July events in Sydney

Heat up your social life with the best events in Sydney this month
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We’re in the thick of the chilly season now, but that won’t stop us from seeking out all kinds fun around the city. Head to wintery festivals to find the best outdoor ice skating spots, or celebrate Indigenous Australian women this NAIDOC Week with live music and workshops around Sydney. If you need a small reprieve from the cold, there’s at least 101 fun things to do indoors in Sydney and pubs with fireplaces that’ll warm your tired bones.

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John Russell: Australia's French Impressionist 2018 Art Gallery of NSW supplied
John Russell 'Mrs Russell among the flowers in the garden of Goulphar, Belle-Île' 1907
Art, Galleries

John Russell: Australia's French impressionist

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Australian artist John Russell was a close friend of Van Gogh and Rodin, dined with Monet and was credited by Matisse for teaching him the basics of colour theory. Yet despite his talent and illustrious connections, few Australians have heard of him, let alone seen any of his work. This survey of his work is the first in 40 years, and brings together around a hundred of his painting and drawings.

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Sport and fitness, Running

The best funs runs in Sydney

Sydney has a few major running festivals every year, with full marathons and more managable 5k and 10k stretches around the city. Some are more suited to competitive types and others are all about the finish-line party. 

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