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The Festival of Place – Open Streets is a funding partnership program with 13 Greater Sydney councils most impacted by the 2021 COVID-19 lockdowns, supporting these councils to temporarily close streets to cars and open them on a day or series of days for demonstration projects involving community events and activities.

The department offered funding of up to $500,000 to partner councils to activate streets from December 2021 to May 2022.

The program seeks to:

  • Temporarily close streets to cars and open them for people, with projects over a day or series of days that provide safe space for community events and activities
  • Re-energise our streets by creating a sense of excitement and discovery in streets and centres, with creative activations that are inviting and inclusive to all the community
  • Support job creation in local businesses and cultural sector
  • Seed longer-term place management outcomes, through demonstration projects that encourage partnerships between councils and businesses, cultural or learning institutions and/or asset owners.

More than 25 streets and laneways in 20 urban centres across Greater Sydney will be opened for the community.

Bayside Council

The Streets Alive event will run over a series of days in Brighton Le Sands, where Bay Street and surrounding laneways will be transformed into a winter playground, with alfresco dining, pop-up installations and themed activities and events.

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Blacktown City Council

Bringing people back to Blacktown CBD, a series of events will showcase local businesses and provide an opportunity to experience engaging activations on Main Street, including live performances, an outdoor cinema, cultural activities and more.

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Burwood Council

Innovative transport plans will see Burwood Road transformed into an urban park with outdoor dining, amusement rides, market stalls, live music, roving performers, life size games, food trucks and a mobile play van.

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Campbelltown City Council

Queen Street and surrounding streets in Campbelltown will prioritise pedestrians through a series of community activations including live music, family entertainment, markets, outdoor dining and more.

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City of Canterbury Bankstown

A weekend long activation will see Campsie’s Beamish Street opened to people and closed to cars for outdoor dining, community activities, live entertainment and public art to showcase the thriving, dynamic diversity of this community.

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City of Sydney

Darlinghurst Road in Potts Point and Crown Street in Surry Hills will be opened to pedestrians, reinvigorating local communities and allowing residents to rediscover their local retailers and businesses on foot.

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Cumberland City Council

The streets of Granville and Auburn will be re-imagined as they play host to markets, outdoor dining, live entertainment, providing opportunities to celebrate and connect with community during Ramadan.

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Fairfield City Council

Weekend culinary carnivals and mid-week roving entertainment will see Fairfield's Arthur Street and Cabramatta's Spencer Street, Ware Street and surrounding laneways host celebrity chefs and ambassadors, headline artists, digital touring maps, cultural performances, family activities and amusement rides.

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Georges River Council

A series of events over summer and Lunar New Year will see businesses, cultural organisations, community groups and the entertainment industry breathing life back into Forest Road in Hurstville and Belgrave Street in Kogarah.

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Liverpool City Council

A block party in Liverpool will see local streets and laneways transformed to host live entertainment and delicious food reflective of the community’s vibrant and diverse identity.

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City of Parramatta Council

Pop-up bars, outdoor dining, performance stages, and lighting installations will re-imagine Phillip Street and surrounding laneways in Parramatta's CBD.

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Penrith City Council

Woodriff Street in Penrith and West Lane in St Marys will replace cars with live performances, pop-up green space, alfresco dining and creative interventions.

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Strathfield Council

Adding colour and energy back into Homebush and Homebush West, over a series of weekends Rochester Street and Henley Road will be home to outdoor dining, live entertainment and placemaking activations.

Questions?

Contact the public space team via email: PublicSpace@planning.nsw.gov.au

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