Sydney’s streets come alive during spring festivals

The main streets of Sydney’s local villages will be closed to traffic and transformed into spaces for strolling, shopping, dining and entertainment during a series of special events in October and November.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said encouraging a festival vibe would help businesses regain momentum after the impacts of Covid and record rainfall.

“The Sydney Streets series is a vital part of what we do to support our local businesses,” said Mayor Clover Moore.

“We are closing our main streets to traffic and securing them so residents can shop, dine or drink on our sidewalks and roads in a Covid-safe way.

“Our first round of Sydney Streets parties over the past summer have been a huge success and well received by residents and businesses. We want to see more people go out and enjoy what their neighborhood has to offer.

Each main street will become pedestrianized for one day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., giving businesses the opportunity to trade outdoors and set up in-store activations to attract shoppers and customers. Acoustic musicians and traveling artists will perform throughout the day.

Sydney Streets will take place at seven locations on Saturdays in October and November:

  • October 1: Crown Street, Surry Hills
  • October 8: Harris Street, Pyrmont
  • October 15: Stanley Street, East Sydney
  • October 22: Redfern Street, Redfern
  • October 29: Haymarket
  • November 5: Glebe Point Road, Glebe
  • November 12: Darlinghurst Road / Macleay Street, Potts Point

In addition to the Sydney Streets series, the City of Sydney continues to work closely with the NSW Government to provide businesses with more options to cater to more customers. As part of the outdoor program, the City is expediting a free outdoor dining permit application process, with all outdoor dining fees waived until June 30, 2023 and the street dining program will continue. continuing until April 30, 2023.

In June, Council approved more than $6.2 million in direct cash grants and in-kind contributions for local businesses, community groups and cultural programs. The funding will help local businesses recover, grow and breathe new life into Sydney’s cultural and nightlife economy. The funding will also support initiatives that enhance creativity across the city and build the sustainability and capacity of local cultural and creative industries.

Fourteen grants worth $3 million in cash and $700,000 in kind were approved by the city in May as part of its Neighborhood Activation Grant program to revitalize downtown and villages and activate new micro-districts over the next 12 months.

“Our Neighborhood Activation Grants program has been designed to encourage businesses, creatives and communities to collaborate and bring cultural activity to local neighborhoods and neighborhoods,” said the Lord Mayor.

“Not only will there be our annual schedule of major events in the city, but we will see local businesses and communities working together, building relationships and building capacity to ensure that local events and collaboration continue for the long term. “

Spring events include:

The second series of the Sydney Streets program will run from January to April 2023 and the third from May to June 2023.

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