, one of the mentee artists, will use ultrasound images of her tongue to explore voice recognition and biometrics as a form of government surveillance in her work Gestural Intent.

Another project emerging from the mentorship program is The Detour, a unique projection performance inside a car that ducks through the alleys of Fitzroy.

The Catfish will be the festival hub again. It’s home to live performances presented by Good Manners, Paradise, Musicians 4 Hearing and more.

The Gertrude Street Projection Festival runs from July 15–24 along Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.

Broadsheet is a proud media partner of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.