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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.

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.

Greener, wilder

Two unforgettable experiences blending science, art and culture, Greener, wilder is for all ages.


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.


Stories from the field

Coming soon! Get to know the people who care for our public spaces. Rain, hail or shine, these passionate volunteers and workers are on the ground caring for the places we love.


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.


REMIX Summit

We partnered with REMIX on 8-9 March 2002 to stream The Festival of Place – The future of public space and placemaking.