Adelaide Fringe Festival has come to an end in an epic fashion! The organisers have announced that they have smashed their box office record after selling 825,000 tickets – a 17 per cent increase on last year.
The overall sales worth $19.4 million can be attributed to the diversity and accessibility of the program, as well as the consistently sunny weather and a rising number of tourists visiting South Australia.
Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall says she was impressed with the range of events this year and overwhelming support from the public.
“The buzz around Adelaide has been absolutely electric” says Croall.
She also noted the importance of artists “pushing boundaries and presenting ground-breaking work that people who otherwise feel marginalised can relate to.”
Croall also highlighted the Fringe as the “biggest celebration of Indigenous culture,” which saw more than 200,000 people visiting the free cultural experience down at the River Torrens over March madness period.
Smaller venues were also given a shout out, as they made up 50 per cent of ticket sales while the major city venues (Gluttony, the Garden of Unearthly Delights and the RCC) had the remaining percentage of sales.
I think it’s safe to say that the Fringe organisers have upped their game for 2019! Now, hold me while I wait ONE WHOLE YEAR for it to come back (I’m not crying, you are).