MPAVILION ANNOUNCES JANUARY 2021 PROGRAM —‘Preservation: Propagating Knowledge’

MPavilion’s January theme ‘Preservation: Propagating Knowledge’ encompasses a vast spectrum of events that looks to Indigenous knowledge and practices, the generation of adaptive spaces, communing with nature while empowering the young, and the embracing of radical new design approaches. As the primary location of January’s program, MPavilion Parkade will play host to a huge array of experiences, conversations, activities, and more, including architectural and design events, jubilant live music performances, interactive installations, and fun workshops for kids and families on school holidays.

Key events of January include a conversation with Julian Burnside AO QC, circus classes presented by Westside Circus. a Chunky Move dance residencya Margam dance class with Tara Rakjumar OAM and Nithya Gopu Solomon of Natya Sudha Dance Company, architectural film screenings curated by architect and filmmaker Toby Reed, a roller-disco, a concert for dogs (and their humans) with Henry Wagons (in partnership with Melbourne Music Week), a discussion about the power of tapestry with Architects Peter Williams AMAmy Muir and Australian Tapestry Workshop Director Antonia Syme AM, a climate change meditation led by yoga instructor and founder of Mistletone Records & Touring Sophie Miles, a breathwork soundscape with Make It Up Club curator Nat Grant and artist Dina SmirnovYogabean yoga classes for kids, and much more.

MPavilion’s MProjects—a series of unique creations and residencies commissioned exclusively for MPavilion—includes the First Nations Early Career Writers Residency initiative, the BLAKitecture series of talks and events on Indigenous architecture, MPavilion education guides for schools, upcycled staff uniforms by fashion designer Chelsea Hickman, and physically-distanced stools for on-site events by interior designer and architect partners Holly Board & Peter Grove. Other highlights include collaborations with  Bakehouse Studios, Melbourne Music Week, and Open House Melbourne. This summer, MPavilion will also collaborate with Uptown—an outdoor art exhibition at the top of Bourke St—to present a series of talks, workshops, and city walks. Details to be released soon.

An expansion of this season’s events beginning completely online, MPavilion’s lively January program will primarily unfold in-person, in real physical locations across the city—including MPavilion Docklands and MPavilion Monash. The rest of MPavilion’s highly accessible online events, talks, Hope St Radio at Melbourne Zoo streams, and Summer Reading Lists can be enjoyed on the MPavilion website’s specific event pages, the MPavilion Library, or the MPavilion YouTube channel.

January 2021 highlights—‘Preservation: Propagating Knowledge’

MMeets – Stationary/Stationery Fashion: A paper clothes making workshop Saturday 9 January, 2pm – 5pm  (MPavilion Docklands)

Reappreciate the value of your clothing by making paper interventions to second hand clothes. Get a better understanding of how garments are made, while learning whole new DIY manufacturing and modification possibilities.

MKids – Prehistoric Art, tribal face & head art + music & dance with Ventana Collective Monday 18 January, 9.30am – 12.30pm (MPavilion Docklands)

An interactive workshop and performance, this uplifting event will give children and adults new ways to appreciate the beauty of sound, movement, nature, and each other with music, movement and art.

MKids – PARTS in the Pavilion Tuesday 19 January, 9.30am – 3.30pm (MPavilion Docklands)

PARTS is a dynamic project that provides found and manufactured objects to all ages for self-directed, open-ended play. A workshop about discovering the endless possibilities presented by even the most ‘ordinary’ objects.

MKids – PLANKS Block-Play Wednesday 20 January, 9.30am—1.30pm (MPavilion Docklands)

In this safe, clean and thoroughly engaging event, share in the limitless fun of playing with 25,000 blocks, while being inspired by a series of sophisticated display constructions, put together by the Green Hat team themselves.

MMeets – Infinity Parasite Thursday 21 January, after 3pm & Friday 22—Saturday 23 January, 10am—12pm (MPavilion Docklands)

Transform MPavilion Docklands into something new, strange and exciting. As an improvisational collective, participants will add to the existing architecture with yarn, bamboo and plant matter.

MMeets – Margam- Lineage Saturday 24 January 3pm—4.30pm  (MPavilion Docklands)

In this interactive presentation, Tara Rakjumar OAM and Nithya Gopu Solomon of Natya Sudha Dance Company show you how the rich, diverse body of Margam performance practice and knowledge has been developed by expanding traditional repertoires with contemporary influences.

MProjects – Chunky Move Residency Mon 25, Wed 27, Thu 28, Fri 29, Sat 30 January (MPavilion Monash)

For one week in January, Melbourne contemporary dance company Chunky Move will undertake a creative residency onsite at MPavilion Monash.

MMusic – Breathwork Soundscape Saturday 30th January, 9:30am—11:30am (MPavilion Docklands)

Breathwork Soundscape is a 90-minute experiential journey designed for participants to access a space of deep rest through expertly-guided facilitation of sound, breath, and reflection. A moment of silence; a moment of unity; a moment of releasing the collective unrest stirred up by Covid-19.

MTalks – Art as Action: Ecology, Resilience & Sustainability Sunday 31 January, 12pm—2.30pm (MPavilion Docklands)

In conversation with Bronwyn Johnson (Executive Director of Climarte), a panel of five contemporary Australian artists (Vicki Couzens, Jen Rae, Debbie Symons, Jasmine Targett and Katie West) discuss how their practices engage with ecological and environmental concerns in order to inform and inspire action. 

MMeets – Meditate for Climate Sunday 31 January, 10am—10.45am (MPavilion Docklands)

In this guided, Earth-centred meditation led by meditation teacher Sophie Miles with beautiful live music accompaniment by Genevieve Fry (harp) and Esala Liyanage (percussion), sit in solidarity and compassion with all those affected by climate change. Together, we’ll imagine a better future for the Earth.

For further program details, including additional Parkade programming, please visit

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