Good News Story - ARTRAGE

Western Australian non-for-profit registered charity ARTRAGE Inc. has revealed its first Impact Report, which provides social, cultural and economic insights into the 2019/20 Rooftop Movies, Girls School Cinema and FRINGE WORLD Festival seasons, which are the main activities presented by the cultural organisation.

ARTRAGE CEO Sharon Burgess said:“ For over thirty years ARTRAGE has developed and presented numerous key cultural events and festivals that enrich and evolve the culture of WA, and this Impact Report is an opportunity to share the results and feedback from our extensive surveying.”

The Impact Report reveals that 2020 FRINGE WORLD Festival recorded 722 events at over 150 venues spread across Perth City and other metropolitan suburbs and regional towns in WA. Attendance at ticketed and non-ticketed events topped 820,000 and box office payments to artists and arts companies totalled $9.4 million.

For every $1 invested by the WA State Government into FRINGE WORLD, $68 was stimulated and spent in the local economy with 2,214 FTE jobs being created through this activity; a terrific result for the Festival and the state.

“Despite the heartache of COVID-19 I am grateful to work for an organisation that presents an essential part of our community’s summer calendar, and now more than ever, our community needs the Festival as a light at the end of the tunnel following the depression of COVID-19. 2021 will be the Festival’s 10th birthday and we are looking forward to celebrating with the whole community and for FRINGE WORLD to be a key stimulator for the revival of WA,” said Ms Burgess.

Based on an 18/19 Annual Report analysis conducted by Business News; in the state arts and cultural landscape ARTRAGE currently ranks 1st for operating revenue and 2nd for total patron engagement (behind the State Library). FRINGE WORLD is one of the largest avenues through which Western Australians actively participate in the cultural life of the state and the annual Festival is recognised as the third largest Fringe in the world.

Visit to read the full ARTRAGE Impact Report. The 2021 FRINGE WORLD Festival will return from 15 January to 14 February.

This article was submitted by ARTRAGE.

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