Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts

    Fringe World report underscores importance of WA's cultural industries

    30/06/2017 6:00 AM
     
    • ​2017 Fringe World impact report shows this year's festival attracted more than 750,000 people and injected $84.3 million into WA's economy
    • Festival featured 711 events at 147 venues involving 3,450 artists and resulted in more than $10 million in ticket sales
    • The report underscores the importance of the cultural industries sector in achieving the McGowan Government's twin goals of generating jobs and adding vibrancy to Perth and Northbridge

    Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today released the findings of an impact report detailing the social and economic impacts of the 2017 Fringe World festival.

     

    The festival attracted 758,184 people and injected $84.3 million into Western Australia's economy.

     

    The festival featured 711 events at 147 venues involving 3,450 artists and resulted in $10.2 million in ticket sales.

     

    The report mentions 96 per cent of respondents believe the festival makes Northbridge and central Perth more vibrant places; and 90 per cent of respondents agree the festival promotes Perth as a more globally connected city.

     

    The report was primarily based on more than 6,600 responses to public and participant surveys.  The surveys were conducted online during February and March 2017. 

     

    The State Government provided $1.098 million to help stage the 2017 Fringe World, with the Department of Culture and the Arts providing $398,820 and Lotterywest contributing $700,000.

     

    In total, the Government has provided more than $6.6 million to Fringe World since it began in 2011.

     

    Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

     

    "Building a strong arts and cultural industries sector is one of the pillars of the McGowan Government's Creative WA policy.

     

    "More than 41,000 Western Australians are employed in the creative sector.

     

    "Events such as Fringe World help create jobs both directly through the hundreds of events staged, but also indirectly through associated jobs in areas such as hospitality and tourism."

     

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