The 33rd annual Melbourne International Arts Festival came to a close on 28 October after 19 days of dance, theatre, visual arts, architecture, contemporary and classical music, and free events across the city.
For the second year in a row, the festival’s box office surpassed $3 million in revenue under the artistic directorship of Jonathan Holloway, which is only the third time this milestone amount has been achieved in the festival’s 33-year history. While final figures are still to be tallied, the 2018 box office is set to be a record-breaking amount in excess of $3.7 million.
Popular ticketed events at the festival included Fire Gardens at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, which attracted nearly 30,000 festival-goers (85% of whom were new to the festival), as well as UK company NoFit State’s Lexicon, which attracted 10,000 people.
Around 25,000 people were drawn to 1000 Doors, a visceral labyrinth of entrances and exits created by Melbourne-based installation artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney as a reprisal to their wildly popular House of Mirrors at last year’s Festival.
The 2019 Melbourne International Arts Festival runs from 2 – 20 October 2019.