Cultural, creative and digital industries - such as architecture, advertising, design, gaming, broadcasting, music, performing and visual arts, writing and publishing, interactive content and software development - make a huge contribution to our city’s prosperity and liveability.

The sector contributed nine per cent to the City's economy in 2012, making it the fastest growing sector at 3.4 per cent annually, and it’s expected to account for $14.9 billion in 2030.

Creative Sydney

There is a higher concentration of creative businesses in the City than across NSW - and the City’s groundbreaking Creative City Policy, Live Music and Performance Action Plan and OPEN Sydney Strategy were developed to create an environment where ideas, imagination and creativity can flourish.

We have fostered Sydney’s creative life through support for major events and festivals, grants programs, public art, small bars and providing start-up opportunities.

Opening up our properties

One practical step has been to give our buildings renewed life as performance spaces — converting a former Tabernacle into the state of the art Eternity Playhouse and providing a home for the award-winning Hayes Theatre. A new management approach for the City Recital Hall promotes broader programming and young people now use City community spaces to play and practice music.

City properties on Oxford Street, William Street, Redfern Street and in Woolloomooloo are providing affordable short-term and co-working spaces for innovative cultural and creative enterprises and emerging artists.

Working with the private sector, the City has secured a new 2000 square metre, $25 million creative hub for dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts facilities as part of the new Greenland development on Pitt and Bathurst streets, currently under construction.

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