PFA19 Festival Map All


Fed Square Precinct

You know how the layouts of supermarkets are designed to give you, the shopper, as much opportunity to spend your hard-earned cash as possible? This year, we’ve engineered the layout of Pause Fest to give you, the change-maker, as much opportunity to network and share your industry ideas as possible.

The central hub for Pause 2018, Fed Square Precinct is the access point for all of our venues. And with all seven of our venues located within this intimate setting, it means you have more opportunities to rub shoulders with like-minded folk than ever before.

We’ll announce the location of our Festival Hub – new to Pause in 2019 – shortly. Until then, plan your route around the festival with our map.


Deakin Edge

Global Stage - Deakin Edge

Experience the full impact of Melbourne’s city views from Deakin Edge, a glass theatre boasting unique metal architecture and dishing up up panoramas across the Yarra River to the Arts Centre Spire, the MCG and Alexander Gardens. Spacious yet intimate, Deakin Edge is fully seated and has plenty of room for mingling and networking, too.

Topics: Global, All Topics



Growth Stage - ACMI Cinema 2

Looking for a deluxe experience? You’ll find it at the ACMI cinemas. Located at the very heart of Fed Square precinct, this venue is the perfect for ideas to take flight. Cinema 2 can seat up to 390 people in some of the comfiest seats in Melbourne and boasts and absolutely massive screen – ideal for all of those absolutely massive ideas.

Topics: Marketing, Advertising, Business



Local Heroes - ACMI Cinema 1

With its slightly smaller capacity, ACMI Cinema 1 is the perfect space for getting up close and personal with your subject matter. With 170 of the comfiest seats in Melbourne, you can soak in all of that juicy Pause Fest knowledge in a deluxe, intimate setting.

Topics: Local, All Topics



Specialist Stage - NGV Ian Potter (NEW)

Not all venues are created equal, and NGV’s Ian Potter Centre is proof of that. Designed to evoke the distinct character of Melbourne’s laneways, it’s about as Melbourne-centric as the city’s venues get. With entry through a huge wintergarden atrium, this dramatic, comfortable, 100-seat space is a fantastic backdrop for the insightful, industry-shattering ideas of Pause Fest.  

Topics: Leadership, Talent, Culture


ACMI Studio1

Tech Stage - ACMI Studio 1 (NEW)

With a huge stage area and uber-comfortable stadium seating, Studio 1 is a sensational spot for presentations, workshops, seminars and much more besides. It can seat up to 70, and offers an intimate setting with high-tech capabilities, such as a green screen and live camera feed.

Topics: Startup, Digital, Technology



ACMI Cube - Workshops

This purpose-designed, light-filled function space features floor-to-ceiling windows and is ideal for meetings, workshops, lunches, cocktail events and dinners.

Topics: All Topics



Tech Garden (Expo) - Fed Square Atrium

With its 15-metre suspended ceiling and cantilevered opening onto Flinders Street, The Atrium is one of Melbourne’s most impressive highlights. Considered the nerve centre of Federation Square, The Atrium is a galleria-like structure of glass and steel, which will host the Pause Startup Expo. Its direct link through to the Deakin Edge theatre allows easy access between the two venues, meaning a super flexible festival experience.