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Photograph: Ricky Manso Afrodance with Kwabo Events

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MPavilion is back with 400 free talks, performances and events

Things are warming up in Melbourne, summer is upon us and MPavilion will once again be taking up residence at the centre of the Southbank Arts Precinct. 

As in previous years, MPavilion is home to 400 free cultural events and interventions, lively talks, performances, workshops, installations and kid-friendly experiences. But in this year like no other, MPavilion is also running a mix of online and in-person events, all of which respond in some way to the many, many challenges of 2020.

From January 8 2021, MPavilion is also taking over Parkade Carpark at 34 Little Collins Street. During its residency there, MPavilion is hosting a series of events, workshops and performances. For those unfamiliar with Parkade, the carpark was designed by Peter McIntyre in the 1960s-70s (McIntyre also designed Parliament Station, the Jam Factory, and the 1956 Olympic swimming pool). 

Highlights of the current MPavilion program include:

Walsh Street Music
This six-part music series puts local musicians inside of Walsh Street House (the former home of architect Robin Boyd) for a number of live performances. 

Afrodance with Kwabo Events
Join Kwabo Events creative director, Gracieuse Amah, as she teaches you the moves (and histories) of Afrodance styles in this dynamic introductory dance workshop.

This annual forum (this will be its fourth iteration) explores the current state and future possibilities of our built environments while centralising Indigenous voices. 

Yogabean kids yoga
These children's yoga classes get kids active and teach mindfulness in a way that engages young minds and lets them have fun at the same time.

Rethinking the tram stop in Melbourne's city
This panel discussion looks into how public infrastructure – such as the humble tram stop – can be designed to better suit our environmental and social needs as a society.

Hair Salon
See artist Atong Atem's installation examining what your hair means to you, by means of transforming part of Docklands into a hair salon of sorts.

First appearing in the summer of 2014, MPavilion is supported by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and is designed by internationally-recognised Australian architect Glenn Murcutt. The 2020 program launches November 12 and runs to April 5, check out the website for all the events.


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