Darwin Festival sets 40-year ticket sales record

The 2019 Darwin Festival has sold more tickets than any other time in it’s 40-year history, and still has a week of shows left to go.

More than 44,000 tickets had already been sold at this year’s Darwin Festival which kicked off on August 8.

The record ticket sales come as festival chairman Ian Kew won Creative Partnerships Australia’s national business leadership award for his contribution to the arts.

“I understand we passed 44,000 tickets which was the total for all of the festival last year and last year was more than twice as many tickets as three years earlier,” he told the NT News.

“It’s an amazing result and we’ve still got a week to go so that number will be surpassed.

“It’s a real testament to the festival program, the festival team and the people of Darwin coming back and embracing the Darwin Festival wholeheartedly.”

With another week to run, Kew said he hoped festival ticket sales would reach 50,000 by the end of the week

“It reflects a very strong program and a well organised event by Darwin Festival,” he said.