Mudfest Production Team Callouts

About Mudfest

The saying often goes that “home is where the heart is”. And while that may be true for many, ‘home’ can have no uniform meaning. It brings joy, it brings pain, it brings the comfort of familiarity and carries the heavy heartedness of nostalgia. Coming from a year and a half where people have been confined to their homes or separated from their homes, this theme holds a weight different than ever before. For Mudfest 2021, we want to create a safe space for you to express your feelings about home through a variety of artforms. So, whether the thought of home makes you want to grab a warm blanket or crack open a cold one, this explosive eight-day festival of creative power and artistic expression could be just the place for you. 

Presented biennially by the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU), Mudfest is a student-led arts festival that nurtures, encourages and supports new and innovative arts practices amongst students, while also providing them with professional and creative development opportunities. Since its inception in 1990, Mudfest has established itself as a cultural icon in Melbourne’s emerging arts scene and has grown to encompass all forms of artistic expression. 

With the addition of a digital component to the festival, Mudfest 2021 will not only foster, but will also rely upon students’ willingness to experiment and play within a new and exciting form of art-making. Now more than ever, artists and production team members are encouraged to build a festival that celebrates the experimental whilst also being environmentally sustainable and accessible to a diverse range of students and audiences including people living with disability and those living outside of Melbourne. Responding to this theme, Home, Mudfest 2021 will run from 5-13 August and will occur in a dual-delivery format with a large part offered online interspersed with COVIDsafe events held at our Parkville and Southbank campuses, aiming to create engagement between student artists and our wider student family, no matter where home is for you. 

Mudfest is an opportunity for current students to engage, upskill and learn about festival production through on the ground experience in a team of peers with diverse skills and experience. Therefore, EVERYONE eligible is encouraged to apply, particularly BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals, as well as individuals living with disability. 


Expression of Interest Process

Expressions of Interest should be emailed and addressed to Vaishnavi Ravikrishna and Merryn Hughes, the 2021 Creative Arts Officers. Please use the subject heading “ (_Your Role_) Expression of Interest” and include a brief cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria (maximum one A4 page), a CV and contact details for 2 referees. Expressions of Interest should be emailed as a single document (doc or pdf) to  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview the following week to be held either online or in Union House, First Floor, University of Melbourne, Parkville, 3010.


Round 4 Callouts (Close Monday, 17th May, 9:00 AM AEST)


Volunteer Coordinator Callout 

(1) Mudfest 2021 Volunteer Coordinator Info (.doc)  (2) Mudfest 2021 Volunteer Coordinator Info (.pdf)


Front of House Manager Callout 

(1) Mudfest 2021 Front of House Manager Info (.doc)  (2) Mudfest 2021 Front of House Manager Info (.pdf)


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.