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A record-breaking Auckland Writers Festival is good for business

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Thursday 23 May 2019

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

High Street business Pauanesia said the influx of visitors for the Writers Festival was good for business.

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. 

'Do you see what I see?' event at Gow Langsford Gallery, as part of Heart of the City's Literally Lorne event for Auckland Writers Festival 2019. Photo credit: Penny Hartill, Auckland Writer's Festival Facebook Page

Guests gathered at the old St James Theatre for a reading of James K Baxter's letters for Heart of the City's Literally Lorne event. Photo credit: Fergus Barrowman via Twitter