Ideas International

Tue 09 October

The Land on Which We Stand

Presented with MPavilion




From the art trams traversing our entire city to the land on which the Botanic Gardens and Carrabosse sit, by way of MPavillion and our dozens of venues, and of course the very real connection to land that Tanderrum creates, Melbourne International Arts Festival takes place on some of the richest and historically diverse land in the world.

Major Festival activities always begin with a welcome to country. At the beginning of each project or event we acknowledge country. In this first event at the new MPavilion for 2018 we wanted to take some time to genuinely discuss country: the levels of meaning, understanding, occupation and use of the land on which this festival sits.




Jonathan joined Melbourne International Arts Festival as Artistic Director in 2015 having spent the four years prior as Artistic Director of the Perth International Arts Festival. He came to Australia after six years as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, and from 1997–2004 established and headed the National Theatre’s events department. Jonathan started out as a theatre director, working under the name Jack Holloway.



Carme Pinós established Estudio Carme Pinós in 1991 and is the esteemed designer of MPavilion 2018. Playing a significant role in the rise of contemporary Spanish architecture, Carme works from her hometown of Barcelona. Her work spans everything from large urban developments, to social housing, public works and furniture design, and represents a deeply humanist approach to architecture and to city making.


Jefa is currently a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, focussing on Indigenous curriculum development, and is also director of Greenaway Architects a holistic design practice undertaking architectural, landscape, interior and urban design projects for private, commercial and educational clients.


Robin Penty is the Executive Director Engagement and Impact at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Over a career spanning three decades in the arts and culture, not-for-profit, higher learning and public sectors, Robin’s role is to ensure the Gardens and its visitors thrive as an open and inclusive place where important stories are told and memories made.