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. Maps available here.
The 14 funded projects are:
|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||September – 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, Darlinghurst, Haymarket, Newtown||1 – 31 March 2020|
|Sydney Guitar Festival||Newtown/Marrickville||August 2020|
|King Street Carnival||Newtown||September 2020|