Bendigo Writers Festival Biggest and Best Yet!

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Bendigo Writers Festival doubled ticket sales this year, with a strong program attracting increased audiences.

“There were more than 3000 tickets sold to people attending sessions across the weekend,” General Manager of The Capital and the festival, David Lloyd, said.

“Many of those tickets were for multiple sessions, and there were also our free schools day events on the Friday plus the Fringe Festival at Bendigo Library.  The total attendance was over 9,000, which is a really pleasing result.”

He said the festival this year improved ticketing and venue management and will return a balanced budget.

“It’s a big and complex event to stage, and it relies on a lot of hard work including that of volunteers, so we’re very proud of what we have already achieved. We want to be sure the success of the festival continues and that means monitoring how we do things to be sure both our writers and audiences have a really good time.

“The feedback this year was overwhelmingly positive,” Mr Lloyd said.

The festival presented more than 70 events, from small workshops for groups of 10 or 20 people to keynote speakers in Ulumbarra Theatre.

The closing event in the Capital Theatre with satirist John Clarke and artist John Wolseley was booked out.

City of Greater Bendigo Director of City Futures Stan Liacos, said the result exceeded expectations.

“The festival is only four years’ old and, with the assistance of our partners, La Trobe University, has already become well-known and highly respected.

“Our excellent venues in and around View Street give us the capacity to create quality events, and the writers festival is now firmly established in Bendigo’s cultural calendar,” Mr Liacos said.

Next year’s Bendigo Writers Festival is scheduled for August 12-14.

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