The NSW Government is celebrating our many beautiful public spaces as part of the COVID Safe Summer program. The NSW Festival of Place all starts with a film series by the Sydney Dance Company as well as live performances at The Rocks.
With the film series, you will see new dance suites performed in stunning surrounds of public spaces throughout NSW. This will kick off a program of virtual and physical events running for a year from October 2020 to September 2021. Yes, that is right, a whole year of celebrations in and around NSW public spaces.
You will be sure to find an event that interests you on the website, with more fabulous events will be added in the coming months.
Tim Ross hosts the Summer Night Walks as part of this festival.
After lockdown, it is time to escape our homes and come to celebrate the public spaces in a safe manner and this is what this festival is all about. Minister for Planning and Public Places, Rob Stokes said, "It's been an unusual year and this is not your usual kind of festival – it's a chance for us to build on the new perspectives the pandemic has brought to our local public spaces, which we have come to appreciate and value more than ever this year." Mr Stokes also said, "The Festival of Place kicks off a year-round celebration today to inspire us all to enjoy our public spaces and generate ideas for how we can feel good about the places where we live, work, learn and play."
There will be many places to love during this festival
The NSW Festival of Place includes free public and professional events, many are yet to be added. Here is a list of what you will be able to look forward to -
Dance Locale – five short films choreographed by Sydney Dance Company's Rafael Bonachela shot in public spaces across NSW.
I Want To Dance With Somebody Dance Locale – five short films choreographed by Sydney Dance Company's Rafael Bonachela shot in public spaces across NSW. A public participatory event for anyone to learn choreography remotely with Sydney Dance Company, before a major virtual dance performance (January).
Summer Night Walks – design buff Tim Ross (Merrick & Rosso) leads well-known personalities including author Julia Baird, comedian Andy Saunders and Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes, on a walk through their favourite public spaces (December to January).
Public Space Ideas Competition – an awards event and celebration of wonderful new ideas for public spaces, suggested by you (November).
Falling in Love with your Country – a podcast series featuring stories of place hosted by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones (December).
100 Stories from the Field – Hear from 100 people who care for NSW's public spaces and what they love about their daily interactions with the places that shape our communities.
Places to Love – pop-up projects across six NSW council areas reimagining how we can better use public space to spark more social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits for communities.
My Favourite Places (social pinpoint) – an interactive online map encouraging people to mark up, add comments and share photos about their favourite streets, parks, beaches, libraries and other public places in NSW.
The NSW Festival of Place is a festival with a difference. Due to COVID-19, the NSW Government has devised a festival like no other as part of the COVID Safe Summer Plan. This festival runs from October 2020 to September 2021 with events added frequently. Check the NSW Festival of Place website for an event that will interest you.