With restrictions beginning to ease, we can’t wait to take our bookish pursuits outside – and then back inside as we cheerily venture into galleries, theatres and cinemas for that much missed in-person culture dose. For your perusal, we’ve begun to gather upcoming events that we’re looking forward to immersing our bookworm brains in – both online and off. 

  • Love Your Bookshop Day is on today and there’s lots of ways to get involved and tell your local how much you love them. Order a new book; do a shout-out on socials; watch this Jimmy Rees skit on the people you encounter in bookshops; read Amelia Mellor’s ‘Eight ways to love your local bookshop’ article; and tune in to a special podcast with Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales. 

  • Join the virtual launch of Sydney Theatre Company’s Act 1 to be the first to glimpse what lies ahead in 2022, or check out Julius Caesar and Death of a Salesman. While you wait, enjoy the theatre’s online video series featuring performances from actors including Miranda Tapsell and Hugo Weaving. 

  • From the Art Gallery of NSW, Matisse Alive is “flooding the Art Gallery with colour and energy”; a free program of art, music, performance and community to celebrate one of the world’s most renowned artists. 

  • You can also enjoy the gallery from home with online exhibitions such as ‘Medium Earth’, which presents four vignettes from four artists that channel earthly media into the digital. “From camels in the southern Gobi desert to a reanimated thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) roaming the Art Gallery of NSW, artists invite us into more-than-human lifeways.”   

  • Next week, the State Library of NSW will be streaming two special events. The next instalment of its series 'A Foreign Country: Travels through the Past' will feature Professor of History Victoria Haskins reflecting "upon the extraordinary story of my great-grandmother Joan Kingsley-Strack, and her personal campaign against the policies of child removal in NSW during the 1930s". While Professor of Political Science Sally Young shares how newspaper companies took over Australian television.
  • Prepare to see internationally renowned artist Doug Aitken in an exhibition exclusive to Sydney. In this MCA exhibition, “installations, objects, photographs, and vast immersive multi-screen environments…will envelop you within a kaleidoscope of moving imagery and sound”.

  • From Sydney Opera House comes this cinematic film comprising concert footage and behind-the-scenes insights into songwriter and musician Ed Kuepper and drummer Jim White. For a different kind of nourishment from the House, learn how to make the perfect croissant with Bennelong's Head Pastry Chef. Or stream the comedy cabaret Bigger & Blacker from Steven Oliver, a “no-holds-barred ode to his personal journey”. 

  • The Powerhouse Museum is undoubtedly powered up for 11 October when various exhibitions will be opened to the public. From what promises to be a delightful exhibition of keyboards from the mid-20th century and a remarkable showcase of Robert Rosen’s photography to an exhibition where you can watch films from seats built in 1932 in a homage to the old art deco cinemas of Sydney.