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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published May 13th 2020
From massive cheese wheels delivered to posing nude for art
Life at home during COVID-19 does not have to be boring with the list below of fun and exciting things to do this May at home.

1. Order & get delivery from Darlinghurst's Lankan Filling Station

Lankan Filling Station has introduced takeaway, and staff will be delivering delicious delights straight to your door. Ready-to-go food includes choose-your-own-adventure banquets, curries, roti, pappadums, and more. This was announced on May 5, so details are still new. Be sure to check out their Instagram account for all details. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Lankan Filling Station Facebook


2. Did someone say cheese?

For all the cheese enthusiasts being stuck at home, did you know Darlinghurt's Buffalo Dining Club is delivering 1.5kg wheels of cheese to households across Sydney? Buffalo Dining Club will also provide tips and ideas on what to do make with your cheese. This May, get 'cheesy' by creating cheese-inspired dishes. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Buffalo Dining Club Facebook


3. Get nude at home

Spencer Tunick's latest project involves you getting nude for art. The American photographer wants to take a naked photo of you for his new project, Stay Apart Together. He is known for getting volunteers-often in the thousands to pose naked together en masse in public spaces, but this time you just have to do is email Tunick to register your interest, and if you are successful, he takes a photo of you online, which will then be compiled into a digital collage. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Spencer Tunick Facebook


4. Read a book

This May, read the top books suggested by Sydney Writer's Festival director Michaela McGuire. Books include The Adversary by Melbourne's Ronnie Scott, Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener, Throat by Ellen van Neervan, Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs, and Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson.

5. Watch Hearts and Bones (shot in Western Sydney)

Actor Hugo Weaving, known for his roles in The Matrix trilogy, Lord of the Rings and The Dressmaker, worked with a couple of novices on the new feature Hearts and Bones.

Filmed and set in Western Sydney, the film portrays an unlikely friendship that develops when a Sudanese taxi driver, Amad, tracks down acclaimed photojournalist, Daniel (played by Weaving), and begs him not to go ahead with an exhibition featuring images from a massacre that took place in Amad's town in Sudan 15 years earlier. Due to Coronavirus, the film is now released digitally. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Hearts and Bones Facebook


6. Watch groundbreaking cinema

With audiences unable to gather in movie theatres for the foreseeable future, the Sydney South African Film Festival will be going digital this May and showcase a far-reaching program that will draw on South Africa's diversity and its complex political and economical realities. The festival will be held from 16-26 May 2020 online. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney South African Film Festival Facebook


7. Virtual open home weekend

Take a virtual stickybeak inside the homes of Australian celebrities on May 16 & 17 2020 between 12:30-4:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm on Sunday. The virtual tours not only let you nose around celebrity homes, but they will also offer design inspiration for your own home. Click here for the website.

8. Take a virtual hike

New South Wales National Park's is offering a virtual hike with their trekking companion. See sweeping, mountainous vistas, unseen natural beauty, rugged coastal and rainforest landscapes, and more without leaving the comfort of your home.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services have hit the ground in their hiking boots to capture over 1,350km of spectacular imagery from New South Wales's most stunning walking tracks and beyond. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook


9. Tramsheds Growers Markets have gone virtual

I think I speak for most people, we miss our markets! Tramsheds Growers Markets are selling their finest products online. Products include bakery goods, deli & smallgoods, fresh produce, boxes of organic fruit & vegetables, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Tramsheds Growers Market Facebook


10. Order candy bar snacks & cocktails

The low-lit indie Surry Hills Cinema might have their doors shut, however, they are delivering part cinema of the experience to the door. Their launch of its new candy bar and bottle shop service, Bottle Rocket will have hot peanuts, housemade popcorn, wasabi peas, and more delivered straight to your door. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Golden Age Cinema & Bar Facebook


11. Watch Opera Australia's greatest productions for free

One of Australia's most prestigious live theatre companies has joined the mass pivot to online streaming with the launch of OA/TV: Opera Australia on Demand. This free, on-demand streaming service will release exclusive content each week, including Opera Australia's extensive back catalogue of live performance recordings. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Opera Australia Facebook


12. Warm up Messina's OG Choc-Chip Cookie Pie at home

When Messina stores around Sydney debuted the cookie pie in April, they sold out in a flash - there was a lot of chaos, however, learning from experience, Messina is doing a pre-order to keep up. The pie serves two to six people or just one person who is forgoing dinner. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Gelato Messina Facebook


13. Test Drive 92-year-old CWA Veteran's Scone Recipe

Almost overnight, 92-year-old Country Women's Association veteran, Muriel Halsted, has become an internet sensation, after a cookery tutorial on her 'easy-peasy', four-ingredient scone recipe which was viewed almost 5 million times (to date). Filmed for the ABC in the kitchen of her family home, her scones usually are available at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and typically sell up to 50,000 of these baked treats at the popular event. Now you can make these delicious treats at home. Click here for the website.

14. Upskill your cooking & cocktail making
These video tutorials will cover topics from crafting the classic cocktail and setting up your home bar to the fundamentals of American barbecue and professional cooking hacks. Videos also include celebrity chef Luke Mangan presenting a family-style menu, a paddock-to-plate feast from Matt Moran, and much more celebrity videos. The not-for-profit videos range between $10-$30. Funds will go to supporting hospitality workers in need. Click here for the website.

15. Online animal encounter

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo are providing animal enrichment via livestreaming animals and their interesting stories. Watch penguins waddling through empty walkways that would normally be bustling with people to tortoises trudging along. Click here for the Wild Life Sydney Zoo website and click here for the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium[/LINK] website.

Image Courtesy from SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Facebook


16. Online photo festival

Held until 17 May 2020, the festival will showcase an array of digital artist talks, panel discussions and webinars, exhibitions, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Head On Photo Festival Facebook


17. Gourmet Sushi Kit Delivered to your door

Practice your chopstick technique with Zushi's gourmet sushi kit. The kit is a great way to start a new cooking hobby or/and experience a different type of home cooking. The kits come with everything you need for a fine sushi feast, including cheat sheets, rolling mats, nori sheets, perfectly cooked sushi rice, fillings, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Zushi Surry Hills Facebook


18. Drive-through New York-style bagels

With international travel being banned (at time of writing), none of us will be travelling to New York anytime soon, however, the Brooklyn Boy Bagels' have a new carpark set-up-designed to grab that doughy morsel and continue on your way with minimal contact with people. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Brooklyn Boy Bagels Facebook


19. Free E-books

The City of Sydney Libraries is virtually providing a whole stake of new reading material for free. You can access thousands of e-books from their digital library. Click here for the website.

20. Sydney Opera House Chef sourdough starter kits delivered

Executive head chef, Kasper Christensen (former private chef to the Danish Royal Family), is selling sourdough kits for charity. The kits will include fresh or dry starter, recipe and video tutorial about how to keep your new "bread pet" alive and how to bake it. Click here for the website.

21. Sexy online dance class

Sky Sirens Academy of burlesque, pole dance & aerial artistry is virtually teaching sexy dance classes to get you grooving, grinding, and feeling the fantasy at home. Classes are available for total beginners as well as dancers who are more practised in burlesque and sexy movement arts. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sky Sirens Facebook


22. Free online classes from TAFE NSW

TAFE NSW announced free online courses would be available so people could upskill and glow-up their CV during self-isolation and social distancing (at time of writing). There will be a range of vocational topics including administrative skills, medical industries, and advanced management techniques. There was an overwhelming response, TAFE NSW is now releasing more free courses, which anyone across New South Wales will be able to access. Click here for my article and click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from TAFE NSW Facebook


23. Online jigsaw puzzles

Inspired by the State Library of New South Wales' collections, these virtual jigsaw puzzles will have you entertained. There are a number of pieces to choose from to increase the level of difficulty and the challenge. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The State Library of New South Wales Facebook


24. Brew your own Coopers Beer at home

The largest Australian-owned brewery is the world's best-selling brand of DIY beer extracts and exports to more than 25 countries, and missing that freshly poured taste will be a distant memory with the DIY Kits delivered straight to your door. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Coopers DIY Beer Facebook


25. Casula Powerhouse's virtual talent contest

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is hosting an online talent contest with a chance to win $500. The virtual competition is open to artwork of any medium, from comedy to cake-decorating, and submissions are welcome regardless of whether they are recorded from your bed or using the state-of-the-art equipment. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Facebook


26. Party at home with Brown Cardigan and Dunni

Tune in to weekly digital parties with Brown Cardigan who will be teaming up with Insta-famous Aussie jokester Lewie "Dunni" Dunn and cinnamon whiskey loose units Fireball Whiskey for a free, weekly livestreamed party filled with laughs, giveaways, and unlikely guests. Click here for the website.

27. Get crafty with this craft beer subscription box

Get your juices flowing with craft beer at home. You will receive new brews and projects created with local artists every fortnight. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from 107 Facebook


28. Digital classes & art packs

Sip and paint your way through isolation and social distancing (at time of writing) by unleashing a creative project while pouring a glass of wine. The Bondi Paint Club is offering 'sip and paint' at-home classes. You will have an instructor on hand to guide your creative spark (you just have to top your glass). Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Bondi Paint Club Facebook


29. Go on a virtual blind date
With social distancing and isolation rules in place (at time of writing), finding love can be quite difficult for those who are single. Soiree at Home is the new, virtual blind date event for those who are single and ready to 'e-mingle'. Find a friend and email Sydney Soiree (getinvolved@sydneysoiree.com) with your names, ages, nationalities, professions and social media profiles. Expert matchmakers will work their magic and match you and your friend with another pair of friends. You will be given some ice-breaker questions to answer and then get sent an invitation with a date and time for your Zoom date. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Soirée Events Facebook


30. Explore online exhibitions and activities

The Australian Museum has launched a new, virtual experience. You will find science projects, 3D models, online exhibitions, and livestreams. Click here for the website.

31. Oxford Street entertainment

See some of the Stonewall Hotel's biggest queens and best entertainers take to the stage every weekend, via livestream. Sydney drag matriarch Minnie Cooper will bring a weekly variety show with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and fabulous guests live from their lounge rooms and in person. Click here for the website.

32. Learn French online

Parlez-vous Francais? (Would you like to?) The 120-year-old institution, Alliance Francaise will be teaching French online to beginners. The courses are available for children, teenagers and adults, as well as private tuition and group classes. The classes will be taught through a combination of video conferencing and e-learning materials, as well as an app and email subscription to practice. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Alliance Française Sydney Facebook


33. Learn German online

Guten Tag! If your German knowledge ends there, then you will be glad to know that world-leading cultural institute the Goethe-Institut will be teaching German online. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Goethe-Institut Australien Facebook


34. Learn how to dance

Sydney Dance Company's virtual dance studio will teach you new moves with their online classes. The classes are designed for everybody, from beginner to experienced dancers, and include ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, pilates, and body conditioning. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney Dance Company Facebook


35. Free online performances & talks

Sydney Opera House has gone digital and is throwing their doors wide open (online) with their launch of inspiring digital arts performances and talks. From Our House to Yours will include livestreamed performances, podcasts, behind-the-scenes footage and long-form reads. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney Opera House Facebook


36. Virtual at classes

Get creative with these hands-on virtual craft classes online with ClassBento. There will be livestreamed workshops, complete with a box of crafty goodies delivered to your door. Workshops and classes include watercolour painting, pottery, DIY beeswax wraps, calligraphy, handmade cards, make a leather purse, DIY stained glass painting, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from ClassBento Facebook


37. Watch Award-winning Bangarra Show

Bangarra has gone online and just last year award-winning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bangarra Dance Theatre celebrated 30 years thrilling Australian audiences with 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand. With stages shut at the moment nationwide (time of writing), the company is now showcasing performances, including joining forces with Sydney Opera House to present the masterpiece Bennelong as part of the harbour icon's From Our House To Yours digital program.
Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Bangarra Dance Theatre Facebook


38. Digital Happy House

Local bartenders have launched a Friday night post-work digital happy hour for everyone to enjoy. This includes serves of funky cocktail recipes livestreamed from Henry Hammersla of Unico Zelo, and virtual cocktail-making classes from Grant Collins, founder of Gin Lane. Click here for the Unico Zelo website and click here for the Gin Lane website.

Image Courtesy from GL Facebook


39. Explore Biennale of Sydney digitally

There will be a series of digital activations and experiences that draw on the seven themes that inspire the Biennale of Sydney Exhibition. The themes will include Bila (River: Environment), Gurray (Transformation), Muriguwal Giiland (Different Stories), Ngawaal-Guyungan (Powerful-Ideas: The Power of Objects), Dhaagun (Earth: Sovereignty and Working Together), Yirawy-Dhuray (Yam-Connection: Food), and Bagaray-Bang (Healing). Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Biennale of Sydney Facebook


40. Host your own virtual murder mystery party

Red Herring Games have a range of Murder Mystery Games ideal for any virtual friend of family get together. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Red Herring Games Facebook


41. Learn how to draw

As part of the Art Gallery of New South Wales' new #togetherinart series, the long-running Sydney institution is launching a fresh, new series of at-home creative livestreams to bring out your inner artist. Renowned Australian painter Ben Quilty, who is in isolation in his home studio, will be teaching you how to draw basic faces. Click here for the website.

42. Watch live concerts from around the world at home

Sofa King Fest is a newly launched site that provides international gig guide for all the livestreaming performances.
Artists include Willie Nelson, Cypress Hill, Melissa Etheridge, Big Freedia, Trombone Shorty, ATRACK, Tank and the Bangas, and Triple Threat DJs. Click here for the website.
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