“The real risk is not changing.”
- John Coltrane


“People want to live in a city with a diverse and exciting night-time economy featuring cultural events and activities for people of all ages and interests. They don’t want to live in or visit a city that is unsafe or that shuts down as soon as the sun goes down.” - Lord Mayor of Sydney


“Successful global cities provide a wide range of opportunities to create or experience an exciting cultural life as well as leisure and entertainment options. These cities strike a rich balance between private and public attractions and attract a diversity of ages, lifestyles and cultures throughout the day, evening and night. Evidence shows that this diversity of options leads to a stronger, more connected and resilient community, creates a more inclusive nightlife, improves safety and reduces crime.” *

*From the Discussion Paper: ‘An Open & Creative City – Planning for Culture & The Night-Time Economy’ released by The City of Sydney, October 2017

The City of Sydney has now developed a long-term vision and strategies for the city’s night-time economy and cultural life. In essence, Council is set to reform outdated local planning laws in a bid to inject new life into the city’s beleaguered late night economy. In a massive transformation, shops will remain open seven days a week until 10pm and the live music scene will be revived.

 Grants will be offered to small businesses to create innovative projects such as celebrity appearances or live music performances, to attract customers during extended opening hours. Cafes and other small businesses will be able to operate extended hours without requiring permits.


And it’s happening all over the world. Revitalising cities after dark is an issue currently being addressed around the globe:

  • Amsterdam has appointed a ‘Night Mayor’… (in our wildest dreams!). 
  • Seattle is building sustainable creative communities to improve its night-time economy. 
  • A Berlin-based Non-Profit organisation is measuring Urban Creative Space and advocating for the protection of creative space globally. 
  • Caracas in Venezuela has appointed ‘public policy analysts’ who specialise in night-time planning and design.

Paris, London, Madrid, Milan, Prague, Stockholm, Vienna… all are addressing night-time culture from a global perspective and creating a worldwide network.  It’s become a big deal.