BUXTON Festival Fringe has revealed a 24 per cent rise in ticket sales, to an estimated 12,038, as people flocked to Britain’s friendly Fringe.
The amount of money spent in the local area by audiences and performers was also up to £338,000. Performers spent less than last year, but this was more than offset by audience spend including food, accommodation, and ticket sales.
Events such as the Fringe Launch Party, Fringe Sunday and Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men’s Day of Dance, as well as Visual Arts exhibitions like the Dome Art Fair and Buxton Art Trail, were all free of charge and drove total audience figures up to an estimated 24,500.
Fringe Chair, Stephanie Billen, said: “With a record number of events this year, we were a little concerned about audiences but though there are always big variations from show to show we are delighted to report such a substantial overall increase in ticket sales. Free events are also very important to us.
“The whole thing is very much a team effort and we are particularly grateful to our main sponsor, the University of Derby Buxton plus Trevor Osborne of the Crescent Spa Hotel Project; the Cavendish Arcade; the Old Hall Hotel; the Opera House; the Borough Council and all our loyal volunteers, Fringe Friends and venues.”
There were encouraging signs of growth as more people attended more than one show, there was a slightly younger audience, and a continuing high proportion of first-time visitors to the events.
The Fringe is now looking forward to 2013 with new initiatives including an over 18s competition to create artwork for next year’s programme cover.
See www.buxtonfringe.org.uk for details of the competition, which closes on October 1.
lAnyone keen to become involved behind the scenes or who has an interest in the Fringe is invited to contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org