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What is MPavilion?

We’re so glad you asked. MPavilion is just as it sounds: a temporary pavilion located in the heart of Melbourne. Each year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions a world-renowned architect to design MPavilion, which becomes the centre of a free four-month-long summer program of talks, workshops, performances, installations and more. MPavilion is a civic space, a cultural laboratory and a way for the whole community to engage in dialogues with and about design and architecture. MPavilion 2018, designed by Barcelona-based architect and educator Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, is the fifth MPavilion in an ongoing series. Read more about MPavilion here.

Where is MPavilion?

MPavilion is located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne. We respectfully acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which MPavilion sits. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.

When is MPavilion open?

MPavilion 2018 runs from Tuesday 8 October 2018 to Sunday 3 February 2019. Check out the full program of free events and be sure to join us for a lively and eclectic season. MPavilion is open daily from 9am to 4pm and earlier/later for scheduled events.

MPavilion is open every day—rain, hail or shine—except Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 December and Tuesday 1 January. On Monday 31 December we will close at 2pm. We will also respectfully be closed on Saturday 26 January.

Do I need to book a ticket?

All events at MPavilion are free to attend. Some events, including talks and workshops, may have limited capacity and require you to book a ticket or register your attendance—please check specific event details in the program.

How do I find out what’s on?

Right here on our website, via the program page. You can also pick up our program highlights in printed form at MPavilion and around Melbourne. Our suite of events is constantly growing, so bookmark this site and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all things MPavilion. (And feel free to tag us or use the #MPavilion hashtag!) You can also sign up to receive our newsletter here.

How do I get there?

By train: the nearest train station is Flinders Street Station. From there it’s a short tram ride or walk to the Queen Victoria Gardens.

By tram: the nearest tram stop is 14–Arts Centre/St Kilda Rd (Southbank), accessed on routes 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72.

By bike: MPavilion is just off the Capital City Trail. Bike hoop parking is available on St Kilda Road.

By car: Metered on-street parking is available on St Kilda Road. The nearest car park is located at the Arts Centre.

There is wheelchair access from the paved paths in the park to MPavilion, with a short distance on the grass to reach the structure.

From the nearest parking/taxi drop-off point on St Kilda Road, it is approximately 60 steps to reach MPavilion.

MPavilion 2017. Photo by Bec Capp.

How does MPavilion meet my accessibility requirements?

MPavilion endeavours to make our venue and our events as inclusive and accessible as possible. MPavilion 2018 has wheelchair accessibility via St Kilda Road. There is a ramp connecting the paved paths to the grass surrounding MPavilion when accessed via St Kilda Road—MPavilion is a short distance on the grass from this path.

Auslan interpreters may be booked for individual events—please check event details for information. If you would like to attend an event and require an Auslan interpreter or other form of audio accessibility, or reserved seating, please let us know in advance by emailing info@mpavilion.org. Headphones, tablets and other devices used to assist with communication are welcome.

Accessible and gender-neutral bathrooms are located inside Arts Centre Melbourne, a short distance from MPavilion on St Kilda Road, on the ground level.

MPavilion staff are onsite during events to assist with any accessibility queries. Please come and chat to us if you have any questions.

Where are the nearest toilets?

There are toilets, including accessible bathrooms, located inside the Queen Victoria Gardens and on the ground level of Arts Centre Melbourne, a short distance from MPavilion on St Kilda Road. If you have accessibility requirements, we recommend using the bathrooms at the Arts Centre for greatest ease and convenience. Gender-neutral bathrooms can also be found inside the Arts Centre.

Can I buy/bring food and drinks?

MPavilion’s onsite kiosk, operated by our friends Three Thousand Thieves, offers the best in Melbourne’s summer foodie offerings—from a cup of the best coffee in town to a tasty locally made treat. Follow Three Thousand Thieves on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to drool over their goods and see what they have brewing for MPavilion.

MPavilion is a licensed venue. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased from the kiosk during events throughout the program. Due to licensing restrictions, you aren’t permitted to bring your own alcoholic beverages to MPavilion. The kiosk serves light snacks 24/7, and other catering for specific events. You are also welcome to bring your own food—pack a picnic and come spend some time with us!

Is MPavilion licensed?

We sure are! You can purchase from a selection of alcoholic beverages at our kiosk, operated by Three Thousand Thieves, during the program. Please bring photo identification.

Is there seating?

Limited seating is available inside MPavilion 2018, with extra seating added for scheduled events. Please inform onsite staff if you have essential seating requirements. If you have accessibility requirements—including audio and visual requirements—or would like to reserve seating for individual events, please email us in advance at info@mpavilion.org

Can I arrange to bring a class or group to MPavilion?

Yes, MPavilion is a public space and everyone is welcome. Our capacity is limited, however, so if you’re planning on bringing a large group to MPavilion, we encourage you to let us know by emailing info@mpavilion.org

Is MPavilion suitable for children?

MPavilion is for everyone, including little ones. MKids is our series of kid-friendly and kid-centric events: whether you’re looking for something fun and entertaining or something more relaxed, check out the program for all MKids events. MPavilion is a pram-friendly space, accessed via paved paths from St Kilda Road. (MPavilion is a short distance over grass from the paths.)

Can I bring my dog?

Please do! We love dogs. Please remember to keep your pooch on a leash at all times and be mindful of others, especially young children.

MKids—Tin&Ed: Inflatable Futures at MPavilion 2017. Photo by Bec Capp.

Can I take photos/video inside and around MPavilion?

We encourage it. Explore MPavilion and all the wonderful things happening inside and around the venue by taking happy snaps and artistic portraits. Please remember to be respectful to performers, speakers and other visitors when taking photos or video—and tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! We’d love to see what you’ve captured. (Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MPavilion!)

Can I hold an event at MPavilion?

MPavilion is designed as a civic space, and we love hearing your ideas for events. For the second year running, we’re inviting the public to submit expressions of interest for the MPavilion program—the submission window opens on Tuesday 19 June 2018. Keep an eye on this website and our socials for more details.

How do I find information about past events?

Missed something, or just want to dig into the many great talks and discussions from MPavilion’s past? Our library contains a huge number of recorded events spanning right back to the first MPavilion in 2014, also available on the MPavilion podcast, which you can find on iTunes—perfect for educational purposes or your daily commute. You can also browse the programs for previous years at each of their dedicated archival websites: MPavilion 2017, MPavilion 2016, MPavilion 2015 and MPavilion 2014.

What happens to MPavilion at the end of the season?

Each year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation gifts MPavilion to the City of Melbourne to be relocated to a permanent home within the city. You can visit all four MPavilions right now: MPavilion 2017, designed by OMA / Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten, is at Monash University’s Clayton campus; MPavilion 2016, designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, can be found at Melbourne Zoo; AL_A’s MPavilion 2015 is in Docklands Park; and Sean Godsell’s MPavilion 2014 sits within the grounds of the Hellenic Museum.

I’d like to know more about the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

MPavilion is initiated and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from the City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria, and ANZ. For more information about the Foundation and its work, please visit naomimilgromfoundation.org.

What’s the Living Cities Forum?

The Living Cities Forum is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, and is a day-long forum exploring the role of design, planning and architecture in shaping our society. In 2018, the Living Cities Forum returns for the second year running to Deakin Edge at Federation Square, with MPavilion 2018 architect Carme Pinós as a keynote speaker. For all the info and updates you need, head to the Living Cities Forum website, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #LivingCities18.

Main photo by Earl Carter.