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Across the coming months, locals and tourists can experience a range of vibrant and diverse events and festivals, thanks to the NSW Government’s Activate Sydney@Night program.

Grants of up to $100,000 are helping artists and entertainers boost Sydney’s nightlife.

Venues in key entertainment hubs will host live music events or late-night art exhibits. There will even be a guitar festival and street carnival among the 14 events funded by the NSW Government.

The diverse events aim to create inviting and vibrant spaces for music, arts and culture to energise Sydney’s night-time economy.

Culture Scouts Founder & Director Emilya Colliver said Activate Sydney@Night funding has allowed them to create new night-time tours, which will be available in time for the warm Spring weather.

“We stitch together compelling cultural experiences - visiting local galleries, studios, cafes, boutiques and public artworks, and we meet the local legends that make up each community,” Emilya said. “We can't wait to invite Sydneysiders and visitors to discover cities differently - at night!

“We strongly believe it's vital to encourage growth in the cultural sector and that shining a light on some of Sydney's best creatives, independent retailers and community organisations will create more engaged and safer local communities.”

Century Group Executive Director Greg Khoury said lovers of great music will be happy to hear Activate Sydney@Night funding has helped ensure the 2020 Sydney Guitar Festival will have an impressive list of performers.

"The Sydney Guitar Festival is Sydney's premier guitar event and celebrates the instrument's rich history and exciting future. Featuring local and international musicians, Century works with artists to conceive, create and present a new line up of events for Sydney audiences,” Greg said.

“The Activate Sydney@Night grant will enable us to expand programming to create a larger and more diverse Festival in 2020. Crucially, it will also help to keep ticket prices affordable." 

Activate Sydney@Night projects will offer unique and creative experiences in coming months in the precincts of Darlinghurst, Haymarket and George Street, the Sydney Opera House to Walsh Bay, Pyrmont, Newtown, Liverpool and Parramatta.

The 14 funded projects are:

Event Where Planned date
Flying Nun by Brand X Darlinghurst July – December 2019
Mary’s Underground Circular Quay July 2019 – June 2020
ParraPickers: Second-time around celebration Parramatta July 2019 – June 2020
Sugar Fest 2019 Pirrama Park, Pyrmont 24 – 25 August 2019
Sydney Fringe Festival Newtown Precinct Project Newtown 1 – 30 September 2019
Flow Festival Darlinghurst 12 October 2019
Liverpool Laneways Liverpool CBD September – October 2019
Sydney at Night Tours Newtown and Haymarket/George St September – November 2019
EMCPLAY Darlinghurst, Newtown, Redfern, Haymarket 13 – 17 November 2019
Winda festival under the stars Barangaroo 21 – 24 November 2019
Musica Viva Sessions Liverpool, Parramatta, Darlinghurst, Opera House to Walsh Bay and Pyrmont 2019 – 2020
Art at Night Parramatta 1 – 31 March 2020
Sydney Guitar Festival Newtown/Marrickville August 2020
King Street Carnival Newtown September 2020