Who run the world? Girls

That’s right as the queen herself Beyonce said, girls do run the world.

This year Last Minute Productions and Stayfly Sydney are hosting the movie screening of Girl Power, on February 24 at Grumpy’s Green in Fitzroy, the first documentary about the incredible lives of female graffiti and street artists around the world.

The film has been selected from thousands of applicants to be a part of the 19th SEOUL Women’s Film Festival, happening this year.

Following Czech graffiti artist and writer Sany, who decided in 2009 to capture female emancipation in graffiti on film, Girl Power presents stories from across the world encapsulating the successes and challenges of females who have dedicated their lives to graffiti and street art in a male-dominated community.

Last Minute Productions Music Coordinator Jurnan Thorn said, “Girl Power highlights and profiles women in the art formats of painting steel and street art.”

Miss Thorn connected with Sany when she came to Australia to film parts of Girl Power. In an effort to bring the documentary to Melbourne, Last Minute Productions and Stayfly Sydney stepped in to help.

Girl Power is set to open up the discussion surrounding graffiti being perceived as vandalism and the way graffiti has been portrayed as a male dominated art expression.

Street artist and owner of Juddy Roller, a creative street art and graffiti management company in Fitzroy, Shaun Hossack said, “Females are super important to the industry, but hugely underrepresented.”

When asked about Girl Power, Hossack said, “I think anything that presents woman as equal participants in any industry is going to be positive for everyone, and there’s obviously a movement happening and an awakening within people.”

If you’re all for equal representation, exceptional films and live music, Girl Power will not disappoint. The screening will also include live artists and performers such as Wonqi Rose ft Miss Money Toast and LADY LASH.

Head here to book your tickets for Girl Power.

Written by Grace Evans

11 Reasons Why The Yarra Is Ace: A World Photo Day Celebration

It’s world photo day and we want to celebrate 177 years of photography by showcasing what makes the City of Yarra so amazing. Here are just a few reasons that we’re humbled to be part of the Yarra community.

1. Respecting and acknowledging the Wurundjeri people, who are the traditional owners of this land.



2.  The art – fine art, street art, performance art, you name it, we got it.


Installation of James Bonnici’s new solo exhibition at Lindberg Galleries. @lindberggalleries @jamesbonniciart

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The most creative traffic light busking I have ever seen! #busking #circusact #circus #hoddlestreet #melbourne 👌😂😜

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3. With hundreds of places to park your behind, food definitely makes the list.


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4. Inclusion, acceptance, tolerance and humanity feature strongly throughout the Yarra community.

When he left traces of rainbow prints so you won’t get lost 🌈 #morning #coffeehunting #gertrudest #victoria #melbourne #rainbow

A photo posted by Anisa Ornella Octaviana (@ornellanor) on



@cityofyarra we salute you. 👍 even if I did get a parking fine in Smith Street…

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5. The diversity, rich culture, beautiful colours and flavours. Without these we’d probably be South Yarra (not that there’s anything wrong with that).


#johnstonstreetfiesta #spanish #festival #paella #hispanic #melbourne 💃

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Come celebrate Melbourne’s vibrant hispanic community, today is the final day of the #johnstonstreetfiesta for 2015.

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6. There’s a never-ending list of things to see and do.

Here’s to capturing the last days of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival @_gspf.

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7. Who could forget Mary Rogers helping people cross the street over on Bridge Road in Richmond


//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsand councils efforts to represent women via their social media streams.



8. I’m going to leave this one blank because i don’t know how to describe whatever this is.



9. Love it or hate it the deconstructed coffee is said to have originated in Abbotsford…



Oops wrong one, sorry about that. Here it is…



10. The iconic Edinburgh Gardens. A place for friends, family and community.



Which more importantly, is the location of a Pikachu.



11. And last but not least is Yarra’s commitment to sustainability.




Unfortunately Kanye’s Pablo pop-up store didn’t make the list, better luck next time buddy.


By Tiyana Matliovski

Lights, Colour, Projection: How GSPF is coaxing us out into the frosty night.

Fitzroy is once again bursting with colour thanks to the annual Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

The ten day festival transforms ordinary buildings and alleyways into living works of art.

Together, artists and community members collaborate to bring innovative pieces to public spaces, solidifying community ties while promoting new and unique methods of expression.

%27Systematic Sanctions%27 by Skunk Control - credit Photographer Sandra Filipovski
Systematic Sanctions, by Skunk Control. Photographer, Sandra Filipovski

Perched behind shop windows, artists use projectors to light up footpaths, laneways and shopfronts in fluorescent images and patterns.

Among the most anticipated sites are The Gertrude Hotel and the Atherton Towers, which due to their sheer size, are the backdrop to the festivals best and most creative works.

The event will continue until Sunday the 24th of July, running every night from 6 pm until midnight and reaching 38 sites across the Fitzroy hub.

The GSPF has been a great success for the Yarra precinct with the event attracting thousands of visitors since its conception in 2007.

Sponsoring Manager, Jonathan Homsey, who is a featured artist in this year’s festival, believes the project is of significant importance to the Yarra community.

“The ultimate purpose of the festival is to bring people together and showcase projected media art.” Says Homsey.

“In a world where we could survive singularly, it is so beautiful to [be] reminded [of] the resonance and magic of people, nature and the energy that it creates as we huddle up to bask in the projections.”


In the interest of community cohesion, the GSPF caters to more than just those seeking colourful creations. While local restaurants add their own flavour to the line up, live street performances and workshops add movement, music and interaction to the space.

“It can be seen through this year’s events, a mixture of performances, workshops, installations, live bands and even some yoga,” Says Homsey.

The natural diversity of the Yarra ensures a kaleidoscope of ages, cultures and identities make up the GSPF audience.

%27Apeiron%27 by Kate Geck - credit Photographer Emma MacKenzie
‘Apeiron’ by Kate Geck. Photographer, Emma MacKenzie

It is these differences that make their common admiration of each and every artist, performer and contributor, a success.

“People give a variety of reactions, a rainbow of oohs and aahs, [they’re] enamoured by the projections. My personal favourite is seeing the reactions of the children,” Says Homsey.

For Homsey, knowing that the GSPF has become an iconic part of Fitzroy’s culture makes it all worthwhile.

“[It’s now] a part of Fitzroy’s calendar. From the commuters going home to the tourists who come in from regional Victoria… Gertrude Street Projection Festival is an annual conversation piece and way for the community to bond.”

The festival is a free event and runs every night until the 24th of July. More information can be found at: http://gspf.com.au/

*Feature Image courtesy of GSPF. Artist Kate Geck poses in front of her creation ‘Apeiron’: Photograph by Bernie Phelan

By Jamal Ben Haddou