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
News“I want people to feel visible”: 8 artists discuss seeing their work on a construction site Learn the stories behind the artworks on Sydney’s inner city hoardings.14 May 2021
NewsProfessional and amateur photographers: show us your take on Australian LifeEntries for the nation-wide photography competition with a $10,000 grand prize are now open.26 April 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
NewsCalling artists, designers and creatives: create the hero artwork for Sydney Lunar Festival 2022We're seeking to appoint an artist, designer, creative or creative agency to produce the hero artwork for the 2022 Sydney Lunar Festival.30 March 2021
NewsIn pictures: Easter in Sydney over the yearsPhotos from the City of Sydney archives show how our city celebrated in time gone by.29 March 2021
NewsSee your artwork wrapped around a building above a busy city centre intersectionWe’re looking for a strong image inspired by a greener city, to wrap around the scaffolding on an iconic building.29 March 2021
NewsWelcome to our libraries Hear from our library team about services available in our branches and online.25 March 2021
NewsBring your idea to life with our grants and sponsorshipsWe support projects that build the social, cultural, environmental and economic life of our city.10 March 2021
NewsLove Sydney: a celebration of our city at the 2021 Sydney Mardi Gras ParadeOur 2021 float was a call to action to come back to the city we love. See it in all its sparkling glory.9 March 2021
NewsSydney personalities show off their favourite spots in the city centreDiscover hidden gems and forgotten favourites alongside local business owners including the owners of Hello Auntie and Frankie's Pizza.5 March 2021