Record crowds at fest
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.