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Sunday Arts Magazine

25 Oct 2020

Sam Redston from MPavillion talks to David about this year’s program.

Architecture, Arts, Arts Festival

Sam Redston from MPavillion talks to David about this year’s program.

The festival runs 12 November – 5 April and features over 500 guests from across Australia and the world for 400 free events. November’s program is entirely online, but then December onwards, events will be both online and in many physical locations. 

 
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Dynamic in approach and optimistic in spirit, the MPavilion 2020 program season responds to the challenges of a year beset by a pandemic with a more significant investment in artists, performers, and collaborators. The amplified new program—launching Thursday 12 November 2020 and running until Monday 5 April 2021. The season comprises over 400 free events—including talks, workshops, performances, kid-friendly activities, and community projects and installations.

Bringing together over 500 guests from across Australia and the world, MPavilion 2020 will feature special talks and events with esteemed international guests, such as:

  • British design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn
  • London’s Bompas & Parr
  • Spanish architect and writer Andrés Jaque
 
  • An expansive schedule of events and workshops will also be led by celebrated locals, including:
  • Artist Atong Atem with Sabina McKenna,
  • Soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham AO
  • Dance studio Chunky Move,
  • Photography festival PHOTO 2021
  • RMIT University, and many more.

MProjects—a series of special creations and residencies commissioned exclusively for MPavilion, include performances by local musicians for MERGE and for Walsh Street Music (recorded at Robin Boyd’s iconic South Yarra home, in partnership with Robin Boyd Foundation), the First Nations Writers in Residence initiative, the M_Curatorsprogramming experience for emerging curators, the BLAKitecture series of talks and events on Indigenous architecture, MPavilion education guides for schools, upcycled staff uniforms by fashion designer Chelsea Hickman, physically-distanced stools for on-site events by interior designer and architect partners Holly Board and Peter Grove, an artistic / political / philosophical hair salon, and an inflatable work by globally celebrated leaders of sensory design experience, Bompas & Parr. Other highlights include collaborations with Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Music Week, and Open House Melbourne.

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