Welcome to MPavilion 2019! This season’s lantern-inspired MPavilion was designed by Australia’s most famous architect, Glenn Murcutt AO, and we need you to help us open it in spectacular fashion!
For this season’s opening weekend, we invite you to a celebration of Australian design and identity, with performances, talks, workshops and more—and as with all events at MPavilion, it’s all absolutely free. See our opening weekend program below and we’ll see you in the Queen Victoria Gardens!
Opening Weekend Program
Thursday 14 November
MPavilion 2019 Opening Night, 6.30–9pm
We officially unveil MPavilion 2019 by Glenn Murcutt AO with a night of festivities, and you’re invited! With a Welcome to Country song composed and performed by renowned soprano, composer and Yorta Yorta woman Deborah Cheetham AO, this will be one to remember.
A visually stunning celebration of the next crop of fashion designers recently graduated from RMIT University’s School of Fashion and Textiles Master of Fashion (Design) program.
The showcase will be followed by Sara Savage playing tunes into the night.
Friday 15 November
Close your eyes and open your ears as we journey into sound and the senses with gong practitioner Mona Ruijs and Rory Pike (Rings Around Saturn).
Swinburne University of Technology’s Smart Cities Research Institute explores the future of data use in our urban environments with this panel event.
Enjoy a special quartet performance by members of the MSO.
The Assemble Papers team takes over MPavilion to launch its Future Legacies edition with good tunes and a design-minded crowd.
Saturday 16 November
MMEETS—First Date with MPavilion 2019, 10–11.30am
Come meet our Cupid Crew and learn about the new MPavilion, designed by Australia’s most famous architect, Glenn Murcutt AO. You’ll fall in love at first sight.
The Dhungala Children’s Choir—led by Deborah in conductor’s role—will show why they are the peak choral performance group for Indigenous children in Victoria.
Join Glenn Murcutt AO in conversation with Naomi Milgrom AO—founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, which commissions each year’s MPavilion—as they discuss Glenn’s design for the 2019 edition of MPavilion, his illustrious fifty-year practice, and his most recent and forthcoming projects with architect and Grand Designs Australia host Peter Maddison.
Online radio phenomenon Hope St Radio selects the soundtrack to your Saturday evening.
Get cosy and watch Catherine Hunter’s outstanding 2017 documentary, Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place.
Sunday 17 November
Bring your hound and join the Tom + Captain Dog Walking Adventure team for a dog-filled meander through the city laneways, arcades and streets.
MTALKS—Empathy Hour, 11.30am–12.30pm
Enjoy a panel from Arts Centre Melbourne discussing the Arts Centre’s storytelling forecourt project, A Mile in My Shoes.
MTALKS—Eden Project presents ‘The Future of Mine Sites’, 12.30–1.30pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to join David Harland, the UK-based CEO of Eden Project International, at a special MTALKS event exploring the organisation’s world-famous practices reimagining “end of life” mine sites.
Dig a little deeper into music’s emotional core with this MMW panel, featuring experts on the psychology of music, moderated by 3RRR’s Simon Winkler.
Enjoy a live acoustic performance by the exceptional young classical musicians of ANAM.
Opening Weekend at MPavilion is proudly presented by ANZ.
MPavilion is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in partnership with City of Melbourne, Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria, and ANZ.