Welcome to the program


IT’S ALIVE! Not only this website (which just launched) but also the inaugural MPavilion program (contained herein). With three weeks to go until the opening of Sean Godsell’s pavilion in the Queen Victoria Gardens, there’s still plenty of time to browse the events and plot your visits from 7 October right through until 1 February. 

Created with help from hundreds of collaborators, the program is designed to make the most of the pavilion—as a clubhouse, a meeting place and a starting point. All events are free, and (apart from 1 January, when we assume you’ll be sleeping) there’s something happening every day. Expect talks, walks, workshops, performances, installations, soundscapes, book-readings, mind-readings and screenings. Also, importantly: coffee

We’re thrilled to hand the reigns to Melbourne Festival in the first weeks of the program for a series of intimate performances and discussions in the pavilion. Among other things, they’ll be collaborating with the Wheeler Centre to eavesdrop on a fascinating line-up of festival artists. The MTalks program continues throughout November and December, inviting leading researchers, designers and curators from Melbourne and the world to face the juicy questions, and raise some of their own.

Meanwhile, MMusic puts a picnic party in your diary every Sunday from mid-October, with help from Melbourne Recital Centre and a star-studded line-up of local musicians and DJs. That’s an easy one. But you’ll need to dust off your bike (and possibly also your hiking boots) for MMeets—an exploratory program of tours, talks, walks, workshops and tastings curated by the Office for Good Design. Hosted by a range of Melbourne-based designers and design thinkers, it’s a program within a program with a social twist. 

There’s quite a bit more, in fact—including an exclusive series of screenings at ACMI, a program of ‘One Night Stands’ happening in and around MPavilion, a daily opening ceremony, and a DIY installation made entirely out of paper—but we’ll leave you to take yourself on a virtual tour here. Don’t forget to register for any events that look like they’ll fill up fast. We look forward to seeing you when the louvres open! Only 19 sleeps to go…