Opening Night Ceremony
Join us for the official opening of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival outside in the Atherton Gardens Estate for slam poets, acapella singing and the marching girls of The Red Brigade. The Festival’s Opening night coincides with the inaugural City of Yarra music festival Leaps and Bounds, so there will buskers and musicians in and outside venues along Gertrude Street. The party continues at the first ever GSPF Festival Hub located upstairs at Gertrude’s Brown Couch from 7pm till late – featuring DJ Andrew McClelland and 80s Dance Troup Real Hot Bitches; Food and drinks by Phat Brats and Wild Horse café will be available.
Date: Fri 19 July 2013
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Venue: Atherton Gardens
Bookings: No booking required
Special performances by Abe Ape, Quashani Bahd, Vissolela Ndenzako and The Red Brigade.
Choir performances by Living Out Loud, Gorani, Breathing Space Women’s Choir, Dean Frenkel Part of the Boite – Music for a better world.
Installation by E2 and the Light Foundation.
Abe Ape is a Melbourne based writer, poet, spoken word artist and co-founder of Sudmedia, an independent film and media group involved in the production of films and music videos. Abe has the power to captivate his audience with heart wrenching and thought provoking words.
Sharon ‘Shaniqua’ Makombeshamu, who performs under the name of Quashani Bahd, is a solo artist born in Zimbabwe. Her signature style and genre of music ‘Regglues’, is born out of a passion for reggae and adoration for the blues.
Vissolela Ndenzako is a Melbourne based screen-writer, poet, playwright and aspiring film maker. A former Food Scientist turned writer, her stories are inspired the frailty of human existence.
The Red Brigade
Fresh from playing The Falls Festival and Big Day Out, The Red Brigade is Australia’s first girl Brigade dedicated to discovering the power of self expression through marching and music. Not to be confused with The Girls’ Brigade, Girl Brigading has erupted in Melbourne with an irrepressible momentum. These gals have danced into the danger-zone; finding true enrichment in life through losing all sense of self-control or reverence.
E2 and the Light Foundation
Using solar powered lights this installation highlights the just how light can change the lives of millions. The Light Foundation is a non profit organisation providing solar light and energy for the developing world. Giving light is investing in the well-being of future generations by improving health, education and economic potential. E2 Melbourne, a team of experiential designers, have created an immersive installation exploring illumination and life in the absence of light.