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    • Message of Support from the Lord Mayor

      7 September 2015

      On behalf of the City of Sydney, I am proud to support the fourth annual BEAMS Arts Festival in 2015.

      Over the last few years, the BEAMS Festival has become a highlight of Sydney’s cultural calendar. I congratulate the Chippendale Creative Precinct for all you have achieved over that time – making a vital contribution to activating the Chippendale area and providing a fantastic forum for local artists and musicians to showcase their talents and realise their potential.

      I also commend local tertiary institutions for working with the Chippendale Creative Precinct to encourage artists to be part of the Festival, and congratulate the many volunteers and artists involved. This year’s festival would not have been possible without your impressive contribution.

      The City of Sydney strongly supports creativity in our local communities which is why we provide more than $30 million each year to support Sydney’s arts scene, including this festival. We want to see Sydney build its reputation as an international city of culture and creativity. Events like the BEAMS not only help achieve this goal but are integral to the development of the City’s creative scene and its ability to thrive in the future.

      It’s wonderful to see events like this being so well supported by the community. It’s clear there’s a demand for experiences which make use of place and Sydney’s historic precincts such as the Festival, which uses Chippendale’s laneways to provide an atmospheric backdrop to the range of performances on offer.

      This year’s Festival has a great program and I am sure everyone attending will enjoy the live music, workshops, dance and performance, and special outdoor dining and bars available.

      I wish the organisers and performers all the best with this year’s event and wish the Festival continued success.

      Yours sincerely
      Clover Moore
      Lord Mayor of Sydney