Remember last year’s inaugural MPavilion: the highly versatile stainless steel box with folding panels, designed by Sean Godsell, that appeared in the city’s Queen Victoria Gardens last year? That was the first in a series of four temporary pavilions that will be built and removed each year, playing host to talks, performances and events for four months. Each is commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation that supports innovative public design – and each is designed by a new architect.
The MPavilion has announced its second annual architecture event to open in the Queen Victoria Gardens on Monday October 5. This year’s instalment will feature a high-tech outdoor forest canopy designed by Amanda Levete, an award winning British architect and founder of AL_A studio.
AL_A’s MPavilion will feature carbon fibre poles that bend and sway in the wind, supporting ‘petals’ which also function as speakers, recording and re-playing the surrounding soundscape.… Read more
For those excited by the pending arrival of Slide Melbourne in February, the fun’s set to start earlier than you thought. Rival event Slidestreet will be setting up – also in Lansdowne Street – on Saturday, January 24, and have all the permits in place. It premiered in Perth back last month and was a hit.
Then length of two AFL ovals, this will be next-level fun, operating between 9am and 7pm. Fitzroy Gardens will also be turned into a hub of live entertainment, with Nova 100’s Deano broadcasting live, DJs, food trucks, a pop-up bar and water-based activities.
You can buy tickets from 9am on Monday 12 January.
The race to slide has been won, it seems…
The greatest slip’n’slide ever comes to Melbourne CBD. It is Melbourne CBD
We can’t quite imagine the red-tape headaches that Slide Melbourne must have caused Melbourne City Council, but organisers assure us that final sign-off is immiment. The three-lane, 400m slide will take up Lonsdale Street on two upcoming Sundays: Feb 15th and, tentatively, March 9th.
In order to ride, you need to be at least 120cm tall and aged 12 or above. Or, if under 12, you can be accompanied by a parent or guardian – but you’ll both need tickets. These tickets are $40 and give you access for one of the four two-hour slots. It’s vital you book in advance; in fact, it’s nearly sold out already.
While you may have heard of the Slidestreet event in Perth, Slide Melbourne is a separate entity, inspired by Slide the City – whose first event in Utah captured world interest. The Slide Melbourne team has a ‘Splashback Policy’ to manage water responsibly – and the water used will be recycled for Melbourne’s city gardens.… Read more
Great news, outdoorsy food fans. Melbourne’s favourite truck jam is making a comeback. Come June, the grounds of Village Melbourne (the complex formerly known as the Belgian Beer Café Bluestone) will be turned over to a platoon of trucks every Sunday, with a few full weekend stints thrown in.
It’s pretty much the same situation as last year: you’ll be able to smash yourself together a multicultural meal of Po Boys, tacos, banh mi and pudding from the likes of Gumbo Kitchen, Lil Nom Noms, Chingon and The Brulee Cart (those are the June trucks) and grab your beers from the bistro inside. They’re also lining up some DJs to keep things spinning.
A lot of the same vendors are making a return, but this year there’s also Korean Fried Chicken, Pizza Wagon, Waffleworks and Greek Street Food to help fuel your panic.
Trailer Park session one kicks off on the first Sunday in June.… Read more
Calling all flying jaffle fans! It’s been brought to our attention that the good folks behind parachute-delivered sandwich outfit Jafflechutes are seeking a new CBD space from which to launch their next lot of toasted delights. Can you help? We hope so. Do it for all of us. See below their Facebook plea:
We’re on the lookout for some new jafflechuting spots around Melbourne CBD, and we were wondering if you might be able to lend a hand.
Our requirements are pretty basic.. We need:
– A balcony or rooftop space about five storeys high
– A spot that’s mostly out of the way (laneways are *good*)
– No tram lines / evil trees / ungodly winds
– Some electricity
– Nice music
If you know of such a place and would be happy for us to fill it with cheesy craziness for an hour or two, please send us a message!”