Briefing Melbourne: 12 June – 18 June

Monday 12 June – Sunday 18 June


The Emerging Writers’ Festival

When: Wednesday 14 June – Saturday 23 June

OPENING NIGHT: Our Invincible Summer

Hear from upcoming writers discussing the future and issues of today. Speakers include: Rachel Ang, Michael Green and Abdul Aziz Muhamat, Philly, Omar Sakr and Azri Zakkiyah.

Times: 7pm – 9pm, Wednesday 14 June

Where: Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Cost: Free, registration online

Relax at the Library

Feeling a little tired midweek? Melbourne’s libraries provide great stress relieving (and free) activities to get you through to the weekend!

After-Work Story Lounge

No time to read after work? Listen to hand-picked stories or poems as a post work treat.

When: 6pm – 7pm, Tuesday 13 June (second Tuesday of the month)

Where: City Library


Bring your own project or utilise the resources provided, you can sew, draw and create until your hearts content.

When: 6pm – 8pm, Thursdays until 29 June

Where: City Library


The Wider Project

Listen to Joseph Nolan play the grand organ at the Town Hall. If you have not experienced an organ symphony in the Town Hall, this is your opportunity!

When: 1pm-2:30pm Wed (14 June), 1pm-2:30pm and 8pm-9:30pm Fri (16 June) and 2pm-3:30pm Sun (18 June)

Where: Melbourne Town Hall

Cost: Free! register online

Weekend Events

Truffle Melbourne Festival

It’s the start of the Truffle picking season and Queen Victoria Market is celebrating. See cooking demonstrations and eat affordable truffles while enjoying live music.

When: 9am – 3pm Saturday 17 June, 9am – 4pm Sunday 18 June

Where: Queen Victoria Market

Unplugged Live

As part of the ‘Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990’s‘, Sunday afternoons at the NGV will house local musicians.

When: 2pm – 3pm, Sundays until 23 July

Where: NGV Australia, Federation Square

Cost: Free, but places limited so collect ticket from front desk from 12pm on the day

Planning Ahead

Refugee Week

When: Sunday 18 June –  Saturday 24 June

Refugee Film Festival

When: 18 – 23 June

Where: Cinema Nova, Carlton

World Refugee Day 2017

This is not until next week but I think it’s worth mentioning now so you can get organised.

When: Tuesday 20 June

My Journey, My Home

Bringing refugee and migrant communities together to celebrate diverse cultures and traditions. Event is supported by Diaspora Action Australia and there will be dancing, music, short films and dramatic performance.

Times: 10am – 4pm

Where: Flinders Street Station concourse

Immigration Museum Open Day

The Immigration Museum will open it’s doors with free entry to celebrate World Refugee Day. While you are there, check out the world travelling Inflatable Refugee exhibition and find out personal stories of people seeking asylum in Australia.

Times: 10am – 5pm, there will also be a free panel discussion from 6pm – 8pm with SBS journalist Kristina Kukolja

Where: Immigration Museum

Free Views – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Walk through to the Plenary and head up to the top floor, from here you will be looking back across the Yarra River toward Southbank. Beautiful!

Melbourne Facts

The first AFL game was played in 1858 just outside the MCG, inspired by a local Indigenous game and designed to keep cricketers fit in in winter. The game was played between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar School, lasted for three days and ended in a draw of one goal a side.


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