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Great public spaces

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... in your streets

Learn more about the funding available for councils to reimagine and reconfigure their streets as places for people.

Safer Cities Program

The Safer Cities Program is investing $30 million over two years to improve safety in our cities and towns.

Summer Night Fund Program

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.


The Big Picture Fest

This internationally-recognised 3 day street art festival will bring together world class artists to showcase their work alongside exceptional local talent.


Greener Wilder West

Greener Wilder West is an exciting new series of programs and events that will run in Western Sydney Parklands.


Way Out West Festival

Part of the Festival of place, WOW will deliver a wide range of arts, cultural events and activities suitable for children, young people, families, and people of all abilities.


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.


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.


NSW Public Spaces Charter

The NSW Public Spaces Charter has been developed to support the planning, design, management and activation of public spaces in NSW.


Great Public Spaces Toolkit

The Toolkit is a collection of resources for local government, government agencies, industry and the community to support improved and activated public spaces.


The Festival of Place... at your place

You don't have to travel far to enjoy our great public spaces. There are a variety of ideas and activities that you can do in the comfort of your home and local neighbourhood.


Public Spaces Ideas Competition

The competition aims to shape a new conversation about public space in Sydney and is being delivered in partnership with the Committee for Sydney.


Sydney Square Dance

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


Make Music Day

We 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.



Bidwill transformed into an outdoor community festival celebrating place, culture, local talent, and creativity.



We partnered with REMIX on 8-9 September 2020 to stream The Festival of Place - the future of public space and placemaking.