A record-breaking Auckland Writers Festival is good for business
The 2019 Auckland Writers Festival was held in the city centre last week at the Aotea Centre - and it smashed all previous attendance records.
More than 82,000 seats were filled over seven days, and that's not counting all those who attended free events like the popular HOTC-sponsored 'Literally Lorne' event.
More people in the city centre is good for business. Owner of High Street store Pauanesia, Heather Gerbic says her business benefited from the influx of Writers Festival visitors.
"Visitors to the Auckland Writers Festival gave Pauanesia a valuable sales boost. Many of our 'festival customers' were from out of Auckland. They enjoyed shopping, dining-out as well as attending plays and films in between attending Writers Festival events.” - Heather Gerbic, Pauanesia
Heart of the City's 'Literally Lorne' event on Friday evening was also popular with festivalgoers. The event took place at various locations on Lorne Street. Below are some images from the night.