Crowds return to major festivals across the country

OzAsia has kicked off in Adelaide.

Major festivals across the country are set for a bumper return of crowd numbers.

Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival saw 66,000 people attend its opening across the first four days of performances and community events at the Riverbank precinct.

“We were thrilled to see so the whole precinct aglow across OzAsia Festival’s opening week,” said OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Annette Shun Wah.

“With so many stellar performances still to come, audiences can look forward to the best of the best in dance, music, theatre, comedy, visual arts and literature across the remaining two weeks of OzAsia Festival.”

The Gold Coast is gearing up for a big three days, with the GC500 and Groundwater Country Music Festival both taking place over the weekend. More than 200,000 spectators are expected to attend the GC500 over three days of racing.

“We know that this weekend of jam-packed entertainment is also converting into fantastic business for the Gold Coast,” said Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan.

“So we’re seeing occupancy on average sitting above 80% and spiking as high as 86% this weekend. This is great news, especially because it is the period between school holidays.”

Jan McCormick, CEO of Major Events Gold Coast, says the events pipeline is looking strong.

“We have a really strong calendar coming up out of COVID and we’re getting some really great events for next year so that’s really exciting,” said McCormick.

Perth Festival is also looking to return with a bang in 2023 after announcing global singer Bjork would stage a series of Australian exclusive performances to headline the event.

Up to 15,000 people are expected to attend each of the three nights of the opening event being held at Lake Joondalup.