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From where we're standing, Sydney is experiencing a radical cultural boom at the moment. There’s an energy about the city; exciting things are afoot.

There’s something about looking down at Sydney from a plane. If you’re flying in on an international flight, it’ll be around daybreak. The plane will swoop in over the harbour, bank around just enough for the sun to beam through the window as you gaze down at the azure water below, the bridge and the sails of the Opera House. This city glitters from the air, but for us on the ground, we’re looking beyond the dazzling beauty of this place. There’s more to Sydney than water views (though we’ll take those too) and its golden, sometimes hard-edged façade.

From where we're standing, Sydney is experiencing a radical cultural boom at the moment. There’s an energy about the city; exciting things are afoot.

It seems that since the liberalising of alcohol licensing laws in 2008 the city has flourished, far beyond the opening of a few small bars. What we’ve seen is an astonishing proliferation of independent operators opening spaces with passion and character – a movement that has seen Sydney evolve into a city rich with a culture of independent bars, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. But for us, it’s more than just new venues and spaces – we want to know who’s opening them and which of them are worth our time and money.

We’ve launched Broadsheet Sydney to explore the specifics of what’s happening in this city and how that relates to those of us that live here. Broadsheet mostly exists as an online magazine and directory, but we also publish a quarterly printed newspaper - which you'll find in many of the city's great cafes, shops and bars.

We’ll endeavour to keep you up to date with what’s going on around town and to cover, analyse and comment on it with intelligent and insightful writing, sharp photography and clear, clean, crisp design.

There’s no exact science here; at the end of the day we’re just writing about what we like and respect. But we think that’s important. You can rest assured that what you read on Broadsheet is what we honestly believe, and not there because someone has paid us to mention it.

We’ve worked hard to put together a team of people whose opinions and judgement are valuable. As well as some of the city’s most talented young writers and photographers, we’ve been working with some people we really admire and feel are integral in making this city what it is.

We’re really excited about what's ahead for Sydney. We’re revelling in it. We’re drinking in the bars, eating in the restaurants, and looking for the things that are important within our culture, the things that make Sydney what it is. Stick with us and come along for the ride through this sparkling city.

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We look forward to seeing you around town.

Nick Shelton

Director & Publisher

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