Seeking ideas to improve Sydney's creative city

If you live, work or visit Sydney, we want your ideas for improving the city's cultural life. To start the process, we prepared a discussion paper. Now we want your ideas.

Imagine borrowing (and playing) musical instruments at the library; evening childcare so parents could have a night out; or unsold theatre tickets going to high school students. These are just some of the ideas that have emerged so far.

The 2011 Census showed more than 32,000 people working in creative fields in inner city Sydney, an increase of 22.2 per cent since 2006. Creative industries are the fastest-growing sector in our city, contributing an estimated $8.2 billion to the City's economy in 2012 and expected to account for $14.9 billion by 2030.

Can we inspire an even richer creative culture? How do we make sure creative people can afford to live and work here? What persuades people to get involved, go out to shows or invest in local work?

Next week, we're starting the process with a City Talk featuring Carol Coletta (ArtPlace America) talking about her experience transforming communities across the United States through arts, culture and creativity.

She will be joined by Marcus Westbury from not-for-profit creative spaces organisation Renew Australia, Nicole Durling from the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart and Charles Firth from ABC TV comedy series The Roast.

The City already invests more than $34 million each year, including free public events, libraries, public art, grant programs and sponsoring the city's major arts festivals.

We're developing a cultural policy to make sure our assets are put to best use, that we offer enough of the right activities, and that we're helping local cultural and creative communities to flourish.

The consultation period for the Creative City Cultural Policy Discussion Paper ends on 31 May.

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