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52 Weeks of #SydCulture in 2017

Take Time Out Sydney's challenge: commit to trying one cultural event or activity each week for 2017

Photograph: Anna Kucera (c) City of Sydney
Nick Cave HEARD•SYD performance, Pitt St Mall, for Art & About

This year Time Out Sydney is inviting all Sydneysiders to see and participate in more culture in their city – one thing per week. Why? Because it makes you a happier and better person who is more satisfied with their city. We know, because you told us: our City Index survey revealed that while Sydneysiders REALLY don't like living in their city, the ones who HAVE found true love with Sydney are those who see more theatre (in particular) and culture generally.

Each week in our Thursday newsletter we'll be recommending our top pick for what to do that weekend or following week – for free, or at least for cheap.

We'll also be inviting a different guest blogger each month (all of them Sydney culture hunters we love) to share what they saw and loved that week.

We also want YOU to tell US what's good: share your favourite slices of Sydney theatre, dance, public art, comedy, performance or live music – with the hashtag #sydculture. We'll be throwing free tickets and other treats your way, to help you live your best Syd lyf in 2017.

52 weeks of #SydCulture: the countdown

Week 1: The challenge begins
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Week 1: The challenge begins

Starting this week, Time Out Sydney is kicking off one of its biggest editorial campaigns to date – here's why.

Week 2: Jess Scully selects

Week 2: Jess Scully selects

City of Sydney councillor and former Vivid Ideas honcho Jess Scully is our culture selector for January. Here's her hot tips.

Week 3: Jess Scully selects
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Week 3: Jess Scully selects

Of all the things she saw over the last week, Jess recommends you see two immersive installations – both of which are free, but close soon.

Week 4: Jess Scully selects
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Week 4: Jess Scully selects

This is the week to celebrate strong women and strong men in two must-see exhibitions by Indigenous artists.

Week 5: Jess Scully selects

Week 5: Jess Scully selects

In her fifth – and final – blog, Jess rails against the death of Sydney nightlife and how it diminishes our cultural life too.

Week 6: Kat Dopper selects
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Week 6: Kat Dopper selects

This Art Deco bar is a hidden gem in Sydney’s deflated live music scene.

Week 7: Kat Dopper selects
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Week 7: Kat Dopper selects

Pussy cats, pole dancing, a goddess on a bed of nails, a merman in a wading pool... Where were YOU on Thursday night?

Week 8: Kat Dopper selects
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Week 8: Kat Dopper selects

"Of all of the events on the Mardi Gras calendar, Koori Gras is my number one pick. And the opening night at 107 Projects in Redfern was incredible..."

Week 9: Kat Dopper selects
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Week 9: Kat Dopper selects

The Heaps Gay founder, Mardi Gras board member and Time Out Sydney's 2017 'Queen of the Party' is spruiking $3 live music for her final blog.

Week 10: Kali Reid selects
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Week 10: Kali Reid selects

"My goal for the year is to see more live music, and this week I went to catch an old favourite, PVT, spinning their fifth album at Oxford Art Factory."

Week 11: Kali Reid selects
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Week 11: Kali Reid selects

"As with many people, I confess I find it increasingly difficult to engage with the refugee debate in Australia. ... [This show] gives me determination not to let the toxic debate crush me into submission."

Week 12: Kali Reid selects
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Week 12: Kali Reid selects

"I appreciated the warmth and trust which was cultivated in this show, and the way that it draws back the curtain again and again, allowing me to sit in this space, on the brink between what we know and what is ultimately unknowable."

Week 13: Kali Reid selects
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Week 13: Kali Reid selects

"No matter how many times we get locked in, locked out, shuffled through queues, told to stop eating here, stop drinking there, to not make any noise anywhere.... dancing is too important."

Week 14: Roslyn Helper selects
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Week 14: Roslyn Helper selects

“To travel along a Desire Line is to engender an alternate direction of behaviour or thought. Desire Lines traverse both physical and cognitive space, and so to step differently is also to think in new ways. A Desire Line is the hole in the fence, the absent-minded turn, the shortcut home.”

Week 15: Roslyn Helper selects
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Week 15: Roslyn Helper selects

At the most recent NAS Nights event, a fake Real Housewife (and real artist) interviewed a real Real Housewife – and things got pretty confusing. But also interesting.

Week 16: Roslyn Helper selects
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Week 16: Roslyn Helper selects

Sydney needs less Pop Ups and more STAY UPs. Enter: new arts space Down/Under, housed under one of the inner city's favourite bars and party spots.

Week 17: Roslyn Helper selects
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Week 17: Roslyn Helper selects

"This week I went to Firstdraft to check out artist JD Reforma’s exhibition Coconut Republic, an exhibition that explores how American corporate ideology has colonised our modern field of vision."

Week 18: Mathieu Ravier selects
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Week 18: Mathieu Ravier selects

"This creative haven has allowed under-25s to make innovative new work and meaningful connections for over four decades, and yet I’d never sampled their work."

Week 19: Mathieu Ravier selects
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Week 19: Mathieu Ravier selects

Sydney Dance Company's latest work is masterclass in the marvels of contemporary dance.

Week 20: Mathieu Ravier selects
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Week 20: Mathieu Ravier selects

Broken treasures and unusable heirlooms are given a new life in this inspiring project.

Week 21: Mathieu Ravier selects
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Week 21: Mathieu Ravier selects

This experiential theatre show turns a gallery visit into an art heist.

Week 22: Mathieu Ravier selects
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Week 22: Mathieu Ravier selects

There's a free weekly gathering where you can engage with and learn about Aboriginal culture, history and knowledge.

Week 23: Emily Nicol selects
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Week 23: Emily Nicol selects

June's culture selector, NITV and Koori Radio journalist/producer Emily Nicol, reckons you should brave the crowds for this Vivid Light work.

Week 24: Emily Nicol selects
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Week 24: Emily Nicol selects

This week Emily's crushing on a fabulous dance/comedy/strip tease/song extravaganza served up with some social activism by an all-female cast; and it’s much, much more than just a performance.

Week 25: Emily Nicol selects
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Week 25: Emily Nicol selects

This week celebrates the power of positive storuies: Rumble –a missing chapter in the history of modern music – and Djuki Mala.

Week 26: Emily Nicol selects
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Week 26: Emily Nicol selects

This week's culture trip features two transportive exhibitions that touch on human reverence for nature and the sublime.

Week 27: Caroline Gates selects
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Week 27: Caroline Gates selects

July’s culture selector is Caroline Gates: Program Director at FBi Radio.

Week 28: Caroline Gates selects
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Week 28: Caroline Gates selects

Caro drops in to a free pop-up interactive sound laboratory in Marrickville.

Week 29: Caroline Gates selects
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Week 29: Caroline Gates selects

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Best art this month
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Best art this month

All of these are on through June, most of them are free.

Shows for $45 and less
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Shows for $45 and less

Experiencing great theatre on a budget is totally possible.