New Student Precinct Festival 2018

Join us for a day of fun and festivities!

We are proud to present the New Student Precinct Festival on Wednesday 3 October on the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus.

Staff, students, alumni and our community are invited to this free, all-day event centred on Art, Design, Sustainability and Indigenous Engagement. Book in for a range of deep-dive talks, tours and workshops, or drop by for lunch in the 1888 Garden with food trucks, live music, planting, free food tasting and more.

All events are free, but places may be limited, so book today!

Download the Festival program and map


  • Morning Session, 9:00am - 12:00pm (bookings required)

    Project partners, architects, designers and consultants will facilitate workshops, presentations and interactive activities centred on the themes of Design and Sustainability.

    What's Behind the Hoarding? A New Student Precinct Site Tour
    Ever wanted to explore a demolition site? Curious about construction? Join the Project Team with Project Managers, Codicote, on a tour of the Project’s early and enabling site and learn about building at a precinct-scale.
    When:   9:15am - 10:00am (tour one), 9:45am - 10:30am (tour two)
    Ross McKay Courtyard, Gate 8 Grattan Street, University of Melbourne
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    Innovation through Collaboration – Technological Solutions in the New Student Precinct – Lucid Consulting
    How can technology change the user experience of the Precinct? Work in groups to develop ideas and present on how your New Student Precinct could look, receiving real-time feedback from the design team.
    When:  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Where: Engagement Space (former Tsubu Cafe), 1888 Building, University of Melbourne
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    Have Your Say: Sustainability in the New Student Precinct
    This session will be led by award-winning urban and landscape architects Breathe Architecture, who will present and discuss sustainability in the Precinct. Join in the discussion and workshop sustainability solutions that could be applied in the Precinct.
    When:  10:00am - 11:30am
    Where: Foundation Life Members Room, Level 1, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne
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    The Life and Work of an Engineer – Irwinconsult
    Come and hear from civil and structural engineering consultants and University alumni in this informative panel, discussing the evolving role of a structural and civil engineer on large-scale, complex construction projects. Panellist's will also provide insight into the transition from study into industry. The event will culminate in a networking session with an opportunity to talk to the presenters over morning tea.
    When: 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Where: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1 Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne
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  • Lunchtime Session, 12:00pm -  3:00pm (open event, no bookings required)

    Drop in for a lively lunchtime session open to all, hosted in the 1888 Garden with live music, food trucks, giveaways, Indigenous bush food and performances. Interactive activities will also be run by our design our partners, Lyons Architecture, Architects EAT, Aurecon, Indigenous students, the Fair Food Unicycle, research students and the Living Pavilion.

    Festival Welcome and Keynote: Reconciliation - Can you keep up?
    A lunchtime presentation on the Project’s significant Indigenous engagement by Jefa Greenaway, University of Melbourne academic and Indigenous architect.
    When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Live Music
    Live sets from a stellar line-up of accomplished Melbourne-based acts:
    Elizabeth 12:40pm - 1:00pm
    Alice Skye 1:30pm - 2:00pm
    TERRY 2:10pm - 2:40pm
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    Food Trucks
    Come and enjoy a delicious, half-priced bite from two of Melbourne’s favourite food trucks, Sliders on Tyres and Taco Truck!.
    When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Living Pavilion Indigenous Planting
    Get your hands dirty while making your campus more sustainable. Join the Living Pavilion and the University of Melbourne Community Garden in planting Indigenous native grasses that will feature in the Living Pavilion Festival happening in April 2019 on the Parkville Campus.
    When: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Bushfoods Taste-a-thon with Dean Stewart
    Discuss and taste bushfoods with Wemba Wemba-Wergaia man and founder of Aboriginal Tours and Education Melbourne (A-TAEM), Dean Stewart.
    When: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Fair Food Challenge
    Meet the Fair Food Challenge Team! Grab a piece of free fruit and take advantage of their reusable plates, cups and cutlery service to make the festival a waste-free event.
    When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Conversation Couch: The Meaning of Reconciliation 
    Meet with one of the University's Indigenous students to discuss the meaning of Reconciliation. Reflections will be captured on film to create a digital artwork, forming a time capsule of student faces and voices.
    When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Smorgasboard: Food in the New Student Precinct
    What do you want to eat on campus? This relaxed, interactive session, presented by New Student Precinct architects, Architects EAT,  will invite Festival goers to share what their ideal campus dining experience would look like.
    When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Teaching and Learning: Student Research in the New Student Precinct with Alex Morse
    Meet New Student Precinct Student Researcher, Alex Morse, to discuss his exciting research conducted as part of the NSP Project and sharing his experience working on an aspect of this new development on campus.
    When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    In the Hot Seat with NMBW Architects
    Take a seat with award winning architects from NMBW Architecture and pick out the types of seating you want to see the Precinct.
    When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Sustainable building materials: Application, Innovation and the New Student Precinct - Aurecon
    Construction is rarely considered an environmentally friendly or sustainable industry. Meet the University of Melbourne Researcher's wanting to change that! See and experiment with examples of sustainable building materials currently being developed and considered for use in the New Student Precinct and discuss the groundbreaking research being conducted at the University of Melbourne.
    When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Designing the New Student Precinct
    View the latest designs and development of the New Student Precinct and meet New Student Precinct principal architects, Lyons Architecture, as they share the latest Precinct designs.
    When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Ida Pop-up Performances
    The cast of the Union Theatre’s latest production, Ida, will perform short musical and dance numbers throughout the day. You’ll never know where they might pop-up next!
    When: it's a secret!

  • Afternoon Session, 3:00pm - 7:30pm (bookings required)

    The afternoon session will focus on the theme of Art, Culture and Design and will culminate in panel discussion with internationally renowned architects, Carey Lyon and Julie Eizenberg, both University of Melbourne alumni now working on the New Student Precinct Project.

    Next Wave's Creative Activations at the New Student Precinct
    Join Next Wave on the tour of the outdoor artworks currently on display around the Precinct. The tour will feature talks and performances by leading artists in collaboration with University of Melbourne students, as well as a ceremony to award the winner of the New School Art Prize.
    When:  3:15pm for a 3:30pm start. Tour runs to 4:30pm.
    Where: Ross McKay Courtyard, Gate 8 Grattan Street, University of Melbourne
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    'A quiet game of disobedience' with Kym Maxwell
    Do you want to question regular behaviour in public spaces at the New Student Precinct? Kym Maxwell wants to too, enticing you to explore Alan Kaprow’s 60’s art theory ‘How to Make a Happening’. We will deliberately intervene in space in unexpected ways as if in a quiet game of disobedience. This two-hour workshop will alter your perceptions of public space and its norms with instructional processes and inventions that are fun and playful. An experience for the sake of fun, exchange and to contradict the ordinary.
    When:  2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Where: Engagement Space (former Tsubu Cafe), 1888 Building, University of Melbourne
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    Architects Julie Eizenberg and Carey Lyon in Conversation
    Globally renowned architects, Julie Eizenberg and Carey Lyon, University of Melbourne alumni, will share both their experience of the University of Melbourne and working on award winning projects around the world.
    When:  6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Where: B117 Theatre, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
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