You'll find there's still lots of summery things to do in Sydney during the first month of autumn, including music events and theatre by the harbour. It's International Women's Day on March 8 and a good place to celebrate that and talk about gender equality is the All About Women festival on Sunday March 5. It's a good month for food festivals as Taste of Sydney and March into Merivale take place. Plus, there's Earth Hour, Parramasala and A Moveable Feast.
Major events in March
Art Month in Sydney is about much more than exhibitions – although there are certainly a lot of them; the program extends to talks, tours, open studios, performances, workshops and classes. This year's Art Month sees the return of two popular annual features: the Collectors Space exhibition, which each year throws open the private collections of some of Sydney's most acquisitive art-lovers, and the Art At Night program, which throws precinct-wide parties combining performance, pop-up food and drink, and extended gallery hours.
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.
Just when you thought the party was over, the time travelling DJ Tom Loud takes things up a notch by blending his globally successful Hot Dub Time Machine parties with wine and sunshine. The two-hour dance party Hot Dub Time Machine flies through tracks from 1954 to the present day, with a song to represent each year. Hot Dub Wine Machine will be a full-bodied day of booze, tunes and dancing in the countryside, dubbed the ‘Best. Chardy. Ever.’
“If you spot a dolphin during class your next session is free of charge,” says Sasha Hawley, founder and teacher at Bondi’s Yoga by the Sea on a Sunday morning. Hawley’s offer gets a giggle from the locals and tourists trying to hold their balance in tree pose as they squint into the morning sun and focus on the horizon – but she’s totally serious. “We see so many! We like to keep the students’ eye-line on the ocean. It’s been proven to relax the brain waves and it helps nurture the practice.”
No Lights No Lycra – the weekly, one-hour dance class that takes place in the dark. It’s pitch black in the room. Maher and her friend Jodie Fisher, 26, started running NLNL classes in Newtown four years ago, and their Bondi nights around two-and-a-half years ago. “They’re both the same concept, but the nights have their own characters,” says Maher. “People love to pump out the big tunes here, and in Newtown they love the ’80s songs.”