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The Festival of Place

Love the Place You Live

The Festival of Place is an inaugural celebration of public spaces across NSW.

The Festival celebrates the breadth, beauty and possibilities of NSW’s public spaces. We encourage people to re-emerge and engage safely with public spaces. Over the next 12 months you will see a rolling program that highlights the importance and beauty of great public spaces. This is no ordinary festival, but one that celebrates our connection to place, 365 days of the year.

View our latest programs

The Festival of Place... at your place

We wanted to give you a lift and help you, your loved ones and your community through the current lockdown with some great public space ideas, activities, and content.

Sydney Square Dance

In April, Darling Harbour's public spaces was energised through epic dance performances and interactive classes during the Sydney Square Dance.


Dance Locale

Watch five films celebrating the beauty and diversity of public space in Greater Sydney and rural New South Wales performed by the Sydney Dance Company.


Places to love

Places to Love is a program of demonstration projects to create and test concepts for better public spaces across NSW. Read about council pilot projects in your area.


Public Spaces Ideas Competition winners announced

We partnered with the Committee for Sydney to ask for your ideas about how to transform public space across Greater Sydney. With more than 500 entries, find all the winners here.


NSW Public Spaces Charter

The draft NSW Public Spaces Charter is our commitment to quality public spaces for every community. Have your say on the Charter.


Great Public Spaces Toolkit

The Great Public Spaces Toolkit is a collection of free resources for local government, government agencies, industry, and the community to support more, better and activated public spaces.


Summer Night Walks

Tim Ross invites leading thinkers, artists, comedians, performers and public figures to take him on a 'Summer Night Walk' to a special place in their neighbourhoods. Watch the first episode.


Falling in love with your Country

A podcast series featuring stories of place hosted by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones. Find out more about Jonathan Jones and the upcoming program.


Summer Fund

We’re supporting councils to put on free, safe, activations and events, creating opportunities for people to connect and bring The Festival of Place to you - wherever you are in NSW.


Make Music Day

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment partnered with Create NSW as part of The Festival of Place and offered Small Project Grants of $15,000 specifically to support events or activities celebrating Make Music Day 2021.


Stories from the field

Coming in 2021, stories about the people who care for our public spaces on the ground in a year of great turmoil, the silver linings and the struggles.


Register for updates

Sign-up for Festival of Place program updates.