From super hyped TV, Film and Festivals to ice skating in the city, Noelle Faulkner rounds up the best things to do this July. 

"I can't believe it's July already." "Where has the year gone?" "F*ck it's so cold." During my morning coffee runs and office commutes lately, I've been tallying up the most uttered sentences and those three take the trophy, usually, all uttered within seconds of each other. Granted, the time and the weather are widely accepted small talk, but still, come-winter and we become a nation of complainers.

Enduring winter in Australia is a lot like moving through simplified stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining and acceptance. A reality check that drops like an anvil halfway through the year, sitting in that space between the plonks of falling autumn seedpods and the cry of baby animals in spring. It comes in many guises: cold, dark nights reminding us that a summer romance has faded (or fiery nights curled up with a hot body that makes it hard to rise in the morning); uncomfortable chills hitting the bone and hijacking almost every moment of the day or the knock of the taxman at your door.

They say that in order to change your body, you must first change your mindset - not referring to a fitness regime (though, they also do say that summer bodies start in winter...), but more like, stop whinging and do something. Winter is here (including new Game of Thrones), it's cold: deal with it. July brings outdoor skating rinks to coastal cities, winter comfort food festivities, a noir-drama-and-deadpan-comedy-soaked Scandinavian Film Festival and the northern hemisphere's party anthems and feel-good-hit-flicks-of-summer. It will also see a heart-warming claymation exhibition arrive in Melbourne and a toasty festival of red wines take over the Adelaide Hills. The Victorian slopes are still coated in snow and begging to be carved, NSW's Blue Mountains open-fires call for romance and the Outback is cool enough for exploring. A suggested half-year resolution? Don't let another six months pass you by for you to complain about...

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The Buro 24/7 culture guide: July 2017