Booked out talk canvasses creative ideas for Sydney

Depth of talent and a 'get up and start something' attitude is the hallmark of creative projects across Sydney - last night's inspiring City Talk canvassed ideas to support, encourage and inspire more creativity.

The booked out talk was the beginning of our conversation about a new cultural policy for the city.

How do we make sure creative people can afford to live and work here in Sydney? What inspires and persuades people to get involved, go out to shows or invest in local work?

We heard from Carol Coletta, CEO of ArtPlace America and one of the world's 50 most important urban experts. She talked about her experiences using arts and culture to encourage vibrant local communities.

Carol Coletta was joined by a terrific panel featuring Marcus Westbury (Renew Australia), Nicole Durling (MONA, Hobart), Katherine Hough (Arts Tasmania), Louise a O'Donnell (Seed Production) and Charles Firth (Manic Studios, ABC TV's The Roast).

The wonderful actor Richard Roxburgh was on hand to recount his experiences setting up an independent theatre company in Sydney.

Our city council already supports Sydney's creative culture to the tune of $34 million each year, but it's about more than just handing out grants. This consultation process is about looking at our cultural assets - the people and programs, as well as the physical infrastructure - and asking, are we putting them to best use?

Does what we're doing fit with what people care about? From live music and art galleries to viral videos and craft workshops, the creative life of our city runs the spectrum, and we want to hear from as many voices as possible to get a good grasp of what matters to people and how we can improve what's on offer.

Over the coming months, we hope that our workshops, surveys, and online consultation will help tell us about the creative culture you want in Sydney.

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