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
NewsShare your artwork to help celebrate our transgender communityTransHub’s new virtual museum of transology will house artefacts including community artworks.12 October 2021
NewsTake a step back in time down George StreetAs we create 9,000 square metres of new car-free space, discover how the storied boulevard has evolved.26 September 2021
NewsA new centre of culture in SydneyDancers, musicians, film and theatre makers, digital creatives and visual artists will soon have access to a state-of-the-art production and rehearsal space.23 September 2021
News'Youth' by Georgia Brogan wins the Australian Life photography prizeAn image of a pensive young girl in the back of a dimly lit car has taken top honours in the annual Australian Life photography competition.16 September 2021
NewsLittle Sydney Lives 2021 photography competition winners announcedAn impromptu image of a baby cradled by his mother and a water fountain captured at dusk have been selected as winners of the Little Sydney Lives competition.16 September 2021
NewsWatch live: Australian Life photography prize winners announced Lord Mayor Clover Moore and judges Trent Parke and Michaela Skovranova reveal the grand prize winner and people’s choice award for 2021.7 September 2021
NewsDiscover Green Square’s history on foot with a new self-guided walkTransform, available on the Sydney Culture Walks app, documents the neighbourhood’s fascinating history and stunning architecture.7 September 2021
News5 minutes with History Week curator Margaret BetteridgeWe unveil the captivating details you’ll discover when you look up in Sydney.3 September 2021
NewsApplications open: REMIX Business of Culture incubator programFree support to develop new ideas, audiences and revenue streams for our creative and cultural sector.24 August 2021
NewsAcknowledging the importance of Country in a new harbour walkYananurala is the new name for a walk that will share Aboriginal perspectives of place through artworks and installations along the Sydney harbour foreshore.19 August 2021