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FESTIVAL STATISTICS (article first published : 2001-07-23)

The 2001 Standard Bank National Arts Festival held recently in Grahamstown attracted thousands of people to the various events on offer. A true festival of the arts, this year again saw a celebration of jazz, drama, ballet, contemporary dance, classical music, fine art, craft, film, Winter School lectures, street theatre, new music, traditional music and dance, cabaret and craft workshops.

Seven new South African plays premiered on the main programme, as well as a new jazz opera, five new music compositions, a newly commissioned dance work and commissioned art exhibitions. Collaborations abounded with art forms and cultures intertwining. Some 49 new works premiered on the Fringe. National and international critics alike have lauded the festival programme, and regular festival-goers singled out the Standard Bank National Arts Festival as the premier arts festival of choice.

Over 121,200 people attended various events on the Main and Fringe Programmes. In comparison to the 2000 Festival, the Main Programme saw an increase in the number of events with 190 events on the programme as opposed to 126 in 2000. The Fringe had 894 events as opposed to 1,182 in 2000. A total of 1302 presentations were to be seen through out the ten-day festival.

The 2001 Festival's Main Programme saw an increase of 8% in the number of people attending performances, while ticket sales were up 9% from 2000. The Fringe Programme attracted less people than in 2001 with a 4% drop in the number of people attending fringe shows and a 0.5% decrease in ticket sales. The combined figures show a 1% rise in attendees and a 3.3% increase in ticket sales.

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. The increase that we saw on the Main is a sign that good theatre attracted the audiences."




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