Mudfest 2015


Australia’s largest and longest-running student arts festival is about to begin. The festival is celebrating its 25th year dedicated to showcasing the emerging talent of the independent arts scene. Featuring over 500 artists, the festival will premiere over 70 new works spanning theatre, music, visual art, experimental art, and everything in between.

Highlights include:

  • Wash Your Hands- Theatre meets escape room in this interactive performance. Presented over three floors of a university building, you’re on the run from a deadly virus. Can you escape without being caught?
  • Behind the Ping Pong- Two masked actors play table tennis while you control the sound and light generated directly from the energy produced by the flying ball.
  • A Night Under Bunjil- film projection and sound combine to create an immersive experience.

Festival directors Bonnie Leigh-Dodds and Isabella Vadiveloo aim to make Mudfest “a celebration of community spirit, of coming together to embrace the University of Melbourne’s diverse and vibrant arts culture”. Consistently attracting crowds of thousands, the festival is an ideal platform to engage with Melbourne’s emerging arts scene.

Mudfest 2015 is committed to celebrating diverse and original art, seeking to provide accessibility and welcome to artists and audience members alike. In 2015, the festival is offering another first:  festival-funded Auslan interpreters, audio describers and captioners; a commitment to wheelchair accessible venues; and free access awareness training for all artists, volunteers and ushers.

WHAT: Boasting a pop up bar, circus tent, 100% recycled materials and over 500 artists, Mudfest 2015 promises to be an exciting look at where Victoria’s arts scene is heading.

WHEN: Mudfest will fling open its many doors from 20 August to 29 August.

WHERE: University of Melbourne Parkville Campus- Underground carparks, grand banquet halls, theatres, trees and cupboards.  Mudfest website:

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Festival Directors:

Bonnie Leigh-Dodds

Isabella Vadiveloo