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.

To kick off the festival, here are our first nine programs.

Dance Locale

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.

Public Space Ideas Competition

Public Space Ideas Competition

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, winners will be announced in November.

Summer Night Walks

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.

Places to love

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.

NSW Public Spaces Charter

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

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.

Falling in love with your Country

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.

COVID Safe Summer

COVID Safe Summer

We're helping councils, small business owners, public space managers and the community to support public health orders with our COVID Summer Safe Plan and guidance.

100 stories from the field

100 stories from the field

Coming in late 2020, one hundred 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.