Creative Spaces, Sydney

City of Sydney's 'Creative Spaces' brandingOxford Street, once the bright centre of the Sydney’s gay and boho communities, has lost some of its groove over recent years and seen its status as an iconic shopping and nightlife district slip.

That's all changing again after the City of Sydney activated a number of its office and retail properties with creative and cultural activities in February 2012 as part of a broader strategy to revitalise the Darlinghurst end of Oxford Street as a cultural quarter by putting back regional colour and speciality shopping.

For the first stage, low cost offices and shopfronts owned by the City of Sydney were made available for creative start-ups and arts organisations. 

Six months into the program, Lisa Andersen interviewed Kate Murray and Belinda Brooke from the City of Sydney and some of the creative businesses occupying the spaces to find out how it’s going so far.