SummerFest brings warmth to campuses

summerestThe autumn chill might have arrived, but not before our massive March SummerFest attracted more than 10,000 people to our Victorian campuses, in a week-long celebration of summer.

Staff and students and their friends and families, along with members of the local community, were among the thousands who attended events at our Clayton, Caulfield, Peninsula and Parkville campuses during the event, from 13 to 19 March.

With ‘culture’ the key theme, the Campus Experience and Major Events team conjured up a diverse range of events and activities. Highlights included the Summer Fiesta community night, the student-focussed Full Moon Party, the Picnic on the Green at Caulfield, the Monash Arcade Expo games day, and the Dive In Cinema, hosted by Monash Sport.

Peninsula campus came alive with a daytime LuWOW party, featuring Hawaiian food and entertainment. Over at Parkville campus, the Parkville Picnic was held at twilight, starting with a group Zumba session, leading to an outdoor cinema and food experience.

The University strengthened its ties with the City of Monash Council by hosting the Rang Barse Festival of Colours at Monash Sport. We were also a major partner in the Live at Warrawee - Soul Explosion event at Warrawee park featuring student musicians.

Throughout the week, we activated campuses with a range of summer pop-ups. Northern Plaza was transformed into a sea of shade, deckchairs, palm trees and free treats with a DJ at the decks to add to the backdrop. Students immersed themselves in origami and papercraft, mindfulness meditation, and polymer clay craft with the Monash Student Association. Other popular pop-ups were the nail art bar and the roving SummerFest photo booth.

Many thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers and the collaborative efforts led by the Campus Community Division, working closely with:

  • Buildings and Property Division
  • Monash City Council
  • Monash Student Association
  • MONSU Caulfield
  • MONSU Peninsula
  • Parkville campus
  • Monash Sport
  • Team Monash
  • Radio Monash
  • Faculty of Information Technology
  • eSolutions
  • Campus retailers
  • Monash Residential Services
  • Monash University Student Theatre
  • Strategic Marketing and Communications
  • Careers, Leadership and Volunteering
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer and
  • Art Design and Architecture.