10 ways to make a more creative city

10 ways to make a more creative city

A weekly Bangkok-style food market, new experimental performance spaces and world-class artworks on ferries are just some of the brilliant ideas Sydneysiders have suggested to enhance Sydney’s cultural life.

Hundreds of residents, workers and visitors have already had their say on how to boost culture and creativity in Sydney, in response to the Creative City cultural policy discussion paper released in March.

There are now just two weeks left until the consultation period closes on 31 May.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore encouraged Sydneysiders to think about what kind of creative life they want for Sydney, and submit their ideas at http://sydneyyoursay.com.au/creativecity.

“From museums and concert halls to street art and small bars, creativity is an essential part of Sydney’s lifeblood,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We’ve already received dozens of fantastic ideas for improving our city’s cultural life – from night markets to open-mic karaoke in public squares.”

“With just two weeks of consultation left, it’s time to get creative and share your ideas for Sydney’s cultural future.”

The top 10 brilliant ideas Sydneysiders have submitted so far include:

  • Launching weekly pop-up southeast Asian food markets in city centre hot spots, inspired by cities like Bangkok and Singapore;
  • Inviting famous Australian artists to create artworks to appear on Sydney’s ferry fleet, with residents able to vote on their favourite designs;
  • Installing permanent, well-lit table tennis, chess and checkers facilities in parks across the city centre, giving workers an enjoyable alternative to going for a post-work drink;
  • Encouraging more live music on the city streets by nominating areas where up-and-coming musicians can play pop-up gigs for free;
  • Changing planning laws in the inner-city to encourage the development of a vibrant and diverse 24-hour creative economy;
  • Building at least one new lyric theatre in the city centre to attract more musicals, opera and ballet, and bring more national and world premieres to Sydney;
  • Establishing an official ‘speakers’ corner’ in the heart of the city to give Sydneysiders and visitors a public forum to debate the issues of the day;
  • Identifying and supporting new spaces throughout the city centre and villages that give emerging creatives the chance to develop experimental art, music and performance works;
  • Encouraging cultural education institutions to offer budding artists and designers free or affordable access to their facilities and equipment when not teaching; and
  • Holding Sunday afternoon ‘open mic’ karaoke sessions in public squares and parks where budding performers can strut their stuff in front of an audience of thousands (if they dare).

The City will invest more than $34 million this year to support Sydney’s creative life, including a program of world-class free public events, sponsorships for the city’s major festivals, grants for dozens of grassroots community projects, a network of 10 libraries and an internationally renowned public art program.

Sydney’s first-ever cultural policy will outline a clear direction for these cultural priorities and objectives in the coming years, as well as strategies for achieving them.

It will provide a framework to ensure the City’s assets are being put to best use and enough of the right activities are being offered, and commit to ways the City can help local cultural and creative communities flourish.

To view the Creative City cultural policy discussion paper and submit your ideas:

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email kirvin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson.
Phone 0427 044 768 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au