Cultural capitals: Sydney

Turning to Sydney in our latest instalment of our Cultural Capitals series, we ask leading arts professionals to encapsulate what makes the city’s arts and culture distinct.
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​Sydney’s cultural institutions are recognised globally and the city is home to some of Australia’s major cultural events, including the Biennale of Sydney, Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney Festival, and a more recent addition, Vivid Sydney. With the City of Sydney alone investing $36.5 million in the capital’s cultural life each year, Sydney has an undeniably rich and vibrant arts sector.

‘Art has the ability to enrich the cultural fabric of a city, inspiring creativity in its residents and visitors, and creating a destination that people from across the globe want to be a part of,’ said NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres.

‘This can be a challenging ideal to live up to but I believe Sydney is getting it right with the spectrum of our arts and culture offerings continuing to resonate with Sydneysiders and visitors alike.’

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Madeleine Dore
About the Author
Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator