THE arts scene will get a huge boost with the roll-out of a $600,000 program of street activations, light installations and live music events across the Inner West.
The council's new EDGE arts program will capture the Inner West's unique arts and creative culture, and is expected to become a major fixture on the Sydney arts calendar.
"The NSW Government wanted to charge the council more than $1.1 million to be part of Vivid Sydney. We've decided to tell them where to go with their ludicrous licensing fees and committed to create our own Inner West program of street activations instead," Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said.
"We can create something that really captures the spirit of the Inner West for half the cost that the Government wants to squeeze out of ratepayers.
"EDGE will allow us to harness our community's creativity and give emerging artists a platform to showcase their work."
Some of the concepts for EDGE activations could include enlivening the Sydenham/Marrickville precinct with lights and window installations, street art showcases, live music events and street activations; hosting projections of local histories and contemporary cultures on the walls of high-rise buildings in Ashfield's Town Centre; and adding new contemporary festivals.
Councillor Anna York, who moved the motion to create the festival, said she was delighted the council voted to support ther creative communities and fund a major new arts experience in the Inner West.