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Barangaroo arts plan to reshape Sydney’s cultural identity

Release Date: 16/07/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber says the joint New South Wales Government and Lendlease Public Art and Cultural Plan for Barangaroo will reshape Sydney’s cultural identity and position the precinct as a major centre for the arts.
The Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Patricia Forsythe said: “Investment in public art and cultural events has a crucial role to play in shaping Sydney’s identity as a global city, and a coordinated arts plan which builds on the social sustainability objectives for Barangaroo will help harness its full potential as an urban renewal precinct.
“An arts strategy which celebrates our unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage within a world-class business and leisure precinct will position Barangaroo as a major cultural destination for residents and visitors alike.
“In addition to providing a clear blueprint for the commissioning and delivery of key works, the Public Art and Cultural Plan for Barangaroo complements the redevelopment of the nearby Walsh Bay Arts Precinct and the City of Sydney’s long term public art plan.
“While Sydney has previously been accused of not having a strong enough cultural and heritage ‘brand’ to support our visitor economy, Barangaroo will set the tone for how we express our rich, dynamic and evolving cultural identity.
“This arts strategy is further proof of the uniqueness of Barangaroo. Not only is it one of the world’s largest urban renewal projects with enormous economic benefits for our city, but it represents an opportunity to redefine Sydney through one of Australia’s largest programs for public art and cultural activity,” Mrs Forsythe said.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Elizabeth Kelleher 0414 626 384

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