Culture and creativity

Culture and creativity

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Culture grows from and alongside society. Art and culture can include performing and visual arts, literature, film, new media, architecture, as well as festival and community events. Anything created for or by a particular community is important to us. We support the cultural life of the local area in several ways.

The City's cultural policy

In a first for the local area, the City is developing a cultural policy that will guide the arts in central Sydney.

To workshop the policy, the City will meet with artists, businesses, residents and visitors. We will also review galleries, theatres and other performance spaces within a 20 kilometre radius of central Sydney.

Drawing inspiration from 6 major global cities noted for their contribution to culture, we will consider what could be brought back and adapted to work best in our city as part of our policy.

A discussion paper for the cultural policy has been published and the community is now being consulted for its input. Feedback from these discussions will help to shape the final policy.

The City currently spends $23 million on culture. The policy will build on this momentum and help to provide a direction for cultural life in the local area.

Public art

Another part of our commitment to a city with a beating cultural heart is to give as many people as possible greater access to art.

Being one of the most visible and accessible types of expression there is, public art is encouraged by the City.

Made up of art experts, a public art advisory panel we installed in 2007 helps us make decisions relating to art in public places.

We’re commissioning local artists to create permanent and temporary projects and encouraging local businesses to commission even more. We’re also facilitating educational and mentoring opportunities for artists wherever we can.

You can download the City's public art strategy below.

Festivals and events

Not only do festivals and special events add to a city's cultural layer, but they also bring big economic benefits to businesses in the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors. Visitors come from interstate and around the world to be part of events such as New Year's Eve, the Sydney Festival and Chinese New Year.

Each year we invest nearly $3.5 million to help stage major festivals in Sydney.

In 2012, we announced sponsorship agreements with the Sydney Writers' Festival, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Yabun Festival and Australia Day Council. The funding boost is part of the City's vision to attract the world's best events to our hometown all year round.


Sydney 2030: Art and culture


Last updated: Monday, 5 November 2012