21-28 August 2019

About Mudfest:


Presented every two years by the UMSU Creative Arts Department, Mudfest is the largest student run festival in the southern hemisphere. Mudfest has become a significant driving-force of creative power and since its inception in 1990 has established itself as a cultural icon on the emerging arts scene in Melbourne.

Mudfest has grown to encompass all forms of artistic expression including visual art, performing arts, film, music and interdisciplinary artforms. Mudfest nurtures, encourages and supports new and innovative arts practice amongst students, while also providing them with professional and creative development opportunities.

This year Mudfest will revolve around the theme ‘Regeneration’. This stems from the dire need for fundamental change within the frightening reality of our world. “Necessity is the mother of invention”, and the challenges we currently face as a global society provide the impetus for change and regeneration. This year’s festival contemplates the idea that regeneration is necessary in times of need and always to allow us to flourish.  We must change and evolve to ultimately thrive. In Mudfest 2019 we provide the fertile soils to allow our artists to rediscover and push boundaries. We support emerging artists to develop and blossom in their practice as they grow and learn, producing new original work in response to their reality. Mudfest 2019 is about growth in all its many facets, artistically, professionally and as a community.

Mudfest provides students with the unique opportunity to be a part of a festival environment that encourages cross-pollination with other disciplines and approaches, as well as fostering an environment of inclusion, sustainability and development. In 2019 Mudfest will maintain the initiative of showcasing works that are environmentally sustainable and accessible to people living with disability, encouraging artists to share their work in an inclusive and ethical environment.

Mudfest Production Team

In 2019 the Mudfest Production Team consists of:

Co-Artistic Directors

Mudfest Mentor

Production Manager

Deputy Production Managers

Marketing & Publicity Manager

Website & Ticketing Coordinator

Access Manager

Sustainability Manager

Music Creative Producer

Moving Image Creative Producer

Visual Arts Creative Producer

Performing Arts Creative Producer

Interdisciplinary Creative Producer


Expressions of interest for these roles are now closed and the team is being finalised, so what this space for a Mudfest 2019 Production Team announcement coming soon!

Mudfest Artist Expressions of Interest are NOW OPEN!

So click the tab below for the Expression of Interest Form and more information about applying! Expressions of Interest close on Monday the 13th of May.

Closer to the festival there will also be opportunities to be a part of the Mudfest Frontline Team as well as volunteering opportunities – so keep an eye out for all things Mudfest!

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