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And just like that, the year is halfway through as we leave the busy month of June behind and enter July. What have you been doing these last six months? How are you going with those resolutions you made at the beginning of the year? Ha.

June Review

June was rather busy for me. By day I work in the finance world so the End of Financial Year is when I’m overworked and burnt out, but before I knew that would happen, I was able to see the incredible SOLANGE perform at the Sydney Opera House for Vivid Sydney. Hands down, it was one of the best live performances I’ve seen in a long time. If you didn’t see one of her four shows, you definitely missed out! The CLIPPED Music Video Festival and was inspired by women in the tech industry at Vogue Codes. And finally, I also managed to check out the wondrous Vivid Lights (again), thanks Trong Ngyuen for the above images!

So what’s in store for JULY?

July Recommendations

4-29 July @ Carriageworks
The internationally acclaimed Ryoji Ikeda returns to Carriageworks with micro | macro. Developed during a residency at CERN, European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Switzerland, micro | macro is an immersive installation which sits at the intersection of art and quantum physics. Ikeda utilises the Planck Scale (which measures the smallest components of the universe – atoms) as a way to contrast our human scale to the microscopic and unobservable.

8-15 July @ Various Locations

Sydney, it’s time to celebrate our culture from way back. NAIDOC Week is seriously bursting with exciting events, performances, markets, tours and foodie gems all across Sydney celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples!

Bondi Feast
18-29 July @ Bondi Pavilion

BONDI FEAST is back! Following four years of hot winters by the beach, Bondi’s fringe-style winter festival kicks back into gear this month. Celebrating all the best in theatre, music, comedy, visual arts and food, it’s basically just one major carnival playground!

Brian Reed
29 July @ Sydney Opera House

If you’re a fan of podcasts and investigative journalism, then there’s no doubt that you’ve already jumped on the S Town bandwagon, which means you probably already know that this event is happening but just in case you don’t, creator Brian Reed is in town to have a chat at the Sydney Opera House.


Chau Tran is the founder of The 5 to 9 Life, a blog that covers fashion, music, art/design, and events happening around the country (and beyond) outside of her 9 to 5 corporate job. Check out more of her writing at http://www.the5to9life.com/

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