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

Meet the artist behind Chinese New Year’s glamorous pooches

Meet the artist behind Chinese New Year’s glamorous pooches

Sydney Chinese New Year is the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of mainland China. It’s been going for over a decade now and has acquired a Sydney identity. To …

10 things you didn’t know you could do for free with a library card

10 things you didn’t know you could do for free with a library card

A City of Sydney library membership is free if you live in NSW. Here are 10 things you can do for free with a library card: 1. Watch movies and documentaries There …

A room of one’s own: 6 artists in our William Street studios

A room of one’s own: 6 artists in our William Street studios

Our latest creative live/work residents have well and truly settled into their William Street apartments – and they’ve been busy! We chatted to the 6 wonderfully productive artists about their …

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