Is Sydney a creative city? Could we do better?

It's the last week of our creative city consultation - we've been asking Sydneysiders for ideas to improve the city's creative and cultural life, and we've heard some terrific ideas.

More than 18,000 people have visited the consultation website, with several thousand downloading the agenda-setting discussion paper.

Thousands of people have shared ideas online, including 372 brilliant ideas and comments shared on the forum - and there were more exciting ideas suggested at our final workshop at Customs House this morning.

Some of the ideas and suggestions so far:

  • increasing affordable spaces for artists and performers to create and present their work
  • establishing a 'concierge' service at the council that would help people wanting to undertake creative activities
  • finding innovative ways to help people get to venues not always well served by public transport, such as a 'theatre bus'
  • holding night time food markets inspired by cities like Singapore and Bangkok
  • installing permanent, well-lit table tennis, chess and checkers facilities in parks across the city centre creating 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.

Today's workshop was one of four that brought together people involved in the creative and cultural life of Sydney. Other cultural organisations, including Belvoir Theatre, Queen Street Studios and Sydney Fringe, have organised meetings to give people an opportunity to take part.

There has also been strong interest in many ideas in the Creative City Discussion Paper, such as the suggestion the City could use its childcare centre to provide childcare for parents attending cultural events; the Adelaide Theatre Passport Scheme, which encouraged high school students to attend theatre and the suggestion that new residential developments should include music practice rooms.

If you have an idea to improve Sydney's cultural and creative life, or feedback on something that's not working, now's the time to get your idea in.

Make sure you have your say before submissions close on Friday 31 May.

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