What is MPavilion?
We’re so happy 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 spring-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 2022, will be the ninth MPavilion in an ongoing series and opens on Thursday 8 December 2022. Read more about MPavilion here.
Where do MPavilion events happen?
MPavilion is located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne. We respectfully acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which the MPavilion sits. We pay our respects to their land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.
Do I need to register on the MPavilion website in order to attend an event?
In general, no. But from time to time, some events will require registration—such as a workshop with a limited capacity. It is best to check the individual event page for information. If an event is ticketed and we still have seats free by the time an event begins, we will grant admission to people who have not registered, until we reach our capacity limit.
Will there be food and drink available at MPavilion?
MPavilion’s onsite Kiosk (open 9am—4pm, or earlier/later if an event is scheduled) offers the best in Melbourne’s summer foodie offerings—from a cup of the best coffee thanks to our friends Three Thousand Thieves to pastries, baked goods and a selection of snacks. Follow Three Thousand Thieves on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and see what they have brewing for MPavilion.
You are welcome to bring your own food—pack a picnic and come spend some time with us!
What if I feel uncomfortable attending events in person?
To accommodate the needs of our whole community, we record our MTalks. They will then be made available as podcasts on our website and podcast apps like Spotify and Soundcloud.
How is each MPavilion venue kept clean?
All MPavilion venues will be cleaned after each session, and deep cleaned once a week. There will also be hand sanitising stations available at the entries of—and around—each venue.
When is MPavilion open?
MPavilion 2022 will open on 8 December 2022 until Thursday 6 April in the Queen Victoria Gardens.
During the season, MPavilion is open every day—rain, hail or shine—except for public holidays. We are also respectfully closed on Tuesday 26 January.
Do I need to book a ticket?
All events at MPavilion are free to attend.
How do I find out what’s on?
Right here on our website, via the program. Our calendar of events is constantly growing, so if you bookmark this site and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, you can keep up to date with all things MPavilion (feel free to tag us or use the #MPavilion hashtag, while you’re at it!) You can also sign up here to receive our newsletter.
How do I get there?
Information on how to get to each location can be found here.
How does MPavilion meet my accessibility requirements?
We do everything we can to make our events and material as inclusive and accessible as possible. This is an ever-evolving process, so we welcome any ideas, comments, suggestions or responses you wish to share that might help us continue to deliver programming that is truly for everybody.
More information on how to access our locations and their closest accessible toilets can be found here.
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, another form of audio accessibility, or reserved seating, please let us know in advance by emailing email@example.com. Headphones, tablets and other devices used to assist with communication are welcome.
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?
Information on the location of toilets at each location can be found here.
Is MPavilion licensed?
We sure are! You can purchase from a selection of alcoholic beverages at our Kiosk during the program. Please bring photo identification.
Is there seating?
Limited seating is available inside MPavilion, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I arrange to bring a class or group to MPavilion?
Yes! We’re dedicated to making MPavilion an educational space for all ages, with many events in our season designed to appeal to primary and secondary school students. 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 email@example.com.
Students and teachers can also download free educational resources about our past MPavilions, including Sean Godsell’s, Amanda Levete’s, OMA’s, Carme Pinos’s, and Glenn Murcutt AO’s.
Is MPavilion suitable for children?
MPavilion is for all—including little ones. Whether you’re looking for something fun and entertaining or something more relaxed, MKids is our series of kid-friendly and kid-centric events. So check out the program to see what’s coming up!
Please be mindful that children must be supervised by their responsible adult while on site.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes—we love dogs. But please remember to keep your pooch on a leash at all times, and be mindful of others—especially young children.
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 sixth year running, we will invite the public to submit expressions of interest for the MPavilion program. Expressions of interest for the 2022 season are now closed.
How do I find information about past events?
Missed an event? Or maybe you just want to dig into the many great talks and discussions from MPavilion’s past? Our podcast library contains a huge number of recorded events, spanning right back to the first MPavilion in 2014.
The recordings are available on the MPavilion podcast, which you can find on iTunes—perfect for educational purposes or your daily commute. You can also browse our previous event programs at each of their dedicated archival websites: MPavilion 2021, MPavilion 2020, MPavilion 2019 , MPavilion 2018, MPavilion 2017, MPavilion 2016, MPavilion 2015 and MPavilion 2014.
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 Development Victoria. For more information about the Foundation and its work, please visit naomimilgromfoundation.org.
What is the Living Cities Forum?
The Living Cities Forum is MPavilion’s sister event and is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. The annual day-long Forum explores the role of design, planning and architecture in shaping our society. For more info and to sign up to receive news about next year’s forum, head to the Living Cities Forum website.