City coming alive for Art & About

From 21 September to 21 October, the city's streets, parks, squares and laneways are inspired by Sydney's much loved Art & About Festival with works from international and Australian artists, curators, major cultural institutions and the people of Sydney.

Tonight I will officially Art & About with a free concert in Martin Place from 6 to 10pm. There'll be pop-up bars, food trucks and performances throughout the night co-presented by Sydney's own Modular Records.

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This is our 11th year of taking art, music and performance out of the white cube and into the streets and public spaces of Sydney. It's a great reminder that art is indeed for everyone.

This year we will explore the theme 'in colour', looking at how we process colour and how it affects and inspires us, both as individuals and as a city.

The four weeks of Art & About show-case the vital Sydney arts scene - but of course it's happening all year round, and we are now developing a comprehensive cultural policy that will guide us in supporting creativity as part of Sydney 2030.

Outside Hyde Park Barracks I Wish You Hadn't Asked invites visitors to step inside an ordinary house - but once inside, one must weather heavy rain. Making its Australian premiere at Art & About Sydney, the award-winning installation is by Sydney artist James Dive and The Glue Society.

The Hotel Australia at the corner of Castlereagh Street and Martin Place played host to the crème of society until its demolition in 1971. Some 40 years later, our very own Montmartre will be brought back to life by the large-scale video installation Last Drinks - One more round at the Hotel Australia.

Get set for a month of music in unusual spaces as Modular and the City of Sydney co-present a series of secret lunch-time gigs. Featuring Australia's most buzz-worthy bands, these live sessions will enliven the city's most popular spots, with each week's gig details to be revealed during the festival.

Inspired by Bauhaus' Johannes Itten's colour theory and basic shape, The Banner Gallery will see art patron and Itten's former student John Kaldor collaborate with graphic designer Analiese Cairis to design the banners which will line the City for the duration of the festival.

The opportunity to discover the untold stories of the City's biggest backyard - Hyde Park - will be on offer at Emergence. 3D images will be projected onto trees to reveal the people, past and present, who make up this beautiful green space. Co-presented by the Australian Museum.

Artist Jasper Knight and architect Isabelle Toland will transform the banality of the everyday into engaging pieces of conceptual art. These cheeky installations will pop-up in various locations across the city and will taunt, tempt and tease.

Australia's premier outdoor photographic exhibition, Sydney Life, aims to celebrate unique perspectives of Sydney. The works of the 21 finalists and the $10,000 prize winner will proudly hang along the central walkway of Hyde Park North.

Celebrating a knee-high view of Sydney, Little Sydney Lives returns for a second year, encouraging junior snappers aged three to 11 years to share their lens on how Sydney looks and feels to them.

This year's Village Art Project - The Great Crate - will see a fully recyclable, 10-metre high x 10-metre wide giant cube housed outside Green Square train station. The interactive sustainable art project will invite the local community to create a completely edible, luscious green environment.

Four of the City's laneways and public spaces along George Street will be transformed for City Spaces, the sixth annual laneway art program. Curators, artists, architects and urban designers from across the globe will pave a laneway in gold, cast street urchins in bronze and more.

And George Street will host a massive, free closing night street party on Saturday 20 October. Co-presented by the City of Sydney and Crave, Moveable Feast will feature music, film and the culinary delights of the City's new food trucks, in what is sure to be an unforgettable party for the people of Sydney.

There is a huge amount to see and do and I encourage you to explore and enjoy.

I would like to thank all the participating artists, galleries and organisations, and the City's Creative Director, Gill Minervini, who have worked so hard to bring this fabulous program to life.

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