|Sydney gets creative with first-ever cultural policy (Photo/ People's Daily Online)|
SYDNEY, May 21 (People’s Daily Online) -- The City of Sydney is calling on businesses, retailers and property developers to make more than 1.6 million square metres of empty commercial and residential space across the city available to artists for creative activities.
Sydney is also considering a trial of early-evening children’s activity programs in community facilities so parents can take part in cultural activities, offering extended parking for audiences near cultural venues, making low-cost theatre tickets available to high school students, and creating opportunities for artists to decorate neighborhood walls, construction hoardings and other public infrastructure.
These are just some of the 120 ideas included in the City’s first-ever cultural policy, which presents a 10-year action plan for unlocking Sydney’s creative potential and boosting the cultural life of its residents, workers and visitors.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the policy was the result of a major consultation program last year that saw thousands of Sydneysiders contribute ideas on what kind of cultural life they wanted for Sydney.
“From emerging artists and local residents to major cultural institutions and business leaders, Sydneysiders have told us that culture and creativity are essential to our city’s identity,” the Lord Mayor said.