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Cairns Performing Arts Centre sees rise in attendance and ticket sales
Over 55,000 people attended the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) in its first six months of operation, generating more than $2.5 million in ticket sales.
Since its gala opening on 15th December 2018, the venue had only 24 days without an audience or client during its first seven months of operation.
When compared with the same period of time in the final year of the Cairns Civic Theatre (1st January to 30th June 2015), CPAC attendance was up by 89% and sales revenue increased by 147%.
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said the strong attendance figures reinforced the need for a state-of-the-art facility of its kind, befitting a city that has evolved into a major international tourist destination, stating “there is no question that our city needed this new facility and the attendance figures show quite clearly that there is an appetite for live theatre in our region.
“The old Cairns Civic Centre served the community well, but it could no longer compete with changes in technology, bigger shows, more complex sets and what is today’s largest regional population in Northern Australia.”
CPAC has hosted local, state and national presentations, including Bangarra Dance Theatre, Queensland Ballet, Gondwana and Opera Australia, junior and senior eisteddfods, the Cairns Choral Society opening season, and school musicals.
9th September 2019 - Touring regional performing arts to receive $1.6 million federal funding
22nd January 2019 - Ticketlink relocates to new Cairns Performing Arts Centre
27th December 2018 - Striking design unveiled for Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns
16th December 2018 - Cairns Performing Arts Centre gets official opening
1st November 2018 - Australia Council’s year in review highlights why arts matter
30th October 2018 - Cairns Performing Arts Centre set for 15th December gala opening
23rd October 2017 - New-look link for Cairns’ best entertainment
23rd August 2017 - Cairns’ Munro Martin Parklands delivers on vision
25th July 2016 - Tropical North Queensland highlights new infrastructure investment
14th September 2015 - $65 million Cairns entertainment precinct proposal moves forward
12th July 2015 - Funding to support Queensland’s creative communities
3rd July 2014 - Value of the Arts explored at APACA’s annual conference
7th September 2010 - Entsch wants sports facilities in Cairns Cultural Precinct
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