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
NewsNurturing creative talent in the heart of the city Meet the talented artists thriving in our creative live/work spaces in Darlinghurst.30 November 2023
NewsCity of Sydney libraries closed Friday 1 December Our after-hours return chutes are available and you can renew and reserve items online.20 November 2023
NewsIn pictures: Sydney’s public restrooms in the early 1900s To celebrate World Toilet Day, we step back a century to explore the early days of public sanitation in our area.17 November 2023
News5 iconic music videos from our local area To celebrate the Australian Music Month, we’re looking at some classic Sydney rock and roll music video moments from the 1980s and 90s.17 November 2023
NewsWe keep the ball in motionYoung Redfern All Blacks players, Jonathan Silva and Shyla Miller-Mundine, on championing togetherness in Australia's oldest Aboriginal rugby league club.25 October 2023
NewsThe Sydney Opera House turns 50 Jan Utzon’s iconic creation turns 50 this month, so we’ve dived into the City of Sydney archives to look at the history of Sydney’s most recognised building.20 October 2023
NewsAustralian Life: people’s choice winner A clear winner has taken out the people’s choice award for 20236 October 2023
NewsTop 9: Your questions about the Voice to Parliament answeredAnswers from experts about the upcoming referendum29 September 2023
NewsAustralian Life and Little Sydney Lives 2023 winners A captivating 48 images are now on show at Customs House Square.15 September 2023
NewsTitus Grenyer ignites the future of the Sydney Town Hall organMeet the 25-year-old organist keeping historic traditions alive with a modern outlook14 September 2023