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The West Australian Miss Burlesque performing at the Fringe World festival

Perth's record-breaking Fringe World finished last night after the last of thousands of performances across the city over the past month.

The audience response to the festival's rapid growth has stunned organiser Artrage, which said the "boutique Fringe at the end of the world" would be even bigger next year.

Preliminary results show that more than 150,000 tickets were sold, for total ticket revenue of $3.2 million.

Total attendance at the 450 free and ticketed shows was about 370,000, Fringe director Amber Hasler said.

Ms Hasler said Northbridge venues had been buzzing, as had the new Midlandia venue in Midland and the Noodle Palace, which breathed new life into the heritage-listed former Piccadilly Cinema.

"We had a massive program, introduced some fabulous new venues and created a showcase of amazing entertainment from all over the world," she said.

"We are so pleased that Perth has embraced Fringe even more this year.

"The positive, safe and welcoming atmosphere at festival venues, particularly in Northbridge, was truly wonderful."

At the Fringe World Awards last night, the top $10,000 Martin Sims Award went to WA's Holland Street Productions' music-theatre show Point and Shoot.

Among other results, _The West Australian _Arts Editor Award went to Gillian Cosgriff's cabaret show This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.

The Perth Fringe has grown rapidly in just three years to be the fourth biggest in the world.

Ms Hasler said the support from audiences and participating artists bode well for its continued success.

"We will likely need to introduce further pop-up infrastructure into the Perth Cultural Centre and The Pleasure Garden to accommodate the increased demand from artists," Ms Hasler said.

More traditional and non-traditional venues throughout the metropolitan area were expected to come on board. "The impact of Fringe World will continue to grow and Fringe-bingeing will become as synonymous with Perth in February as our beautiful beaches and sunshine," she said.

The Perth International Arts Festival continues until Saturday.