Major festivals

Sydney is a vibrant international city with a globally recognised creative and cultural life. This is reflected in our large festivals which fill the streets, theatres, galleries, parks and cultural spaces of Sydney. People visit Sydney’s festivals seeking creative challenges, inspiration, pleasure and the opportunity to celebrate as a community.
The City’s sponsorship of these organisations contributes to their day to day operational costs, and the City seeks specific outcomes from each of them. These sponsorships are ongoing, and reviewed every 3 years.

Organisations receiving funding through the major festivals program are not required to apply for funding through a grants program - funding arrangements will be directly negotiated between the organisations and the City.

An objective of the program is to recognise Sydney’s 8 major festivals and their significant contribution to the social, cultural and economic life of Sydney. Another major aim is to maximise the benefits that both the City and the Festivals receive from maintaining an on-going relationship.

The festivals eligible under the major festivals program are:

Sydney Festival Sydney Writers’ Festival Biennale of Sydney Sydney Film Festival Sydney Mardi Gras Australia Day Yabun Festival Sydney Fringe Festival

Image credit: 'Neuron' (2010) Roxy Paine. Installed at the MCA for the 17th Biennale of Sydney.

Last updated: Tuesday, 20 August 2013