Creative City Sydney

A vibrant and creative city

We invest $36.5 million in Sydney's cultural life each year. This includes producing free major public events like Sydney New Years’ Eve and Art & About Sydney, sponsoring major festivals like Sydney Festival and the Biennale of Sydney, commissioning new public art works and providing practical support and funding for our creative communities.

Young people aged 15 to 19 can see the best theatre, music and dance performances in Sydney for as little as $5 through membership platform Playwave. We provided $85,000 seed funding for the site, which was created by Shopfront Arts Co-op to help young people access affordable tickets to live performances.  

Our commitment to the cultural and creative life of the city is not only in galleries, stages, and museums, but in the informal and often unplanned ways our daily lives are enriched by the work of artists.

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From the Creative City Sydney blog

Are audiobooks reading or cheating?

Are audiobooks reading or cheating?

We asked a brain scientist, a literary critic and a City of Sydney librarian to weigh in on the great debate about audiobooks. Is listening to a book the same …

The weather is the artist in new Green Square artwork

The weather is the artist in new Green Square artwork

A giant, moving water colour artwork will soon overlook Green Square Plaza. Its 9-metre LED screen, which displays vibrant blues, reds and greens, was created by a Redfern-based artists Indigo …

Can I shhh them? 5 library etiquette tips

Can I shhh them? 5 library etiquette tips

20 years ago, before Google and personal laptops, writing an essay meant sitting in a quiet corner at your local library surrounded by books. Paul Garbin, a City of Sydney …

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