Running over 22-28 May 2017, the 20th annual Sydney Writers’ Festival attracted more than 100,000 attendances across 60 venues in Walsh Bay, Greater Sydney, regional NSW and community theatres and libraries around Australia.

Some 59, 322 tickets were sold in the city venues collecting over $1.3 million dollars in revenue. And free events, which made up 40 per cent of the SWF program proved popular with all free of charge Walsh Bay events filled to capacity.

“The 2017 Festival had the second-highest box office in the organisation’s history. We made our anticipated ticketing budget and are very happy with the results including the strong turnout for the free and live and local streaming events” said SWF CEO, Jo Dyer.

“Over the next few weeks we look forward to seeing the exact audience figures from our expanding live-stream program and suburban events as our partners send us their attendances”.

With an impressive line-up of over 450 international and Australian writers, this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival tied together by the theme of ‘Refuge’ continued to attract large audiences across Sydney and right around the country through the Live & Local streaming program.

Owing to the re-development of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct (Piers 2/3 & 4/5) Sydney Writers’ Festival moves to a temporary new home at Carriageworks and The Seymour Centre in 2018 and 2019.

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