Have you spent all of winter in hibernation and are suddenly suffering from Netflix guilt? Or worse, severe FOMO from all the people seeing, hearing and doing all of the things on your social media feeds? It's all good, we got you. Presenting seven of the quickest, coolest and most high-low ways to inject some enriching, intelligent, artistic culture cred into your life. Just don't forget to tag us @buro247australia.
Attend an art fair
Serious collectors and the art-curious alike will be in for an enamouring, pupil-dilating treat this September in Sydney when not one, but two contemporary art fairs hit the city on the same weekend. The enormous Sydney Contemporary will house over 70 galleries from here and abroad, and, for the first time, the UK's biggest artist-led fair, The Other Art Fair arrives, offering both affordable works as well as fine art pieces from emerging talents.
Check out a pick and mix festival
Featuring everything from live music and circus, to cabaret, talks, theatre, art, film, dance and more, the Brisbane Festival in early September is a one-stop-cultural-shop of events worth checking out daily. Missed out on tickets? No problem. The festival hub in Southbank has plenty of concerts, shows, presentations, and parties for next-to-nix.
Brisbane Festival, 5- 26 September, brisbanefestival.com.au
Join the conversation
Take a seat, kick back, and let some of Australia's leading culture makers and innovative minds navigate a deep dialogue of ideas, debate and connection. Coming up soon, three, sure-to-sell-out TEDx events, in Melbourne, Queensland and Bendigo, and the iconic Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House.
Party among the art after dark
Who said art museums were just for statues? Get amongst the party with these three sundown events, curated by gallery staff, musical culture makers and artists. At the Art Gallery of WA, The Preatures, Clare Bowditch, San Cisco and Guy Pearce all have upcoming performances inside the space; and over on the east coast, Sydney's MCA has monthly parties curated by local artists, while the NGV, plays host to a local musical performance every Sunday.
Brush up on your life skills
Forget community college night classes, Melbourne's The School of Life serves up education spun with a level intelligence and out-of-the-box thinking akin to no other. Founded in London by Alain deBotton, this philosophically-driven institution offers classes on almost every topic imaginable, from culture-led subjects like poetry, pop, architecture, and art to informative and insightful "how-tos" like "How to Stay Calm", "How to Think Like an Entrepreneur" and "How to Have Better Conversations", and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
The School of Life, www.theschooloflife.com
Go on a food safari
So you think you know the best foodie stops in your city? Maybe, maybe not - why not hit up the crew at Gourmet Safari to find out? Offering specialised culinary tours that venture beyond the token haunts and aren't just for tourists - from the best Greek in Melbourne, to Western Sydney's best pho, and Kangaroo Valley's gourmet offerings, there's a tour for every taste.
Immerse yourself in cross-cultural dance
So you've been to the ballet, you've fallen in love with every musical this year and you're already a state opera company member. Then graduate onto one of the most immersive, compelling international performances to hit our shores this year: Думи мої - Dumy Moyi. Choreographed by Frenchman Francois Chaignaud, in collaboration with fashion designer Romain Brau, this intimate performance fuses the unlikely elements of Indian religious performance, 19th century dime theatre and the rhythm of Ukrainian, Philippine and Sephardic music.
Думи мої - Dumy Moyi, September 30 - October 3, Carriageworks Sydney, carriageworks.com.au