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July events in Sydney

Find the coolest events in Sydney this month

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Find the coolest events in Sydney this month, from the best ice skating in the city to major theatre, film, art exhibitions and kids' school holiday events. It tends to be pretty cold in the first month of winter, so find yourself a pub with a cosy fireplace or head along to the annual Aroma Festival for steaming hot coffee, or hide inside at the Festival of Russian Resurrection Film Fest. For fans of live music, look out for sideshows for Splendour in the Grass.

The biggest events in July

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Thais

If you've seen Nicole Car sing, then you'll know she's got the vocal chops to pull of this role – but does she have the naughty streak? She'll need it to play Egyptian courtesan Thaïs, whose powers of seduction are enough to divert the evangelising monk Athanaël from virtue to vice – or at least, lust. Singing opposite her is Québecois baritone Étienne Dupuis.  This will be a one-night-only staged concert – no set design or props, just a costumed cast and orchestra.

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Sydney Town Hall , Sydney Saturday July 22 2017
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The Dark Matters

After two blistering, provocative shows in 2016 (Heavy Artillery and Vile Bodies) White Rabbit Gallery are going zen for their next show: The Dark Matters explores how contemporary Chinese artists are working with (and in some cases against) tradition. At the same time, the exhibition will embrace certain aspects of the past, including the black-and-white colour code of traditional ink paintings. The Dark Matters will present work by 34 artists, including Lin Yan, Feng Mengbo, Jiang Pengyi, Lin Tianmiao, Tang Nannan, Li Xiaofei and Yang Mushi.

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White Rabbit , Chippendale Until Sunday July 30 2017

It's cold enough for a roast!

Christmas in July

Christmas in July makes perfect sense in Sydney, since it’s finally cold enough to enjoy having the oven on for hours, wearing ugly knitted jumpers and eating dense fruit cake served in a literal ring of brandy fire. But if you’re not quite up to hosting, gather your tribe and hit up one of these festive feasts.

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By: Emily Lloyd-Tait

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