A Short Guide to ANU's Arts Societies

Market Day

A little bit bamboozled by all the societies ANU has to offer? Never fear, for here is a handy little summary of some of ANU’s top arts-related societies.

ANU Debating

Are you opinionated and can talk quickly with minimal stuttering? Then the ANU Debating Society is for you! The debating society at ANU is one of the most active societies on campus with claims to its name such as the Grand Finalists at the 2014 ‘Easters’ (The Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships, a nation-wide debating competition) at Monash University.  The society meets once a week in the lead up to competitions to hone your debating skills, so if you’re up for it then this society will cater to all your argumentative needs.

ANU Interhall Arts Committee

The ANU Interhall Arts Committee hosts a variety of events designed to foster some friendly competition between all the colleges, the prize being the coveted and prestigious Arts Shield. Competitions range from choir to spelling to dance to chess. Think you can make a short film in just 40 hours? Have you got the extra pizazz to spice up your college’s band for Big Night Out? Participation is through your college, so keep an eye out for auditions and ask your Senior Residents. If you’re not at college, joining Griffin Hall will open the door to these opportunities for you.

ANU Film Group

If you’re itching to see that new Wes Anderson film (you know, the one with Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray) or just love seeing great movies for cheap, the ANU Film Group allows you to view as many films as you can throughout the period of your membership. They show anywhere from four to six movies a week, all catering to different genres and audiences. Plus you get the added bonus of being surrounded by people who are just as big cinema enthusiasts as you are.


Hope you’re not allergic to the razzle and dazzle of the oh-so glamorous world of theatre. NUTS, or the National University Theatre Society is a student-run society that can give you the opportunity to experience roles not only in acting, producing and directing but also in lighting, sound, set design as well as many others. The society puts on five shows a year, giving you multiple opportunities to hone your show biz skills in whatever area they may lie. In a nutshell, NUTS offers a remedy for any person bitten by the theatre bug.


The Society for Arts and Social Sciences not only has a fantastic acronym but also runs events such as the ANU Arts Revue, trivia nights and most importantly, the SASS ball. For students studying in these fields SASS offers a space where you can voice any concerns you have about courses and the like. Membership to the society also provides you with the opportunity to get involved in any intersociety activities that come up during the year.

Kanye Appreciation Society

The title says it all, really.

If any of these societies interest you, make sure you check out their stalls during Market Day, the Wednesday of O-Week (11th February) to sign up for membership and to learn more. If none of these societies interest you, come to Market Day anyway.

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