Our Fringe scores a $90m hit

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be­fore­hand, she said. “As our re­sults show, this brings in ex­tra spend­ing for our econ­omy.”

This year’s Fringe also had a record num­ber of in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, up 8 per cent to 20,244, who stayed here longer, with vis­i­tor bed nights up 21.1 per cent to 97,941.

Box office rev­enue was up 7 per cent with 705,761 tick­ets worth $16.6 mil­lion sold. It had an es­ti­mated 2.7 mil­lion to­tal at­ten­dances across free and ticketed events, in­clud­ing 100,000 for its open­ing night street party and 505,000 view­ers for the Pa­rade of Light dig­i­tal pro­jec­tions along North Ter­race over the 31-day event.

Fringe chair­man David Min­ear said it had main­tained growth by push­ing bound­aries.

“The Ade­laide Fringe is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the cul­tural vi­brancy of our city and our state,’’ Mr Min­ear said.

Last month, the Ade­laide Festival’s own eco­nomic study showed it pumped an­other $76 mil­lion into the state econ­omy.

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