Ten awesome things to see at MPavilion

An unmistakable sign that spring is here – and summer not far away – is the return of MPavilion to Queen Victoria Gardens. With a picture-perfect setting and an inspiring program of talks, workshops, performances and more, it’s a feast for senses and the intellect.

With the four-month season due to open on 3 October, we asked Jessie French, MPavilion’s Deputy Creative Director, to take us through the 2017 – 2018 program.

‘Working with Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten and the OMA team on our program really allowed us to explore the potential of the building.’ she says. ‘I’m incredibly proud of what we have put together for this season. These highlights listed here are a tip of the iceberg—we have an exciting season ahead.”

A sign in park with a modern building standing in the background

MPavilion season runs from 3 October to 4 February in Queen Victoria Gardens.

Virginia Trioli in conversation with Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten and Naomi Milgrom

Rotterdam-based OMA Architects are renowned for creating modern architectural icons – now hear them in conversation with broadcaster and author Virginia Trioli.  Join OMA’s Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten with MPavilion founder and patron, Naomi Milgrom for a spirited discussion. Discover the story and vision behind MPavilion – from concept to creation – and leave feeling inspired. Wednesday 4 October at 1pm

Morning stories with N’arweet Carolyn Briggs 

Grab a takeaway coffee, and take in the morning with daily morning stories from N’arweet (Elder) Carolyn Briggs. Briggs is a descendant of the First People of Melbourne, the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung. Her recorded stories, in acknowledgement of the Yalukit Willam as the traditional custodians of the land, will be broadcast daily over MPavilion’s speakers. Daily during M Pavilion season, 9 to 9:10am.

Twilight Ritual – a soundscape by Philip Brophy

As the sunlight fades, head to MPavilion to hear Philip Brophy’s recorded composition Stadium: A Neo-Tokyo Terrasound Cosmophony. Created in collaboration with lighting designers bluebottle, it’s a surround-sound installation exploring key musical themes from the soundtrack to manga masterpiece Akira. Runs October to Sunday 4 February at dusk, with a special opening event on Friday 6 October.

Learn to meditate with A – SPACE

Join A-SPACE co-founder and meditation teacher Manoj Dias for this weekly free guided meditation in the beautiful MPavilion space. Wednesdays in October, 7.15am start.

A group of people meditating

Head to MPavilion, Wednesday mornings in October for a free meditation session by A-Space

Bakehouse Session: Secret Rehearsal

Don’t miss this series of Saturday afternoon gigs starting at M Pavilion from 21 October. Bakehouse Session: Secret Rehearsal transforms this indoor-outdoor venue into an extension of one of the city’s most respected music studios. Expect the unexpected when emerging and established acts present public rehearsals and secret shows.  21 october – 30 November, 3-6pm.

A Stage for New Parenthood

Created by collaborative duo Guest & Riggs, A Stage for New Parenthood  is a special monthly space and meet-up for parents and infants. Over a series of four events, MPavilion’s amphitheatre-style structure will be given over to babies’ exploits and baby-friendly interventions. Comfortable seating will also support open-air breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. Various dates.

Designing the Age-friendly City

Over one day, Sibling Architecture holds a lens up to age-friendly societies to answer the question:  What constitutes an age-friendly city? In the morning, grandparents and children can join each other in an inter-generational workshop lead by artist Tai Snaith. In the afternoon, an interactive session will explore how the meeting of personal experiences and new technology might shape ‘all-ages’ environments. A panel discussion on age-friendly cities by the University of Melbourne’s Hallmark Ageing Research Institute (HARI) will end the day.  Designing the age-friendly city, Wednesday 8 November.

‘An Immersive Encounter with the Afterlife’ by Matthew Bird

Matthew Bird: An Immersive Encounter with the Afterlife

Experience a close encounter with the afterlife in this interactive installation from artist and experimental architect Matthew Bird. Head to opening night on Friday 8 December for a performance by composer Daniel Von Jenatsch and choreographic artist Phillip Adams (BalletLab). Runs Friday 8 December to Friday 22 December.

Soft Baroque: ‘Foamy feeling’

Get comfy with ‘Foamy feeling’, a site-specific furniture ‘takeover’ from London-based design duo Soft Baroque. Relax and make yourself at home in one of their playful polyurethane inflatables which have a mind of their own. Monday 15 to Sunday 21 January.

Queer Some Space

Inclusiveness and accessibility in architecture, venue design and music will be explored in Queer Some Space. Explore and connect in a series of talks, seminars and performances presented by XYX Lab & The Lifted Brow. A twilight keynote presentation and live music will also feature. Saturday 27 January, 2018.

The MPavilion 2017/18 Program runs until 4 February 2018.