Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.


January 21 - January 22 2023

Feast at MPavilion

Come feast with us! Feast is a meal like no other, inviting children to make gastronomical delights from a pile of most unusual ingredients.

A Feast production image. A Polyglot artist and a family sit on the floor, making delicious creations with paper and cardboard. Photographer: Sarah Walker

A long table is set with a white cloth, paper plates, and a centre piece of paper flowers. The ingredients are all in place. Children are invited to fill their imaginations on creating the dishes of their dreams – food fit for a top restaurant, or a very hungry punter. Gradually the table starts to fill – stringy string pasta, tomato cellophane sauce with a spray of green fabric basil, paper pizza, tissue sushi. Waiters impeccably dressed in black and white hover to encourage and assist, writing up the mouth-watering menu.

FEAST is free, and families can drop in at any time during the sessions – no bookings are required.

This installation lets children play with materials other than food to make truly delicious, and sometimes really horrible, culinary creations.

Venue

  • MPavilion
    Queen Victoria Gardens
    Melbourne VIC

Sessions

  • Saturday 21 January: 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday 22 January: 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm

FREE. No bookings required. 

  • Feast will take place at MPavilion – a temporary architecture commission in the Queen Victoria Gardens each summer. It is outdoors in the park, so please check the weather and bring sunscreen, hats and water bottles.
  • There is wheelchair access from the paved paths in the park to MPavilion, with a short distance on the grass to reach the structure.
  • From the nearest parking/taxi drop-off point on St Kilda Road, it is approximately 60 steps to reach the structure.
  • There are no bathrooms on site at MPavilion. There is an all-gender accessible public toilet in Queen Victoria Gardens available via Linlithgow Avenue, located behind the Floral Clock and opposite Walker Fountain Kings Domain. There are also accessible public toilets at the Arts Centre, directly across the road.
  • COVID-safety: MPavilion will be cleaned after each session, and there will be hand sanitising stations available at the entry.
  • For more information about Accessibility and Inclusion at MPavilion, please visit mpavilion.org/accessibility.
  • Please contact info@mpavilion.com.au for any queries or requests regarding venue access.

Feast

  • Children and families choose how they interact with the performers, the workshop space, and the materials.
  • You can come and go from Feast at any time during the sessions. Some families might like to stay for 10 mins, others an hour.
  • Feast does not use bright or flashing lights or amplified sound.
  • Polyglot Theatre staff and artists are trained in disability and cultural awareness. 

How to prepare

  • When you come to a Polyglot workshop, we recommend you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to enjoy moving. Remember that you have come for an adventure and there are many ways to begin finding your play. You are curious and this space is yours. Just as you might at the beach, do you take your time and dip your toe in to warm up, or do you run and jump right in? The worlds we set up welcome you to take your time and find your own way to your imaginative play; and our performers are there to join you, or play alongside you, and look after these worlds and their inhabitants. See you soon!
  • Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, but we do ask that there is no eating in the Feast workshop space where possible.
  • The nearest place to buy food and drinks is MPavilion’s onsite Kiosk (open 9am—4pm, or earlier/later if an event is scheduled). It offers the best in Melbourne’s summer foodie offerings, from a cup of the best coffee thanks to MPavilion’s  friends Three Thousand Thieves, to pastries, baked goods and a selection of snacks. Follow Three Thousand Thieves on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see what they have brewing for MPavilion.
  • You are also welcome to BYO food and drinks for picnicking in the Gardens before or after Feast. 

MPavilion is Australia’s leading architecture commission—a cultural laboratory where the community can come together to engage and share.

MPavilion is an ongoing initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and is supported by the City of Melbourne and State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria.

Each year since 2014, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has commissioned an outstanding architect to design a pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct. The MPavilion then becomes the focus of a free program season of cultural events and interventions, lively talks, performances, workshops, installations and kid-friendly experiences.

At the close of each season, the MPavilion is gifted by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to the people of Victoria and relocated to a new, permanent home, where it can be engaged by the community. Find out where to visit MPavilions in Victoria.

In 2022, Bangkok-based architecture and design practice, all(zone) have designed the ninth MPavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens. all(zone)’s MPavilion 2022 will be open to the public from Thursday 8 December 2022 until Thursday 6 April 2023.

Read more: mpavilion.org/about

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