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Adelaide Festival a Critical and Box Office Success
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:20

The 2012 Adelaide Festival drew to a close on Sunday 18 March, marking the end of the Paul Grabowsky's tenure as Artistic Director and the last of the Festival as a biennial event.

With 65 sold out performances, the 2012 Festival reached the $2.6 million box office target before opening night. Over the following 17 days, the Festival achieved a total box office income in excess of $3 million across 53 ticketed events. Whilst official attendances for all 68 events are still being collated, it is anticipated the Festival attendances will exceed 245,000.

The Festival opened on Friday 2 March, with a spectacular outdoor concert led by legendary Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. Attended by over 5000 people, the Maestro and company received three standing ovations, and such was the Maestro's pleasure he expressed his desire to return to perform again in Adelaide.

Outgoing Artistic Director Paul Grabowsky said, "I am thrilled we have delivered such a successful festival and one that has inspired and challenged audiences with such a diverse program. It is particularly pleasing to end my tenure on such a high note. I want to thank all of the artists, staff, sponsors and government partners for their contribution to a fantastic event.  And particularly Kate Gould who assembled a fantastic Festival team and who has been a joy to work with over the last four years"

Festival Director for 2013-15, David Sefton said, "Paul and the team delivered an excellent program this year. I see the festival going annual as a real opportunity for Adelaide and I'm thrilled to be taking on the role at such an exciting time."

John Hill Minister for the Arts said, "It's fantastic that 626 South Australian artists and community groups were involved in Adelaide Festival alongside 386 artists from interstate and 320 artists from overseas. Adelaide Festival is a truly international event.  I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank outgoing Artistic Director Paul Grabowsky and also CEO & Associate Artistic Director Kate Gould for her outstanding ten-year contribution to the Festival, and to welcome David Sefton as the Artistic Director for 2013, 2014 and 2015."

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