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 Mentor

A new role in 2019, The Mudfest Mentor primary function is to mentor the Mudfest Artistic Directors and the Production Team and to support the successful delivery of an 8 day student arts festival in August 2019 at the University of Melbourne, Parkville campus.

The Mudfest Mentor role will involve working in close collaboration with a multi-disciplinary student team and in consultation with key stakeholders, including UMSU staff. This new role will advise on systems of organisation and festival structure and will take the Mudfest Artistic Directors’ lead regarding the concept development, aims and subsequent artistic direction of the festival.

For this role, unlike the other roles of the production team we are seeking someone with professional level qualifications and/or experience in Arts or Festival Management.

Mudfest Mentor Expression of Interest Call Out

Mudfest Mentor Supporting Document


Production Manager, Deputy Production Manager, Marketing and Publicity Manager and Website and Ticketing Coordinator

Opened on Monday the 11th of February

Close on Monday the 11th of March at 9AM

Mudfest 2019 Production Manager Expression of Interest Callout

(Note: the Deputy Production Manager will be chosen from those who express interest for the Production Manager role)

Mudfest 2019 Marketing and Publicity Manager Expression of Interest Callout

Mudfest 2019 Website and Ticketing Coordinator Expression of Interest Callout


Access Manager and Sustainability Manager

Opened on Monday the 18th of February

Mudfest 2019 Access Manager Expression of Interest Callout

Mudfest 2019 Sustainability Manager Expression of Interest Callout

Close on Monday the 18th of March at 9AM


Creative Producers (Music, Moving Image, Visual Art, Interdisciplinary and Performing Arts)

Opened on Monday the 25th of February

Close on Monday the 25th of March at 9AM


Artist Expressions of Interests open April – Watch this Space

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