The next temporary instalment of Queen Victoria Gardens’ MPavilion will launch on 5 October. Designed by Studio Mumbai – an architectural firm who work in collaboration with local artists and artisans – the 2016 MPavilion series is promised to bring a massive line-up of events, discussions and activities.
Here are ten prime picks for MPavilion this summer.
Bijoy Jain: Making MPavilion
Running until Saturday the 22nd of October, head into RMIT Gallery for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year’s MPavilion. Key architect, Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, developed his design with a focus on traditional skills, local building techniques and genuine creative ingenuity. Working with materials including bamboo, earth, stone and rope, explore the process of creating this year’s MPavilion instalment.
MTalks: The Art of Sport Symposium
How similar are the arts and sport? This one-day only MTalk event seeks to explore the differences, and strange similarities, between art and sport. MPavilion’s 2016 architect Bijoy Jain, Robyn Archer and a host of other creatives will come together to discuss how a practice can influence their lives.
MADA’s Wearing the City
Designed by Monash University’s Art, Design and Architecture students, the next instalment of MPavilion’s ‘Wearing the City’ will be showcased on one massive night. Students have experimentally translated notable private structures into fashionable wears to meet this year’s ‘Wearing The Private City’ theme, using pleats, wraps, drapes and folds.
MMeets Happy Melon Yoga
The founder of one of Melbourne’s best yoga studios, Happy Melon Studios, will be running four free yoga workshops throughout November. Led by Masha Gorodilova from the sunny time of 7am, classes will feature mindful yoga flows and Happy Melon’s signature ‘golden ribbon’ meditation. BYO yoga mat and get your best warrior pose ready.
MMeets Dog Meet With Tom + Captain
Specialising in providing your favourite four-legged friend with pup-friendly adventures, Tom + Captain will be making regular appearances throughout the 2016 MPavilion program. Offering free guided dog walks around Melbourne’s CBD, get tail-wagging excited for this morning walk with your bestie.
MKids MMeets Bug Blitz
Tiny critters aren’t just for squishing, as serial ant-killers will learn at the children-friendly Bug Blitz. The event will focus on educating kids on the important role of these crawly little creatures in the ecosystem and food chain. Featuring interaction and live discovery, drag the kids away from their iPhones this summer and send them along to the MPavilion.
Lunchtime Musical Magic
With an eclectic line-up of performances, including musical magic from the Australian Youth Orchestra, soak up spring at the MPavilion this October with a side of music. The Monash University Jazz Ensemble, Australian National Academy of Music and Marshall McGuire’s Harp Recital are just some of the exceptional talent making their way to the Queen Victoria Gardens.
The Australian String Quartet Performance and Workshop
The widely acclaimed and incredibly gifted Australian String Quartet are presenting their new series, Close Quarters, at the MPavilion. Playing a range of contemporary and traditional music, head down to the MPavilion on the 26th of October for an intimate night of music, picnics and tipples from the MPavilion kiosk. A workshop by the Quartet focusing on György Ligeti’s String Quartet No.1: Metamorphoses Nocturnes will also run on 25 October.
Sovereign Trax DJ Set
For an evening packed with vibrant experimental music from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, head to the MPavilion on 28 October. Mixed by DJ Sovereign Trax, aka Hannah Donnelly, this event will promote music in an environment that references collective stories, identities and resistance.
Jadoo: Street Magic from India
Join Raheman Shah for a night of street magic inspired by India. Meaning ‘magic’ in Persian and Indian languages, Jadoo is one of the oldest and most enigmatic forms of performance in India. Raheman will perform a range of tricks, along with interactive acts and participatory magic to the delight of Melburnians.