What does the city already do to support culture and creativity?
In this financial year, the City will invest more than $34 milllion in Sydney's cultural life, including grant programs, free public events and sponsorship of major festivals. Support includes but is not limited to:
What difference will a policy make to the way the City already does things?
A cultural policy will set out future directions, priorities and commitments for supporting cultural activity and creative enterprise in Sydney. The policy will provide a framework for decision making, delivery and monitoring of these priorities and commitments.
It will also take into account the huge impact technology is having on the way Sydneysiders create and consume art and culture.
Will the cultural policy make any difference to the way Sydneysiders enjoy culture?
While government support and advocacy may not always be visible, it plays a central role in shaping the cultural offerings of our city.
For example, the City is a major funding partner of eight big festivals: Sydney Festival, Sydney Film Festival, the Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Writer's Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney Fringe, Yabun and Australia Day.
Each year, these events attract hundreds of thousands of local, interstate and overseas visitors who also stay in hotels, dine out and visit other attractions during their visit. The NSW events calendar is estimated to generate more than $600 million in annual revenue for NSW, providing a major boost to the local economy.
Similarly the reforms that enabled a culture of small bars to flourish throughout Sydney are also changing the face of our laneways and streets.
How will the City assist cultural and creative industries?
Creating a framework of support for cultural and creative industries will be a key component of the cultural policy, and will complement the City's Creative Industries Strategy, which is also being developed. The City already provides significant support to these industries by providing:
What sort of ideas is the City looking for?
Anything and everything. While each city has its own unique cultural characteristics, history and heritage, the Creative City Cultural Policy Discussion Paper includes some exciting examples from Australia and overseas which demonstrate the different ways government can support local cultural and creative initiatives. These include:
The Creative City Cultural Policy Discussion Paper presents eight directions in which the City proposes to focus its resources, while acknowledging that other priorities may emerge from community consultation: