From inflatable dogs to opera, the festival crowds are back

The Adelaide Festival exceeded its box office targets before the end of the weekend, taking just under $6 million so far.

More than a dozen performances have enjoyed the full run, including the Windmill Theatre’s surreal Hans and Gret and Christian Spock’s Messa da Requiem.

The festival’s return to a full slate of international programming saw 83,312 tickets sold with a quarter of those tickets going to interstate visitors.

Among the best sellers were STC’s latest productions for the movie theater, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and My Hyde, and New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde.

Dozens of free events also drew crowds of nearly 50,000.

Over 10,000 people (not to mention 643 dogs) watched the charming light-up inflatables at Lost Dogs’ Disco in Adelaide Hills.

Adelaide Writers Week also attracted a crowd of 17,000 for 130 free events from 4 to 9 March, which were also broadcast live at libraries, schools, retirement villages and nursing homes.

With WOMADelaide kicking off just as the Book Festival wraps up, it’s no wonder locals call it Mad March.

It’s all designed for a total audience of 239,280 so far, from high-tech artworks that cost hundreds per ticket, to inflatable dogs that can be watched (and petted) for free.

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