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Culture Up Late initiative brings thousands into Sydney’s arts and culture

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NSW Government’s Culture Up Late initiative has been extended to the end of June, giving more people the opportunity to visit the cultural institutions across the CBD. 

The Culture Up Late initiative has already seen more than 30,000 visitors through the doors of participating institutions since it launched in January. Due to the number of visitors since the first month of the year, the Government decided to commit an extra $1.08 million to support its extension.

“Sydney is open for business, with cultural institutions, restaurants, cafes and bars all ready to welcome guests these school holidays and beyond,” Treasurer Perrottet said.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the initiative played a part in the NSW Government’s CBD Revitalisation Plan to bring people back to the CBD. The CBD Revitalisation Plan intends to push the state’s economic recovery by keeping businesses afloat and providing people with jobs.

The extension of the Culture Up Late initiative, along with Dine & Discover and the city’s upcoming accommodation vouchers initiative, allows the visitors to have a good and safe time while enjoying the city.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the initiative has seen strong attendance at participating cultural institutions.

“After the year that was, we know people are eager to reclaim their evenings and immerse themselves in some of the best arts and culture the city has to offer,” Minister Harwin said.

An alternate time was provided for over 30,000 visitors by keeping some of Sydney’s most vibrant cultural institutions open late. This allows them the chance to visit the places that they couldn’t under ordinary circumstances.

“Our harbour city is a world-class cultural and entertainment hub, with the Culture Up Late initiative providing even more opportunities for visitors to explore blockbuster exhibitions and events in the evening and grab a bite to eat while they’re at it.” Minister Harwin said.

The Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Powerhouse Museum, State Library of NSW, Sydney Living Museums, and Sydney Opera House are participating in the Culture Up Late initiative.

The Culture Up Late initiative will continue until 30 June 2021.


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