The attendance figures for this year’s edition were similar to those of Grec 2012
This year’s Grec Festival saw an attendance figure of 119,040 spectators. Bearing in mind that the figures were closed on the 29th of July and do not include the last-minute tickets sold for the five remaining performances, the forecast was for the final figure to be around 120,000, which translates to an occupancy of 54%.
In a press conference, the City Council’s Deputy Mayor for Culture, Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation, Jaume Ciurana, highlighted the high level of the festival’s proposals and programme, which were a true reflection on the current situation. He also highlighted the level of quality attained in all the programmed acts, despite the crisis, as well as the international scope of both the festival and the proposals in different disciplines.
At just under 127,000, the attendance figures for last year were slightly higher, though the festival programme was somewhat more extensive. In other words the percentage attendance was almost identical to last year, a fact that is viewed in a positive light.
Despite other relevant factors, such as the notable increase in VAT on the tickets, and the decrease that the sector is experiencing in general, the festival director, Ramon Simó, was optimistic about the results. Simó commented that of the 66 proposals, 40 were well received by the general public and critics alike, and a number of them have sparked international interest in European co-productions.
Among the surprises this year were the high attendance of the four circus productions, which obtained an 86% occupancy figure, and the reception awarded to the dance productions, which attained 70% occupancy, surpassing the 10,000 spectator barrier. Given the success of these two disciplines, it is likely that the proportion to which they are included in next year’s programme will be revaluated. The highest ticket sales were for Puz/zle (dance), Opus (circus) and Fuegos (theatre), and the concert with highest sales was Buika.
Publication date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013
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