Mudfest is a student-led arts festival run every two years by the University of Melbourne Student Union. In 2021, Mudfest ran online from the 5th to the 13th of August responding to the theme, HOME.
Since its inception in 1990, Mudfest has become a significant driving force of creative power and has established itself as a cultural icon on the vibrant arts scene in Narrm/Melbourne. Featuring works spanning a diverse range of arts practices from performing arts, music, film and visual arts, the festival also encourages innovative interdisciplinary experimentations between established artistic mediums that defy categorisation and broaden the boundaries of art and creativity.
A significant part of Mudfest’s history is that it has been student-run and student-led since 2011, providing students with leadership roles and professional development opportunities within an exciting festival environment. Though Mudfest has traditionally been delivered on The University of Melbourne’s Parkville and Southbank campuses, during the COVID-19 pandemic the festival adapted to digital delivery, providing opportunities for students and audiences from across the world to engage and participate online. With an established history and a strong reputation, Mudfest consistently attracts thousands of attendees to bear witness to the abundant creativity of the student community that feeds indelibly into the greater arts culture of Narrm.
Mudfest’s core values include fostering accessibility, inclusion, sustainability and artistic development. Mudfest prides itself on showcasing works that are environmentally sustainable as well as accessible to people living with disabilities, encouraging artists to share their work in an inclusive and ethical environment.
Mudfest will return in 2023.
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While we wait for the festival to return in 2023, let’s relive the art and the exuberance of Mudfest 2021 through the official Mudfest After Movie.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live, work, and learn. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.