Above Water Launch

Come along to the Above Water Launch party!

Above Water is a magazine collaboration between the UMSU Creative Arts and UMSU Media Departments which is published annually and is a stunning display of student artistic skill in writing, illustration, digital art, photography, and all the good things!

Showcasing all the best creative pieces by UniMelb students, the Above Water Creative Writing Anthology launch is a night to celebrate each others’ talents!✨

So pour yourself a bev of your choice and enjoy what is sure to be a fun night!

🌊 When: Thursday, 30th September
🌊 Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM AEST
🌊 Register here to receive the Zoom link!

🖤Farrago Edition 3 & 4 Launch🖤

We had to postpone our last launch, but you can’t keep Farrago down! We’re back and holding a virtual launch party to celebrate the release of our 3rd & 4th editions! 🤩 BYO some of your fav snacks 🍿or beveraginos🍷, enjoy virtual mingling and readings from the mag! Learn how to get involved, all welcome ❤️
👉WHEN: Fri 20 August, 5.30-7.30pm
👉WHERE: Online!
👉Facebook Event (includes Zoom link)

☃️ Farrago Edition 3 & 4 launch ☃️

At this stage due to Melbourne’s snap lockdown no in-person events will be taking place on campus. However, please watch this space for updates based on public health advice.

We had to postpone our last launch, but you can’t keep Farrago down! We’re back and better than ever with our WinterFest launch party. Come celebrate the release of our 3rd & 4th editions with mingling, readings from the mag and FREE drinks and snacks🍸 Bar tab + in-person, human interaction? Yes please 🥰 Come celebrate new work and learn how to get involved! All welcome ❤️

👉Fri 30 July, 5-7pm
👉Ida Bar, Union House.
👉Register to attend: https://forms.gle/8EfoLz4vpgYBAtq2A
Remember: We all have a responsibility to keep our campuses safe. You must read UMSU’s COVID-safe events attendee information before attending any WinterFest event. Please review UniMelb’s campus guidelines and complete an online health declaration before coming to campus – proof of completion may be required to enter UMSU events or spaces. Do not come to campus if you are unwell.

Farrago Edition Three 2021 Launch

✨Farrago’s Edition 3 launch is right around the corner!✨

Farrago is the University of Melbourne’s official student publication! Our theme for our Third Edition of 2021 is 🌼Retro🌼 so come along to our launch party and get into the groove of the swinging 60s, flower power✌️era on the 26 May for a night of mingling, readings from the mag and FREE drinks and snacks to be had – who doesn’t love a bar tab?🍸 Whether you were involved or want to learn how to get involved, everyone is welcome to join!🤩

🌟When: 5-7pm, 26 May
🌟Where: Ida Bar, Level 1 Union House
🌟Register now! Spots are limited so get in quick!!

Journalism in Colour with Ayah Alkhars

The UMSU People of Colour x Media Collective is presenting its first Workshop: Journalism in Colour with guest speaker Ayah Alkhars 🤩
The experience of journalists varies depending on their racial background.
Join us as we explore the issues journalists of colour face in the news industry as opposed to their white peers. 🗞
There will be a presentation exploring the breadth of issues that JOCs face, followed by a game where you get to live as a journalist of colour for one week in around 10 minutes! 📝
Followed by a discussion on possible solutions and explore affordances and hindrances to their implementation.
This is a non-autonomous event and open to white allies
Facebook event here .
.UMSU PoC and UMSU Media acknowledge that the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be holding this events. We pay our respect to their elders past, present, emerging and we extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Speed Friending with UMSU

Without being on campus, it can be hard to make university friends!

Although, goodness knows, tutors try to get chats going in break out rooms, and lecturers drum up excitement around Canvas discussion boards, it can be hard to move past academic content and onto the fun stuff so you can really find your people!

The UMSU Host Program has got you! This year, Speed Friending is BACK (just this time on Zoom). A fail-safe way to quickly make friends and you don’t even need to leave your house!

Held within the loving embrace of some of UMSU’s autonomous departments (meaning departments run by and for students who identify as part of the community the Department represents) and their Arts and Media counterparts, this Zoom event will allow you to meet like-minded, friend-seeking students.

This is a great way to engage with UMSU and your university peers from wherever you are in the world! Whether this is your 1st year or your 4th, come along, find some pals! You never know who is out there waiting for you to meet them.

Come make some friends…FAST !  

Thanks for coming to 2021 Speed Friending with The Host Program! 

Stay in touch by following our Facebook and Instagram to see what other great events we have on throughout the year. 


Week 1  

Monday 1st March, 6pm – General Speed Friending  

Tuesday 2nd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Women’s Department* 

Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Creative Arts and Media Departments  

Week 2  

Monday 8th March, 6pm- Speed Friending with the People of Colour Department* 

Tuesday 9th March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Queer Department* 

Wednesday 10th March, 6pm – General Speed Friending 

To figure out which event might be right for you, have a read below and click on the link to book into their Speed Friending session! 


Women’s Department*: 

The Women’s Department represents all women, non-binary, trans and gender-diverse students at the University of Melbourne. We run chill weekly collectives where you can socialise with other Gals and Enby Pals, educational events during our Feminist Fridays, as well as activist campaigns like Safety on Campus that combats sexual assault and harassment. 


Creative Arts and Media Departments:  

You love art? We do too! Creative Arts and Media are here to help all students from all backgrounds and skill-sets find their arty fam and make art at uni. From arty parties to our student magazine Farrago, we have lots on offer so come along and find your people! 


People of Colour Department*: 

We advocate for and support students of colour, whether by organizing welfare initiatives and social events or fighting for better representation on campus. There is definitely a space for you, you can express yourself and host an anti-racism workshop or submit a piece in Myriad. Pssst we have GREAT food 


Queer Department* : 

The Queer Department is a safe place for all students who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are questioning. We hold events for all of you lovely queers to meet and get to know each other, and form a community at Unimelb. We also handle advocacy and grievances for queer issues at uni. 


General Speed Friending:  

Hosted by the UMSU Host Program (the people that make your campus tours happen) this Speed Friending sesh is open to anyone so long as you’re a student!  We can’t wait to meet you!   


The UMSU Host Program and their UMSU Departmental collaborators acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we live, work, and learn, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 


Above Water Launch Party

Above Water is ready to emerge.

Chuck a costume on and join the Creative Arts and Media departments as we launch volume 16 of Above Water, the creative writing and art anthology of student works.

We will also be announcing the WINNERS from our written and visual art categories!


WHAT: Above Water Launch Party
WHEN: 6pm, Friday 30th October
DRESSCODE: Halloween but make it art


Zoom link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/86167890968…
Password: 576373


Art Credit: Anya Wong (@iamiokzi).

Logo Credit: original design by Clara Jose, adapted by Bethany Cherry.


Above Water and the Creative Arts and Media Offices acknowledge the True Custodians of the land on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations, and pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. We also extend our acknowledgement to the First Nations students in our community. Sovereignty was never ceded.

You’ve been wading through the motions of 2020.
You keep going with art and writing.
Should you dare to win a prize?
Participate in art and create?

Above Water 2020 is now open for submissions!

Above Water is the annual creative writing and illustration competition hosted by the Creative Arts and Media Departments of the University of Melbourne Student Union. Shortlisted submissions are published within the anthology, with prizes for winners in both categories.

Peel back the lilypads and submit artwork and written pieces to abovewater@farragomagazine.com by July 22nd, 11:59PM. You must be a current student at the University of Melbourne to enter. This deadline was extended from the 15th of July.

Written and Art Submission Guidelines: https://www.facebook.com/notes/above-water/2020-written-and-art-guidelines/3253827564637877/?av=734257526594906&eav=AfbmaCz3G-7yKv6GnCbcT9DBXjuQvezrXQf1p4tNZRdZaCJTdeUnl8owZ4Y5Kh4Ke10

Check out the Facebook event for reminders to submit and updates from the UMSU Creative Arts and Media departments.

We are waiting for your wonderings. Get ready.

Artwork: Kitman Yeung.
Above Water Logo: Bethany Cherry based on the original design by Clara Jose.

This competition runs as part of UMSU. UMSU, as well as the Creative Arts and Media Offices, are located on the Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to Elders, past and present, and extend that respect to the First Nations students in this community. The land we are on and the lands we are working from were stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.

Are you a student of colour? Want to participate in student media? Come along to our joint fortnightly collective, where we’ll be catching up on all things media and helping one another get more involved across our departments! These events will be autonomous to students of colour.

Farrago Edition 1 Launch Party

Thursday, 28 February 2019
North Court, Union House

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We’re so excited to launch our first edition for 2019, and we want you to come celebrate with us! Whether you’re into cricket, doctors or drugs, Edition One has something for you—and if none of that appeals, there will be free food and drinks, and bops supplied by Radio Fodder!

If this is your first time at a Farrago event, or you just need a friend, feel free to message Carolyn, Katie, Ruby or Stephanie beforehand, and/or come find us at the party! We’d love to meet some new people (and also we spend so much time in the office we need to remember how to socialise, please you’d be doing us a favour).

This event is being held on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their elders—past, present and emerging—and acknowledge that the land we are on was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded.