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 12 - January 14 2024

FLOAT at MPavilion

Polyglot leans into the reflective offer of Tadao Ando’s pavilion design, and extends this invitation to children and families in FLOAT.

A FLOAT promo image. A child in a red jumper and yellow overalls carefully places a handmade leaf boat into a pool of water. Their hand, torso, and the boat can be seen in the reflection. Photographer: Darren Gill.

FLOAT by Polyglot Theatre was commissioned by MPavilion as part of the MStudio commissioning program. MPavilion is a flagship initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.

Come FLOAT, through your hands and through your imagination. Polyglot Theatre invites children 3-8 years and their families to create boats from leaves, and offer them into the reflection pool within the pavilion. A live musician responds to the creative energy in the space, and the boats that bob and drift. Children and families are gently guided through play and what it means to reflect by artists, who will weave through the stories and ideas that arise from participants.

What holds you buoyant?

  • Thank you for coming to FLOAT at MPavilion! Your feedback is valuable, and helps us create empowering, accessible arts experiences for children and families. To go in the running to WIN a $50 Readings Kids Bookshop gift voucher, please include your name and email at the end of the survey.


  • MPavilion
    Queen Victoria Gardens
    Melbourne VIC


  • Fri 12 Jan – Sun 14 Jan: 10.00am-12.00pm, 2pm-4pm

FREE. No bookings required.

General Access

  • FLOAT will take place both outdoors and undercover in MPavilion.
  • There is wheelchair access from the paved paths in the park to MPavilion with a short distance on the grass to reach the structure.
  • Accessible bathrooms are located in the Queen Victoria Gardens on Linlithgow Avenue.
  • There is parkland surrounding the MPavilion for participants needing a quiet space before, during and after the session.
  • Limited seating is available inside MPavilion.
  • A Changing Places toilet is located at Hamer Hall (100 St Kilda Road Southbank) on Level 3, near the south lift, and users are asked to bring their Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) to open.
  • A visual story is available to view and download here.
  • If you have accessibility requirements (seating, audio, visual), please contact MPavilion:


  • FLOAT is a universally accessible experience.
  • It does not use bright or flashing lights.
  • There will be a live musician.
  • You can come and go from FLOAT at any time during the sessions.
  • A Visual Story to help your family prepare for the experience is coming soon.
  • Polyglot Theatre staff are trained in disability and cultural awareness. If you have any questions about FLOAT, please contact us on 03 9826 3301 or

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!
  • The nearest baby change facilities are at Queen Victoria Gardens Toilets on Linlithgow Avenue. They are gender-neutral and wheelchair accessible.
  • Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, but we do ask that there is no eating in the FLOAT workshop space where possible.
  • There is a kiosk outside the Pavilion, where coffee, soft drinks and light snacks can be purchased.
  • You are also welcome to BYO food and drinks for picnicking in the Gardens before or after FLOAT.


  • Flinders Street Station is approximately 500m from MPavilion.
  • Facilities include: lighting, escalator, Hearing Loop, lift, stairs, tactile ground surface indicator, accessible telephone, accessible toilet, pay phone, indoor waiting area, sheltered waiting area, kiosk, passenger information display, toilets, CCTV.
  • Head south on St Kilda Rd/Swanston St. Continue across Princess Bridge towards the Botanical Gardens. Head to the State Theatre and cross the road, you will find a pathway which will take you to MPavillion here. Go straight down this path and take the first right turn to reach MPavilion. MPavilion is located directly opposite the Arts Centre building.


  • Arts Precinct/St Kilda Rd #14 (Zone 1) services tram routes: 1, 16, 3-3a, 5, 6, 64, 67, 72.
  • Facilities include: lighting, tactile ground surface indicator, accessible ramp, myki machines.
  • This stop is approximately 200m from MPavilion.


  • Victorian College of the Arts/Southbank Bvd (Zone 1) services bus route 605.
  • Facilities include: lighting, tactile ground service indicator, accessible ramp, myki machines.
  • This stop is approximately 200m from MPavilion.

Visit to plan your journey.

MPavilion is Australia’s leading architecture commission: a place for debate around the design of today and tomorrow. Conceived and created by Naomi Milgrom AC as an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, MPavilion celebrates a decade as the country’s cultural laboratory in 2023.

Since 2014, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has invited extraordinary architects from Australia and across the world to design a meeting place for the Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne’s heart. From this MPavilion, a five-month design festival of free events is launched – prompting locals and visitors alike to consider how architecture, art and design can change lives.

MPavilion’s myriad collaborations are a testament to Melbourne’s status as a local and global centre of design. Its ambitious program is made possible through the visionary support of its partners, principally the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne, ANZ and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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