Hit a cultural wall this month? Let culturemaker Noelle Faulkner point you in the right direction

While I have no way to prove this, I believe there are more literary quotes about the blossoming and blooming and benevolence of spring than there are about any other season. Every great has written about the season of love in one way or another, spring itself is writer's catnip. We can't help ourselves when it comes to the growth, the promise, the joy. There's also a poetic tragedy of Spring, which, for the of you who actually read these columns (hi mum, dad) know I have written about before.

When something falls in spring. It falls hard. Be it falling in love, falling out of love, falling out of a tree (RIP baby kookaburra of Redfern) or falling into the first saltwater dip of the season. When something grows in Spring, it blooms fast. Love and heartbreak and loss and success are felt threefold, and it seems as though the kookaburras as laughing at you and the bulbous flowers raise their faces in an act of pure smug.  

In saying that, October is the month of optimism. Daylight savings is washing the afternoons with an amber hue for the first time, that thick visual honey that reminds you it won't be long until the nights are fuelled by Golden Gaytimes and salt water moonlight dips, and the distant vistas (and social media feeds) become awash of jacaranda spam. You start to plan your summer - the best one ever - snapping tickets to festivals, sideshows, looking at alfresco events in your town. Lucky, because they're starting to roll in, kicking off with boutique festivals, outdoor cinemas and of course, the infamous noodle markets.  This month also sees some really fantastic musical drops from Beck, Kelela and St. Vincent, as well as the epic Melbourne Festival and the arrival of the incredible Blade Runner 2049. Whichever way you fall this month, at least summer is coming to slow things down.

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The Buro 24/7 culture guide: October 2017