NSW Night-Time Economy
The NSW Government is committed to growing a vibrant, safe and diverse night time economy to enhance the state’s standing as a global destination, and make our cities safe and great places to live, work and visit.
What is Create NSW doing?
Arts, screen and culture play a key role in building our state’s night time vibrancy.
Create NSW is committed to supporting a strong thriving night time economy that enables the arts and cultural sector to thrive while directly contributing to diverse offerings of night time activities that reflect and respond to audiences and communities.
To provide opportunities to unlock creativity and activate our growing cities, Create NSW in collaboration with other NSW Government agencies have developed several programs to assist artists, business, industry and communities.
Night Time Economy funding programs and resources
- Music Now Contemporary Live Music Funding
- Activate Sydney@Night Grants program
- NSW Night Time Economy Event Directory & Supporting Promotion
- Reducing red tape to make it cheaper, faster and easier to set up and run a night-time business
- Guide for establishing and managing Night Time Economy uses
For more information on the NSW Night Time Economy visit: www.nsw.gov.au/nighttimeeconomy
If you have further questions contact:
Senior Manager, Arts Engagement & Partnerships
Activate Sydney @ Night program recipients
Late-night art exhibits, a guitar festival, street carnival, new laneway spaces and diverse live music events are among 14 innovative projects funded by the NSW Government’s Activate Sydney@Night program. The projects will offer exciting new opportunities for people to enjoy vibrant nightlife in key centres including Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Liverpool and Newtown. These projects will help create inviting and vibrant spaces for music, arts and culture that breathe new life into Sydney’s night-time economy. The 14 funded projects are:
Art at Night – Parramatta, Darlinghurst, Haymarket, Newtown ($60,000)
This project will feature late-night gallery exhibits, public installations, performances and walking tours. The bi-weekly Art at Night events will support local artists and share cutting-edge art and culture.
EMCPLAY – Darlinghurst, Newtown, Redfern, Haymarket ($60,000)
EMCPLAY is five nights of music performances, events, pop-ups, films and showcases. The event will bring vibrancy to Sydney’s nightlife through a range of music and cultural events.
Flying Nun by Brand X – Darlinghurst ($30,000)
This performance program will showcase outcomes from residencies at the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre. Audiences will experience new ideas fresh out of development by emerging artists.
Flow Festival – Darlinghurst ($29,000)
Featuring six music stages and a vinyl market, Flow will stage eco-friendly events at three venues with a history supporting progressive artists – Captain Cook Hotel, Tap House and Flinders Hotel.
King Street Carnival – Newtown ($100,000)
The carnival will celebrate Newtown’s unique music, culture and community involving a range of local businesses and organisations, showcasing the suburb’s diversity.
Liverpool Laneways – Liverpool CBD ($65,000)
The project will lighting up different laneways each month, giving a platform for local businesses to trial activation ideas and extended trading hours, support local performers, and grow the city’s cultural landscape.
Mary’s Underground – the Basement, Circular Quay ($78,000)
These late-night performance series will further revive live music in Sydney’s longest running music venue. Presenting a weekly program of local and touring talent, these shows will bring innovative contemporary music to Sydney’s CBD.
Musica Viva Sessions – Liverpool, Parramatta, Darlinghurst, Opera House to Walsh Bay and Pyrmont ($75,000)
This project will provide a unique chamber music experience that invites diverse audiences to discover surprising collaborations between Australia’s most exciting classical music artists in unique venues across Sydney.
ParraPickers: Second-time around celebration – Parramatta ($75,000)
ParraPickers will be a fun, family-friendly event that encourages community interaction for reducing waste and supporting the second hand economy.
Sugar Fest 2019 – Pirrama Park Pyrmont ($28,860)
The festival will celebrate the culture of Australian South Sea Islanders and create a greater understanding for shared history and culture. It will encourage community participation through stories, traditional dance, music and respect for diversity.
Sydney at Night Tours – Newtown and Haymarket/George St ($28,560)
Culture Scouts curates walking tours through Sydney’s cultural hubs that blend art, history, culture, and food. This project will extend this work with two new “Sydney at Night Tours” in Newtown and Haymarket, highlighting hidden stories of Sydney’s dynamic night-time culture.
Sydney Fringe Festival Newtown Precinct Project – Newtown ($75,000)
Each year the Sydney Fringe Festival activates the city in new and unique ways. This project will see the existing activity boosted with additional venues, festival hubs, extensive target marketing and headline programming.
Sydney Guitar Festival – Marrickville ($45,000)
This festival celebrates the guitar’s rich history and exciting future, providing unique performance opportunities for local and international artists. From flamenco to classical, jazz to rock, the event returns in 2019 to deliver its third and most diverse line-up to date.
Winda festival under the stars – Barangaroo ($30,000)
The event is a picnic style opening air screening, bringing the festival of four days to a close and giving international and national filmmakers a send-off, with Indigenous music, food, dance and a great film.
Music Now Precinct Projects
Club 4A | Rui Ho – Haymarket ($5,000)
Showcasing a talented cross section of the NSW music community alongside pioneering Chinese electronica artist – Rui Ho. Club 4A held at Dynasty Karaoke in Chinatown on July 27 is curated and produced by Mathew Spisbah, Rainbow Chan & the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
The Union Hotel Showcase Series – Newtown ($15,000)
A monthly midweek event at the Union Hotel Newtown to showcase a curated line up of Sydney bands.
The Area Festival – Parramatta ($40,000)
The Area is festival of original music in Parramatta showcasing, supporting and nurturing Western Sydney performers. The Area will be presented in partnership with Sydney Fringe Festival. It will provide work for more than 60 local musicians and an excellent cultural experience for the community.
Live Music Program at 32 King Street – Newtown ($40,000)
32 King St becomes an arcade filled with live music programming showcasing emerging live music and other live performances from artists of diverse backgrounds from the greater Sydney area.
Sydney Improvisers Composers Kollektiv Orchestra – Newtown ($40,000)
Twice monthly concerts of new high-quality music and multi-arts, from a diverse range of genres over the period of one year held in Sydney, with special editions held in Wollongong, Newcastle and Katoomba.