In this, her 10th year in office, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore is introducing her Cultural Policy and Action Plan for Sydney. Designed to foster and build on the creative spirit of the city over the next 10 years, the current draft was written after consultation with more than 2000 artists, performers and cultural administrators. Clocking in at more than 100 pages, it’s nothing if not comprehensive.
The report is broken down into six “strategic priorities”, which makes it sound much more daunting than it actually is. These are intended to help Sydney step up culturally and take on the likes of Barcelona, Paris or London. But you know, with more harbour views.
To help you wrap your heads around it, here’s a rundown of some of the changes Moore’s got in store to see us through to 2024.
Creativity in the public domain
Livening up dreary public spaces with art, more outdoor and free events and grants for each city precinct to ensure that all the fun doesn’t just get packed into Darlinghurst and Surry Hills.
New avenues for creative participation
An increase in open community workshop spaces, musical instrument loan libraries and soundproof practise rooms, as well as a renewed emphasis on collaborative consumption models for creative small business.
The city is to act as an angel investor for small start-ups, allowing for creative risk-taking to ensure exciting new ideas make it onto the map. In addition to this, small grant applications will be streamlined and empty spaces zoned for artist use.
Interest-free loans for anyone buying artwork produced by a City of Sydney artist, affordable theatre tickets for high-school students, apps that help navigate the city’s cultural offerings and the big one: improving late-night transport from gigs and clubs for young people.
Beefing up the role of the city’s nine libraries with talks and events, new technology and local partnerships, including public schools.
Connecting Sydney to the world via international fellowships, forums at City Recital Hall and increased accessibility for tourists with disabilities.
Read the full policy document online at cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au