Culture & creativity
The City is committed to supporting Sydney’s cultural life. We recognise the intrinsic and instrumental value of creativity as a cultural, economic and social force.
Why we’re doing this
Sydney faces the challenges posed by a changing economy, a rapidly growing population, and shifting environmental and social conditions.
Failure to confront these challenges has the capacity to produce widespread inequality, disrupt our economy, and leave a negative legacy for future generations.
It is important that everyone in Sydney and New South Wales is able to engage with, and contribute to, our cultural life. All of us have the right to access and contribute to the creation of the kind of city we will enjoy visiting, working and living in.
The political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities must be embedded in the city’s economic, social, environmental and cultural change.
Initiative, experimentation and enterprise are the bedrock of creativity. By encouraging them, we not only support economic development but enhance a sense of civic participation and cohesion. This ensures a greater number of people feel a stewardship of place, common heritage and are engaged in the cultural life of the city.
Harnessing our combined energy will produce a strong, cohesive sense of who we are, and what we want Sydney to be. This common culture will help us meet the challenges of the future, and ensure our city remains not only economically viable, but also an inclusive and interesting place to live, work and visit.
Urban design and regulation, increased opportunities for creativity, a balance between residential amenity and a vibrant evening economy, a range of public spaces, support for innovation and experimentation, and the reduction of barriers, such as housing costs, as well as arts funding and infrastructure will ensure diverse and active participation in Sydney’s cultural life.
City of Sydney News
NewsHow to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021 onlineEnjoy art, performance, talks and shopping in the comfort and safety of your home.5 July 2021
NewsGiant Darlinghurst mural a beacon of positivity‘As One Door Closes, Another Opens’ is a new public artwork by Will Cooke.28 June 2021
NewsOn show now: Intersections in Surry HillsArtist Ian Strange brings his striking light installation to Sydney as part of Art & About.24 June 2021
NewsPoets in residence program – call for expressions of interestRed Room Poetry is calling for expressions of interest as part of Poetry Month22 June 2021
NewsClosing the book on late library finesThe City of Sydney will no longer charge overdue fees for late returns.21 June 2021
NewsRefugee Week 2021: Hear the stories of three people who now call Sydney home Meet Roaa, George and Sarab. We're proud to welcome them, and all refugees and people seeking asylum, to our city21 June 2021
NewsBand Together through conversation and music this Refugee WeekListen to stories of settlement in Australia, surviving detention and a live music collaboration with legendary rockers live from Sydney Town Hall on 23 June.15 June 2021
NewsDonated photographs give a unique view of Sydney in the 1930s and 40sA collection of photographs by prolific amateur photographer Percy James Bryant has been added to our archives7 June 2021
News“I want people to feel visible”: 8 artists discuss seeing their work on a construction siteLearn the stories behind the artworks on Sydney’s inner city hoardings.14 May 2021
NewsJunior photographers, show us your worldWe invite budding photographers aged 3 to 12 to enter the Little Sydney Lives photography competition.26 April 2021