Adelaide Festival Centre counts its losses with 77 shows cancelled due to Covid-19

The Adelaide Festival Centre has unveiled the effects of Covid-19 restrictions on its finances after more than 77 shows were cancelled during the pandemic.

The venue had to refund more than $2 million in tickets and lost another $2.4 million in venue hire fees between March and June while income from the centre’s sales of goods and services fell by around $12 million to just under $16 million compared with the previous year.

Staffing levels have also been slashed by more than half (58 per cent) including the loss of 180 casual staff who were stood down and six full-time or part-time roles which were not renewed or replaced.

“In the following weeks, AFC’s ticketing agency, BASS, refunded 19,560 tickets with a gross value of more than $2 million for School of Rock the Musical, which was due to open in March,” chief executive Douglas Gautier said in the venue’s annual report.

“Between the closure and the end of the 2019-20 financial year, 77 bookings for shows in AFC venues were cancelled or postponed, resulting in more than $2.4 million in lost revenue from venue hire.

“This in turn resulted in similar revenue losses in ticketing, food and beverage, production and marketing services. All the functions, conferences and weddings which would usually fill AFC’s Banquet Room and restaurant and generate revenue were also cancelled.”