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Five Free June Events in Melbourne

As wintry winds and rain buffet Melbourne, save your cold, hard cash by treating yourself to some free entertainment away from the harsh elements. This month's offerings leave the great outdoors to themselves, and invite you instead to find "diamonds on the inside" from the worlds of history, cinema, music and writing. Warm up and enjoy.

Antipodes Writers Festival

Antipodes is an initiative of the Greek Community of Melbourne & Victoria. This year they will present the inaugural Antipodes Writers Festival from 15 to 17 June 2012, showcasing the diverse works of a range of Greek Australian writers, and their contributions to the literary life of Australia

When: Friday 15 June to Sunday 17 June 2012.
Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
What's On: Talks by, and discussions with, Greek Australian poets, playwrights, novelists and storytellers. Topics include politics, religion, multiculturalism, family and culture.
More Information: Opening night and evening presentations are ticketed events. All day-time sessions are free but you must reserve your place here. You can download the festival program here.

Royal Melbourne Exhibition at City Gallery

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the City of Melbourne's City Gallery is presenting the very royal and regal Royal Melbourne Exhibition that focuses on ties between the British monarchy and the City of Melbourne. It concentrates on the visits of Queen Elizabeth in 1954 and Prince Alfred in 1867.

When: Until 8 September 2012.
Where: City Gallery, Melbourne Ttown Hall.
What's On: The exhibition is curated by noted Melbourne historian and author Robyn Annear and includes photographs, artefacts and royal paraphernalia.

Protect the Astor Free Film Screening

The Astor Theatre has been screening films for 80 years in its heritage-listed landmark St Kilda building. In the face of stalled lease renewal talks with the building's owners, St Michael's Grammar School, and the possibility of closure, Friends of the Astor are holding a free, fun launch of Protect the Astor on Saturday 2 June.

When: 12 noon to 3pm Saturday 16 June 2012
Where: Astor Theatre, corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road, St Kilda.
What's On: Free screening of "Labyrinth", jaffa rolling and free popcorn. Win prizes for the best dressed movie character
More Information: See the website here or check out Friends of the Astor here and sign their petition, which at last count has 12,000 signatures.

Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique is a world-wide musical celebration held in 450 cities across the globe. The full Melbourne program has yet to be released but you can be sure you won't be short on choices. The activities for this year's celebration of all things music will be centred on The City of Port Phillip. In past years choirs, classical musicians, folk singers, buskers and opera singers have given pop-up performances in unlikely places.

When: Thursday 21 June 2012
Where: Various venues.
What's On: Free musical performances in a range of genres and surprising locations.
More Information: The full program detailing artists and venues will soon be available on the website.

Southgate Deckchair Cinema

Outside? Inside? Or a unique movie mixture of venues, complete with deckchairs? Southgate Deckchair Cinema is back in full swing with its winter program of blockbusters and old favourites including the multi award-winning The Queen, in another timely nod to Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

When: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm throughout June.
Where: Southgate
What's On: Movies include Batman Begins, The Iron Lady, The Castle, The Queen, Napoleon Dynamite, The Descendants and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
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Why? Warm up with free indoor winter entertainment.
When: Throughout June
Where: Various venues. See article for full details.
Cost: It's all free.
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