The Committee for Sydney has long been interested in the cultural and tourism offer of Sydney. We see it as vital to the wellbeing and happiness of Sydney residents and the liveability of the city. Communicating our cultural identity and offer is also a powerful way of attracting tourists and global talent to Sydney. In 2016, the Committee for Sydney released a paper, First Amongst Equals, in which we benchmarked Sydney against 32 other peer cities. We found in that research that Sydney leads the way in terms of cultural appeal, identity and brand. Sydney cannot be complacent though, because cities all over the world are using culture as the backbone of their economic development strategies. The Sydney Culture Essays came about out of the Committee for Sydney’s desire to understand, clarify and strengthen Sydney’s cultural identity and offer at a time of extraordinary transformation and growth. We believe that culture needs to play a fundamental role in this change.

The Committee for Sydney is an independent think tank and champion for the whole of Sydney, providing thought leadership beyond the electoral cycle. Our aim is the enhancement of the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions that make Sydney a competitive and liveable global city. Our members include major companies, universities, not-for-profits, strategically significant local governments and state government departments and key cultural, sporting and marketing bodies. We represent no one sector or interest but we share one passion: Sydney and the role it plays as Australia's global city. We seek to bring all parts of the city together so that Sydney can 'collaborate to compete' more effectively.

Publication Details

The Sydney Culture Essays are a publication of the Committee for Sydney, with principal support from News Corp Australia. This essay series was launched by the NSW Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP at EY, Sydney on 18 April 2017.

Copyright in this collection and the Introduction © 2017 The Committee for Sydney. Copyright © in the individual essays remains with the authors. The moral right of the authors has been asserted.

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