This year Mudfest asked the question: “How do we respond to an increasingly frightening world?”.
Under the theme of ‘HATCH’ we presented responses that varied from kindness to rage, from small and quiet acts of hope, to loud and furious acts of resistance. The works were cultivated with the aim to provoke both artistic and conscious growth.
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, and development. Mudfest nurtures, encourages and supports new and innovative arts practices among students, while also providing them with professional and creative development opportunities.
In 2017 Mudfest mainted 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 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. Presented every two years by UMSU, Mudfest has grown to encompass all forms of artistic expression.