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Gold Coast’s HOTA arts precinct continues to break box office records
The Gold Coast’s arts and culture precinct, the Home of the Arts (HOTA). continues to break box office records, selling more tickets, reaching more people and having more visitors than before.
Commenting on the biannual report for the centre (for the six months to December 2018), Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said that it showed the precinct's continued upward trajectory while cementing itself as a premier arts and culture precinct.
Mayor Tate advised “the numbers speak for themselves – visitation to the centre was 37% higher than the previous year with more than 350,000 visitors.
“More than 142,000 tickets were sold, more than 170 functions held and revenue hit $875,000 – a whopping 25% above the target.
“Momentum is building and with the gallery next door now under construction, it has never been a more exciting time for the arts in our city.”
Mayor Tate said an invitation to be part of the Global Cultural Districts Network positioned HOTA among world-class peers and was further evidence of the city’s emergence in this space.
Advising that the precinct would be pivotal in helping to deliver the City’s Live Music Action Plan, Mayor Tate added "since opening its doors in March 2018, the Outdoor Stage has hosted more than 45,000 visitors in a wide variety of events - 23,000 of these in the last six months of last year. This is an outstanding result for such a young venue still establishing itself.
“Once the construction has finished at the gallery, the sky is the limit.”
He said the first two years of programming for the new gallery was close to being secured, promising a range of excellent and exclusive national and international exhibitions.
Fast facts for July-December 2018:
Visitation to the centre: 353,137 (37% increase)
Tickets sold for indoor events: 142,898 for indoor events
Outdoor events: 15 events on the outdoor stage, 23,000 people
Revenue: $875,869 (25% above targets)
Media reach: 246.4 million with 96.3% positive sentiment
Employment: 607 local artists employed
17th September 2018 - Early works set commence on HOTA project
19th July 2018 - Gallery designs unveiled as early works start on next stages of HOTA
6th February 2018 - Arts Centre Gold Coast unveils new branding and dramatic outdoor venue
14th November 2017 - Experienced builder to construct new gallery in Gold Coast Cultural Precinct
18th August 2017 - Arts Centre Gold Coast responds to calls for cheaper tickets
6th December 2016 - Arts Centre Gold Coast marks 30 years
21st October 2015 - Amphitheatre to be centrepiece of new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct
7th March 2015 - First stage of Gold Coast Cultural Precinct aims for 2018 completion
22nd November 2013 - Melbourne consortium wins design competition for Gold Coast Cultural Precinct
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