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The Festival of Place

The Festival of Place... in your streets

About the program

The Festival of Place.. in your streets is coming to streets across NSW.

The NSW Government is supporting local councils to open streets for community events and activities, including in those areas most impacted by lockdowns, revitalising public spaces with activations across the state and paving the way for longer-term changes to the way we use our streets.

The Festival of Place in your streets supports the Greener Public Spaces Premier’s Priority to increase walkable access to quality public open space in urban areas across NSW.

The program will provide re-energised and more, better and activated public space to support community wellbeing and economic recovery, as lockdowns lift and as we support efforts to make the most of the outdoor lifestyle we all love and enjoy.

This initiative will see more streets reimagined as places for people, whether that’s new walking paths, turning asphalt into art, providing pop-up parklets, or trialling and testing new ways to use our streets towards permanent changes that enhance walkability.

  • The Festival of Place Summer Night Fund Program: Close to 100 councils across NSW have been offered up to $15,000 for free activations or events that enliven public spaces in and around local centres and high streets, in the evening or at night, from 1 January until the end of April 2022. The program aims to support the community by providing opportunities to safely return to public spaces, as well as activating the night-time economy across the State.
  • Streets as Shared Spaces Program - Round 2 ($20 million): The department is offering grants of up to $500,000 to councils across NSW for trial projects that test permanent changes that strengthen the amenity, accessibility and economic vitality of a high street and surrounding area.
  • Long Summer Nights Program: The Rocks, Darling Harbour, and The Domain will celebrate summer with re-imagined and newly created areas with outdoor dance floors, live music, theatre and comedy shows under the stars.
  • The Festival of Place Open Streets Program ($6.5 million): The department is partnering with the 12 former LGAs of concern and the City of Sydney in areas most impacted by lockdowns to open streets across Greater Sydney for community events and activities, from December 2021 to May 2022.

Open Streets Program

We're supporting councils in Greater Sydney most impacted by lockdowns to open streets for community events and activities, re-energising streets and supporting economic recovery in local centres.


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.


Streets as Shared Spaces Program

We're supporting councils to trial projects that test permanent changes to their high streets.


Long Summer Nights Program - Royal Botanic Garden

Sit back and relax this summer in The Domain at The Garden Social, offering free outdoor music plus alfresco dining options that the whole family can enjoy.


Long Summer Nights Program - The Rocks

Celebrate a sweet summer in The Rocks with an immersive take over of markets, laneway cinemas, immersive entertainment, colour and music.


Long Summer Nights - Darling Harbour

Plunge into the 'Summer of 20You' at Darling Harbour - from water activities, interactive installations, live music, outdoor dance stations and more.

Contact us

Contact the public space team for more information at: PublicSpace@planning.nsw.gov.au