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September events in Sydney

We're here to help your social life blossom in the first month of spring

Maxim Boon
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Maxim Boon

Throw off your doonas and discard your scarves: spring has sprung in Sydney. September not only heralds the arrival of warmer weather, but much like the trees and flowers waking up from the winter snooze, life is returning to the city's social scene, with more events, performances, exhibitions, markets, and spring flings on the cards, all with CovidSafe measures in place, of course.

Shake off those winter cobwebs with a stroll through a flower-filled garden, a refreshing dip in one of the city's ocean pools, or if you really want to give yourself a thorough spring airing, bust out the birthday suit at one of Sydney's best nude beaches.

It's also the perfect time of year to give your home, garden or balcony a glow-up with some leafy additions, so head to these top plant nurseries where you can pick up a few new fronds.

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September's best events

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Every other year, the Biennale of Sydney transforms the city’s major creative institutions into an exhilarating showcase of the world's most exciting artists. Wiradjuri man Brook Andrew took the reins as the Biennale’s first Indigenous Australian artistic director this year, with the Wiradjuri word “Nirin” (edge) his theme for the 22nd iteration. 

Championing First Nations artists from near and far, there’s a big focus on further decolonising Western art’s traditionally hallowed spaces, ensuring we all get to touch the edge of the sky and understand one another through new cultural lenses.

Of course, things got a little unexpectedly waylaid as restrictions on mass gatherings meant venues closed their doors ten days in, but that didn’t stop the creative spirit. Nirin successfully went digital and now the doors have re-opened with an extended run, including the addition of Carriageworks after a nail-biting drama. 

With a staggering 700 works on show from 101 artists, it can be overwhelming figuring out just what to see. Don't panic, here’s our insider’s guide to the Biennale of Sydney.

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