Mu­sic fes­ti­val scores a suc­cess

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

THE Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic has wel­comed record crowds with the 27th an­nual event’s box of­fice in­come hav­ing in­creased by about 10 per cent com­pared with last year.

Ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Justin Ankus said he was thrilled with the suc­cess of the renowned event.

“We have ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions with our box of­fice in­come up by ap­prox­i­mately 10 per cent on last year and at­ten­dance up by around 4 per cent on last year to well over 16,500. We will have fi­nal box of­fice fig­ures later this week,” he said.

Two- thirds of at­ten­dees were from in­ter­state with vis­i­tors con­tribut­ing more than 28,000 bed nights and an es­ti­mated spend of $ 5.2 mil­lion in the re­gion.

“We have achieved ex­cep­tional houses at all con­certs with 10 con­certs, a third of our events sold out over the 10 days, and we are ec­static with those re­sults,” Mr Ankus said.

“The con­cert in the stun­ning Queen’s Gar­den was one of my per­sonal high­lights but it’s hard to select just one event.

“The mag­i­cal con­cert in Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral was very well re­ceived, the clos­ing night con­cert was a blast, and the trip to Or­pheus Is­land was spec­tac­u­lar, with an amaz­ing con­cert and whales spot­ted.

“Where else would rather be in win­ter?” you

HIGH NOTE: AFCM artis­tic direc­tor Piers Lane with vol­un­teer El­iz­a­beth Pegg on Sat­ur­day night. Lane ended his 11- year as­so­ci­a­tion with the fes­ti­val on the week­end.

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