There's more than one way to get a dose of culture this August, here Buro culture maker Noelle Faulkner rounds up 31 to choose from
This month's culture guide is late - which usually, I'd say is very unlike me, but, lately it's pretty much what's been happening. Normally, I'm a Kermit typing gif of productivity, T.C.B-ing my way though the month, but that hasn't been the case. I've asked around too, and I know I'm not the only one. I feel like everyone's current response to "what's been happening?" is, "UGHHHHHHHJUJHIFGUYUIDHIFHIGHF SO BUSY!"
Unless you recently were one of those people, who filled up social feeds with azure waters and Northern Hemisphere solar flares, there's a chance you too might need a break or an escape. It's the eighth month of the year - where has it gone?
This is where the self-indulgence of culture can help - taking time out to lock yourself in a dark room with a moving film, getting lost in a book, soaking in music that hits all the feels, widening your pupils an art show or pampering your tastebuds with a decedent meal. Often, we forget how easy it is to make an escape, because we don't have the time. But culture is all around us, it's not a chore (like getting up at 5am to run on a moving platform) and it's not a one-size-fits all thing, on the contrary, it can be as personal as you want it to be, you just have to find the space to allow it.
As for the best sensory escapes happening this month around the country, there's plenty of fantastic art shows happening - from a retrospective of Australia's most influential conceptual artist, provocateur Mike Parr to a boutique art fair in Melbourne. There are also plenty of cool gigs, flicks and of course, mindless watching courtesy of the Olympics.