Adelaide sees rebound in festival visitors

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The Adelaide Festival has attracted almost 12,000 interstate visitors and bolstered South Australia's economy to the tune of $26 million.

Organisers on Tuesday released financial performance figures for the March arts event, with resurgent demand for tickets and hotel accommodation reaching pre-pandemic levels.

Box office sales topped $5 million despite the challenges of reduced theatre capacities, COVID-19 safety plans and close contact rules.

"The incredible success of Adelaide Festival in 2022 cements Adelaide and South Australia as the festival destination in Australia," Arts Minister Andrea Michaels said.

The festival is not only a crucial tourism driver in the month of March, but also essential to "our identity, our economy and for the incredible opportunities it gives our artists".

"It makes this international arts festival the jewel in the cultural crown of South Australia," she said.

This year's event included 71 events with 823 performances across 17 days, drawing 863 artists from 22 countries.

Music, opera, dance, film and visual arts were showcased alongside Adelaide Writers' Week and the WOMADelaide music festival.

It was the sixth and final Adelaide Festival presented by joint artistic directors Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield.

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