With its dazzling harbour, mild oceanic climate and desirable lifestyle, Sydney's cultural life sometimes seems to be under represented in the profile of this diverse global centre.

To balance this perception and focus on our city's future, the influential advocacy group the Committee for Sydney has published an anthology titled The Sydney Culture Essays, capturing the thinking of some of the leading voices in Sydney’s creative life. Officially launched by the NSW Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, The Sydney Culture Essays explores and highlights Sydney’s cultural life, charts debates and conversations shaping Sydney’s cultural landscape and aspirations.

Contributors to the publication include: Professor Ross Harley (Dean, UNSW Art & Design), Abdul Abdullah (UNSW Art & Design), John Kirkman, Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Lisa Havilah (UNSW Art & Design), Lyn Lewis-Smith, Genevieve Clay-Smith, Clare Holland, Michael Lynch CBA AM, Brett Clegg, Lisa Colley, Ian Innes, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, John Kaldor AM, Dr Bill Dunbar, Sara Mansour, Mark Davy, Peter Ivany AM, Julie McCrossin, Jonathan Jones (UNSW Art & Design), Patrick McIntyre, Tim Jones, Wesley Enoch, Hetti Perkins (UNSW), Stephen Gilchrist and Michael Rose AM.

An independent think tank and advocacy body, the Committee for Sydney aims to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions that make Sydney a competitive and liveable global city. Membership of the Committee consists of major corporations, universities, not-for-profits, local governments, state government departments and key cultural, sporting and marketing bodies. The Committee seeks to bring all parts of the city together to share Sydney’s culture and champion the role arts and culture play in Australia’s global city.

Find out more and read the essays here