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We aim to inspire, inform, educate and engage the community in an international dialogue to realise Sustainable Sydney 2030-2050 Continuing the Vision.

Our CityTalks are free events that feature high profile international or national keynote speakers and a discussion panel of local and international experts.

Join our next CityTalks: Making space for culture – the future of Sydney’s creative economy

Culture and creativity are the soul of our cities and communities – they create as sense of belonging, revitalise neighbourhoods, build communities, drive innovation and contribute to local and city centre economies.

While Sydney is a powerhouse of culture for the nation, what makes that possible is at risk. Our creative workforce increasingly can’t afford to live or work in Sydney.

At this CityTalks, we will hear from Claudia Karvan OAM, Australian actor and producer on how culture and creativity is the soul of our cities and communities.

Claudia will be joined by cultural leaders from London and Sydney to discuss how solutions such as precinct revitalisation and the establishment of a creative lands trust could work for Sydney.

Join us on Wednesday 12 June at Sydney Town Hall for our next CityTalks: Making space for culture – the future of Sydney’s creative economy.

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World-renowned speakers

Audiences at our CityTalks have heard from:

  • Sadiq Khan, Mayor, City of London
  • Jane Fonda, Academy Award-winning actor, producer, activist and author
  • Julia Gillard AC, former Prime Minister of Australia, Chair of Beyond Blue
  • Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, and former President of Ireland
  • Gloria Steinem, feminist icon, journalist, social and political activist
  • Cate Blanchett AC, Academcy Award-winning actor, producer and artistic director
  • Connie Hedegaard, former European Commissioner for Climate Action
  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web
  • David Suzuki, award winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist
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