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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL The term ‘free jazz’ doesn’t only describe a particular kind of honking saxophone solo, it also applies to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival program! This annual celebration of improvisation features daily concerts at Fed Square, evening sound walks and nights of dance in the tradition of 20th-century speakeasies... none of which will cost you a note. Alongside these events you’ll find ticketed shows by local and international jazz legends. melbournejazz.com | 03 9001 1388 | Some shows ticketed | Adult from $12

THE LIGHT IN WINTER When the frost descends, Fed Square warms things up with The Light In Winter – an annual festival that delivers exactly what it promises. Drop by any night to see local and international artists, communities and designers present their glowing creations after sunset. Grab a spot by the totem campfire Leempeeyt Weeyn and enjoy a free program of music, dance, Indigenous storytelling and a very special winter solstice celebration. Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne | fedsquare.com | June–July

STATE OF DESIGN Whether you’re a student, a studio boss or just a sucker for good design, this is the time to celebrate Victoria’s objects, clothes, buildings, alphabets and the people who invent them. The annual 11-day event includes markets, free talks, screenings and workshops covering fashion, graphic art and architecture. Speaking of which, don’t miss the festival’s free Melbourne Open House event – an excuse to snoop around some of our most mysterious buildings! stateofdesign.com.au | 03 9650 3963 | Some shows ticketed | Adult from $20

CRAFT CUBED The name might remind you a bit of high school maths, but this is actually a celebration of all things hand-made. Presented by Craft Victoria, Craft Cubed is a month-long festival of creative handiwork, from knitting and crochet to ceramics and jewellery. There are exhibitions, markets, beginners’ classes and free open studio events where you can watch expert crafters at work. Pick up some gifts and leave with some tips. craftvic.org.au/whats-on/craft-cubed | 03 9650 7775

MELBOURNE WRITERS FESTIVAL Ever come across a story – either imagined, told or overheard – and thought it should be written down? Starting in late August each year, the Melbourne Writers Festival celebrates the people who’ve committed that inkling to ink (or inkjet). The free and ticketed events program includes talks to satisfy all kinds of word-lovers whether you’re into comics, newspapers, books, blogs or tweets. mwf.com.au | 03 9094 7859 | Some shows ticketed | Adult from $21.50

Cheap Arts Guide  

This little book is a guide to hundreds of free and affordable goings-on in Melbourne – and right around Victoria. Read on for music, comedy...

Cheap Arts Guide  

This little book is a guide to hundreds of free and affordable goings-on in Melbourne – and right around Victoria. Read on for music, comedy...

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