Celebrating new work by emerging student artists

The Student Union at the University of Melbourne has been contributing directly to Melbourne’s cultural life for well over fifty years. Mudfest has become a significant driving-force of creative power and since its inception in 1990 has established itself as a cultural icon on the emerging arts scene in Melbourne.

Mudfest has grown to encompass all forms of artistic expression. Presented every two years by the University of Melbourne Student Union, Mudfest nurtures, encourages and supports new and innovative arts practices among students, while also providing them with professional and creative development opportunities.

This year Mudfest will ask the question “How do we respond to an increasingly frightening world?” Under the theme of ‘HATCH’ we hope to present responses that vary from kindness to rage, from small and quiet acts of hope, to loud and furious acts of resistance. The works will be cultivated with the aim to provoke both artistic and conscious growth.

Mudfest provides students with the unique opportunity to be a part of a festival environment that encourages cross-pollination with other disciplines and approaches, as well as fostering an environment of inclusion, and development. In 2017 Mudfest will maintain the initiative of showcasing works that are environmentally sustainable and accessible to people living with disability, encouraging artists to share their work in an inclusive and ethical environment.

The team at Mudfest would like to give a special thanks to the University of Melbourne Theatre Board for their generous support and guidance, this festival would not be what it is without them.

Mudfest would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and play, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We would like to pay our respects to their Elders Past, Present, and Future, and extend that respect to any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Inslander people attending this event. Sovereignty was never ceded.


About UMSU







We believe there is a gap between emerging artists and the renowned voices of the global arts community, which is why our vision for Mudfest is to create a unique pathway for student artists to connect with the Melbourne arts scene, and learn from its passionate contributors. This festival aims to connect students to industry professionals – emerging voices to leading arts practitioners – through the collaborative mentorship initiative we offer to artists in their creative development. Mudfest is seeking in kind support, product and service donations for the best possible outcome of the festival, and the emerging artists it showcases. These could be any of the following:

  • Food and Beverage supplies or discounts
  • Workshop Facilitators
  • Books
  • Vouchers (eg. Workshop registration, master classes)
  • Tickets (eg. One offs or season passes)
  • Collaboration opportunities (eg. Internships, placements and/or secondments)
  • Technical Equipment or discounts
  • Anything you would offer to aspiring artists!

To find out more about what we are offering our partners, take a look at our Partnerships Information Booklet.



As part of our commitment to creating career pathways for student artists, Mudfest will present a host of awards on the final night of the festival. If you have a particular idea for an award you would like to see given, or would like to offer one yourself (whether it be monetary or gift based), please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by sending an email to mudfestarts@gmail.com with the subject header ‘Awards’.

If you would like to find out more about supporting the festival, check out our Partnerships Information Booklet.