Arts & Culture

Adelaide Festival attracts almost half a million guests

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This year’s edition of Adelaide Festival brought in record-breaking crowds across more than two weeks of free and ticketed events that came to a close yesterday (Sunday).

Some 478,890 attended Adelaide Festival and Writers’ Week events this month, with 63,765 tickets sold to paid-for performances.

Interstate audiences made up 30% of the ticket sales for the 39th edition of the event, while book sales during Adelaide Writers’ Week broke records with around 15,000 shifted.

The festival features a mixture of international theatre productions, musicians, dance, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays, while Writers’ Week is Australia’s largest free literary festival.

This year’s edition took place from March 1-17.

“The 2024 Adelaide Festival has been a celebration of the vibrancy of the arts and the spirit of our community,” said Adelaide Festival chair, Tracey Whiting.

“From standout performances to thought-provoking exhibitions, it has resonated with audiences from all walks of life. As we commend the dedication of the Festival team, we look forward to nurturing creativity and fostering cultural connections in the years to come.”

Kath Mainland, CBE, chief executive of Adelaide Festival, added: “Adelaide Festival stands as Australia’s premier international festival, and witnessing world-class international artists share the stage with their talented counterparts from South Australia has been an absolute delight.

“March in Adelaide, with its plethora of festivals, really is the best place in the world to be. Adelaide Festival offers an unparalleled experience to our artists and audiences, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has played their part along the way.”