Open Inner West 2017 grant applications now open

10 days, 57 cultures, 24 suburbs

Applications are now open for events and activities as part of Inner West Council’s ten day festival, Open Inner West 2017.

Open Inner West unlocks the talents and creativity of local communities and celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the inner west through storytelling, music, dance, art, theatre, food and simply gathering together.

Highlights from the 2016 festival included the Community Kouzina exhibition and food tours, where locals sampled home recipes from local residents and the Greek Island of Kos; Balkan Bonanza with over 1,000 journeying on a Balkan odyssey; and the official opening event Rhythms, Colours, Flavours of Peru featuring an extravaganza of Peruvian arts, crafts, food and dancing.

Administrator of Inner West Council Richard Pearson said the new Inner West Council area takes in suburbs known for being traditionally Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Chinese as well as a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

"And this is just a few of the cultures that call the inner west home," he said.

"Emerging populations in the council area include Bengali, Indian, Thai, and the Philippines.

"This is something we recognise and embrace. We're welcoming and proud of not only our diversity, but also our creative community that values local identity and sense of place."

Grant Applications and Information Sessions

Community groups, schools, local artists, cultural groups and the general public are invited to submit an application for grant funding. Council is looking for a range of low cost or free activities, such as cooking classes, poetry readings, craft and traditional arts workshops, exhibitions and cultural events.

Successful grant applications will encourage younger culturally and linguistically diverse community members to connect with and learn about their individual cultures, and to share these cultures with friends, family and the broader community.

Open Inner West 2017 will be held Friday 16 June to Sunday 25 June 2017. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Guidelines are available on Council's website from at

Applications close on 1 November, 12pm (midday).

Applicants are invited to attend a grant information session on Thursday 20 October, 11am – 12pm and 6pm – 7pm at Council’s Petersham Service Centre, 2-14 Fisher Street Petersham.

For more information contact Council’s Community Cultural Development Officer, Marrickville on 9335 2123 or

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