Record crowds at fest

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

De­spite the tough eco­nomic times, this year’s New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val proved to be a high­light on many Auck­lan­ders’ cal­en­dars, break­ing all pre­vi­ous at­ten­dance records.

More than 118,000 vis­i­tors at­tended the fes­ti­val held in May, a 50 per­cent in­crease on last year’s num­bers and the largest in the fes­ti­val’s 17-year his­tory.

A high­light of this year’s fes­ti­val was the SkyC­ity Gas­tro­comique lunches which raised more than $48,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion.

The fes­ti­val’s new di­rec­tor for 2009, Kylie Aitchi­son, says it’s an amaz­ing re­sult for the NZ Com­edy Trust.

“De­spite a re­ces­sion, the fes­ti­val has re­tained its core au­di­ence, with a higher num­ber of shows this year ex­tend­ing their sea­sons.”

She says or­gan­is­ers have al­ready be­gun pre­par­ing for the 2010 New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val which will run from April 23 to May 16.

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