Festival Guide for International Students

At MWF, we understand that cultural and language barriers, financial costs and a hectic study schedule can sometimes dissuade international students from attending literary and arts events. That is why we asked six international students to help us compile a list of student-friendly Festival events, which are accessible, low-cost or free, and run outside class times on weeknights and weekends.

In this Festival Guide, we showcase the finest writers, stories and experiences which make MWF18 a must-see festival for international students, an opportunity to immerse themselves in literature and the arts, learn more about Melbourne, and make new friends.

Vanitas: Take a walk amongst the graves of Melbourne General Cemetery guided by Vanitas, an immersive new app that mixes real life documentary with touching speculation about the fate that awaits us all: death. Experienced through your own smartphone and beautifully blending original music and contemplative voices, explore Melbourne’s most historic cemetery in a completely new way. Sat 25 Aug, 10am


The Death (and Rebirth) of Sex: Sex and death: Are they inevitable partners? Why does sex tend to flourish at the start of relationships, then die off? More importantly, what can we do to (a)rouse the dead? Roger Butler of Curious Creatures and sexologist Linda Kirkman explore. Sat 25 Aug, 1pm


Walk: Melbourne Through Rainbow-Coloured Glasses Stroll alongside creative duo The Gents as they walk down memory lane, reminiscing on 16 years of life and love in Melbourne’s CBD. Exploring the personal and political, the walk will highlight places of historical significance for Melbourne’s LGBTIQ community. Sat 25 Aug, 2pm


Local Libraries: Amie Kaufman at Dandenong: Hear New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman talk about her writing, including YA sci-fi behemoths The Illuminae Files and the Starbound Trilogy, her obsession with deep space and her work as a storytelling consultant at NASA. Sun 26 Aug, 3pm


India’s #MeToo Movement: Indian author and journalist Deepanjana Pal speaks on India’s #MeToo movement and Raya Sarkar’s infamous list of abusive men. What has been the fallout, and where to next? Tue 28 Aug, 6pm


Local Libraries: Dr Karl: Why do stars shine? Why do we burp? How many universes are there in the multiverse? All the wonderful, curious, curly questions about the world and beyond, answered by Dr Karl, Australia’s most beloved scientist. Fri 31 Aug, 11am


The Boon Companions Cocktail Hour: Flora & Fauna: Celebrate the intoxicating combination of literature and nature with immersive theatre and romantic art collective, The Boon Companions. Paying tribute to the language of flowers, this event features special guest readings and secret artist appearances. Fri 31 Aug, 5.30pm


Wholeness & the Implicit Order: Artist Julia deVille is joined by Linden New Art director Melinda Martin for a guided tour and discussion of deVille’s new exhibition ‘Wholeness and the Implicit Order’, an immersive sensory environment that explores consciousness and reality through holography and VR. Fri 31 Aug, 6pm


WrICE Papers Salon: Be immersed in the imaginative worlds of Asia and Australia through a collage of readings on life and death. An ensemble performance weaves together the voices of 12 diverse writers from Mumbai to Melbourne, Seoul to Singapore. Sun 2 Sep, 10am


Ideas Hospital: Happy Pills: US comedian and YouTube sensation Chris Fleming and cult Australian comedian Zoe Norton Lodge examine what it means to be a outsider comedian, and the peculiar nature of using comedy as a medium to be understood… and gloriously misunderstood. Sun 2 Sep, 1pm


Study Melbourne is a Cultural Partner of MWF18. These event suggestions were curated by Shivam Sood, Feiyang Xia, Rowena Caroline Bharath, Maria Teresa Tavares, Sameer More and Siddarth Dinesh as part of the Study Melbourne ‘LIVE Projects’ internship program.