Fremantle festival gives students hands on professional experience

April 2, 2015

West Coast Blues and Roots Festival

Picture by Layla Henderson

Murdoch University students dumped the lecture theatre in favour of the West Coast Blues n Roots Festival on Sunday, March 29, gaining some valuable practical and professional experience and ensuring festival goers had a great time.

A partnership between Sunset Events and Murdoch has enabled the festival to become a venue where students get real world, hands on experience.

Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart said Murdoch student volunteers are our most valuable brand ambassadors.

“Murdoch’s partnership with Sunset Events allows students to access incredible work experience opportunities, to further their learning in their areas of study,” he said.

West Coast Blues n Roots Festival

Picture by Layla Henderson

Sound students worked with the Festival Production Team, gaining invaluable experience in setting up stages and working backstage on live production.

Students interested in photography provided festival goers with a unique and interactive souvenir through roving around with Polaroid cameras, and one student, Layla Henderson, was invited to shadow the official photographer for the event.

“This opportunity gave me invaluable exposure to the festival photography world and insight into the mind of a successful photographer. I’d highly recommend this volunteer opportunity to anyone who has a strong interest in photography and music,” Layla said.

Engineering students encouraged festival goers to think sustainably by filling up water bottles with a bicycle powered water station, and students from the World Student Environmental Network converted recycled water bottles into beautiful wildflower art.

West Coast Blues n Roots Festival

Picture by Layla Henderson

Troy Treeby, a student who worked on the Spinning Flower Workshop at the festival said volunteering was fantastic experience.

“It was really inspiring being able to promote the benefits of recycling and living a more sustainable existence in a fun and creative way, and to have festival-goers respond positively,” Troy said.

“Being involved in West Coast Blues and Roots was also a great opportunity to promote the upcoming World Student Environmental Network Summit, which will shine a spotlight on Murdoch University and the growing sustainability movement in Perth, on the international stage.”

Professor Taggart, said the University was committed to providing opportunities for students to learn beyond the traditional classroom.

“A Murdoch education prepares individuals for their future careers by fostering skills to make them resilient, adaptable and professional through an engaging curriculum and real world learning,” he said.

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