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SBNAF FACTS AND FIGURES (article first published : 2000-08-6)

The 2000 Standard Bank National Arts Festival, held from 30 June to 8 July in Grahamstown, attracted over 120,000 people to its various events.

As the 1999 event celebrated the Festival's 25th anniversary with a bigger programme and extended it to 13 days, the figures for this year's Festival have been compared to those of 1998. The 2000 and 1998 Festivals were similar in size, number of events offered as well sponsorship received.

However, the 1998 Festival, which attracted 110,000 people to its events, stretched over 11 days while this year's event was held over nine days.

The 2000 Festival's main programme saw an increase of almost 35% in the number of people attending performances while ticket sales were up 10,25% from 1998. The fringe programme attracted less people than in 1998 with a 4,86% drop in the number attending fringe shows and a 12,85% decrease in ticket sales. The combined figures show a 9,25% rise in attendees and a 5% decrease in ticket sales.

The 2000 main programme offered festival-goers 126 events with 353 presentations of these performances (1998 - 133 events and 304 presentations) and the fringe programme in 2000 included 202 events with 1,182 presentations (1998 - 270 events and 1,383 presentations). The combined figures show that the 2000 Standard Bank National Arts Festival offered 328 events (1998: 403) with 1,535 presentations of these performances (1998: 1,687 presentations).

Says Lynette Marais, Festival Director: "We are pleased with this year's figures. Visitors came to see quality productions and were not disappointed with what was on offer. New projects such as the street theatre festival and the New Music Indaba proved to be particularly popular and indicates audiences' appreciation of innovative art. Good theatre got the audiences."




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