We're extremely proud to announce that in the past six years, we have almost doubled the number of tickets sold, attendances, total economic expenditure and visitor spend related to the Fringe - a huge economic coup for South Australia.
This year's Fringe attracted 18,655 interstate and international visitors - up 38% on the 2016 festival - and delivered $24.3 million of new money to the state. The total estimated number of visitor bed nights also rose to more than 80,800.
Total expenditure associated with the 2017 Fringe was a staggering $81.4 million - up almost 5% on last year's figure.
Most importantly, this year's Fringe generated $16.2 million in revenue - the majority of which goes directly into the pockets of artists - an 80% increase in five years.
We're also excited that from next year, thanks to $1 million of State Government funding, we're set to become the most affordable Fringe in Australia for artists to take part in, by abolishing inside charges for artists on tickets under $35 and halving the inside charge on tickets over $35. That means more money in artists' pockets.