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
NewsTheatre in a pandemic: Inside the reopened Giant DwarfNew headquarters, programming and hygiene measures at 280 Cleveland Street’s home of experimental theatre.15 September 2020
NewsGold rush: Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games 20th anniversariesWhen our city hosted nearly 11,000 athletes from 199 countries.15 September 2020
NewsKnowledge exchange sponsorship 2020 now open Supporting Sydney’s economic, social, environmental and cultural sector recovery, the program encourages sharing expertise, resources and skills.24 August 2020
NewsShare your feedback about attending events in Sydney We want to know how you’re feeling about attending events at the moment20 August 2020
NewsHow a local vintage retailer became a night time live music venueThe success of after-dark events prompted Woolloomooloo retailer Grand Days to make the store a true day-to-night space19 August 2020
NewsNewtown’s King Street receives a poster art makeoverArtists are working with retailers, bars and cafe and restaurant owners to reenergise Newtown as it reawakens from the Covid-19 lockdown19 June 2020
NewsGrants offer lifeline to businesses, artists and community groupsMore than 400 Covid-19 relief grants were awarded16 June 2020
News6 online jigsaw puzzles using City of Sydney archive photosTake a moment to relax and explore the city from a different perspective.6 May 2020
NewsHidden treasures in free archives websiteThe City’s online records portal includes over 1 million items, with almost half available to download.8 April 2020
News$1.5m in Covid-19 relief for community servicesIndividuals and not-for-profits can apply for special funding from the City of Sydney7 April 2020