Final Festival Figures up for 2017
We have now completed all our number crunching for this year’s Festival – and it makes for some impressive reading (if you don’t mind us saying!). We want to thank all our Festival goers for their support:
- Ticket sales have continued to rise: last year we were up by 33% on 2015 figures and this year we are up an amazing 35% on our 2016 figures, with a total of 5423 tickets sold and 22 events sold out.
- If we add in attendance at all the events, we estimate a total of just under 11,000 people visited the Festival.
- This year, we finally breached a million views on social media. Our reach on Twitter came to 579,000 and our Facebook reach came to 578,794. This means that our social media content was seen by a total of 1,157,794 people.
- We received around 1300 evaluations from Festival goers, with 95% of respondents rating Festival events as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’. Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us feedback.
- However, we aren’t complacent and know there is room for improvement in areas such as sound at some venues. We will be reviewing all our venues over the coming months to decide where to host events for 2018. All the comments we receive are considered carefully and are invaluable in helping us to programme an even better Festival in 2018.
Re-live our 2017 Festival: audio files of Alan Johnson and Tim Dowling events
Thanks to our partners QUAD and their clever digital team, we have audio recordings of two of this year’s highlight events: Alan Johnson in conversation with Matthew Parris and Tim Dowling. You can now download these from the website and keep them for eternity!
Ursula Vaughan Williams book launch
One of this year’s events featured the first biography of Ursula Vaughan Williams, the distinguished poet, novelist and librettist who was the second wife of internationally-acclaimed composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The book’s publication had been delayed so we were unable to sell copies at the event. However, Festival author, Janet Tennant, contacted us recently to let us know it has now been published. Mistress and Muse costs £30 and you can get a copy from Albion Music.