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
NewsSeeking creatives: Apply now to be part of Art & About Sydney in 2021 and beyond.This is an open call for proposals from Sydney-based artists.21 January 2021
NewsOur facilities closed on Australia DayCity of Sydney libraries, community and customer service centres will be closed Monday 25 January and Tuesday 26 January.14 January 2021
News4 new temporary artworks invite you to rethink the city centreHave your fortune told by an interactive pink furry ghost or visit a biodiverse urban micro-forest.11 January 2021
NewsBring your workplace up close with refugee experiencesHear some of the most important and inspirational stories of our time.23 December 2020
NewsMarking a milestone in reconciliation journeyAction plan highlights long-term strategies to engage and support Indigenous communities.10 December 2020
NewsBe part of the Sydney Lunar Festival community performance programWe're seeking applications from groups to participate in the celebrations.1 December 2020
NewsBe part of Sydney Lunar Festival 2021Associated event program applications are open23 November 2020
News10 great reads for armchair travel From well-known authors like Bill Bryson to talented newcomers, explore the world with these titles suggested by our City of Sydney librarians.18 November 2020
NewsArtists: Apply now for a subsidised live/work studio space7 apartments available as part of our Creative Spaces program16 November 2020
NewsLearn more about the Covid-19 recovery grantsA free webinar will share everything you need to know.4 November 2020