MUDFEST has arrived

August 15 / 165

The biennial MUDFEST, Australia’s largest and longest-running student arts festival, has begun.
The biennial MUDFEST, Australia’s largest and longest-running student arts festival, has begun.


The Student Union’s MUDFEST, Australia’s largest and longest-running student arts festival, has begun. 


Celebrating its 25th year, the biennial festival is dedicated to showcasing the emerging talent of the independent arts scene. This year’s MUDFEST premieres over 70 new works spanning theatre, music, visual art, experimental art, and everything in between. 


Boasting a pop up bar, circus tent, 100 per cent recycled materials and over 500 artists, Mudfest 2015 is providing an exciting look at where Victoria’s arts scene is heading.


The remaining three days of the festival, which runs until Saturday 29 August, features a wide range of programs designed to entertain, inspire and challenge across sound, performance, visual art and film. 


Festival directors Bonnie Leigh-Dodds and Isabella Vadiveloo have approached this year’s festival as “a celebration of community spirit, of coming together to embrace the University of Melbourne’s diverse and vibrant arts culture.”


“It’s been wonderful so far, with strong attendances of students, alumni and the general public coming along to make it a really vibrant and welcoming festival,” Ms Vadiveloo said. 


“It’s a warm, colourful, artistic haven in the middle of the winter campus,,so be sure to drop in. There are evening and night programs but also day programs, so you can bring your lunch and enjoy some great arts programs.”


MUDFEST appoints different directors each year. For Ms Leigh-Dodds and Ms Vadiveloo, their stint has been a great experience.


“It’s been fantastic, we’ve had a great response from artists and audiences, and it’s been wonderful to work with such a dedicated team – great to see everyone working together and bring it to life,” Ms Vadiveloo said.


MUDFEST celebrates diverse and original art, seeking to provide accessibility and welcome to artists and audience members alike. In 2015, the festival offers Auslan interpreters, audio describers and captioners, a commitment to wheelchair accessible venues and free access awareness training for all artists, volunteers and ushers.

Catch MUDFEST around the University’s Parkville campus, underground carparks, banquet halls, theatres, trees and cupboards.  See the Mudfest for details,, or the hashtag is #mudfest2015 for instagrammers.

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