Sydney Festival Reaps Benefits from Discounted Tickets

Classic Arts News   Sydney Festival Reaps Benefits from Discounted Tickets
Visitors to the 2006 Sydney Festival will be able to enjoy a 25 percent discount for many tickets, thanks to Fergus Linehan, the festival's new artistic director, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Linehan has also established a quota of A$25 tickets for the festival, a popular annual cultural event, which opens January 7. The festival attracts approximately 1.5 million people annually and includes music, dance, theater and visual arts, plus outdoor presentations.

Events that will feature the discounted tickets include French ballerina Sylvie Guillem's performances with George Piper Dances, Elvis Costello's concert with the Sydney Symphony, and British director Declan Donnellan's staging of Twelfth Night. The top price tickets for the three events are A$138, A$144 and A$65, respectively.

Linehan's strategy was inspired by success stories at venues such as London's National Theatre, which saw increased ticket sales and new audiences after offering Ô£10 tickets. Linehan's strategy for the Sydney Festival is already paying dividends: A$1 million in tickets have been sold since the program's launch on November 3, an increase of 60 percent over the previous festival.

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