We're not moving: Easterfest organisers

Easterfest event director Dave Schenk is working with festival supporters to help bolster ticket sale numbers in 2015.
Easterfest event director Dave Schenk is working with festival supporters to help bolster ticket sale numbers in 2015. Nev Madsen

EASTERFEST organisers have ruled out relocating the annual festival, arguing it is a part of the city's CBD.

Despite not turning a profit in recent years, and numbers falling dramatically at the most recent festival, event director Dave Schenk said moving from Queens Park was not an option.

"We are not withdrawing from the city under any circumstances," he said.

"We've just got to make sure the balance between ticketed events, and what generates and costs money."

Mr Schenk said ticket numbers were yet to be finalised, but estimated total figures were well down on previous years.

"Numbers were down significantly - in the tens of per cents, at least," he said.

"We're in the double digit percentage range."

He attributed that to festival goers travelling from as far as New South Wales for the event, but not paying the ticket price for the main stage, opting instead to enjoy the free shows at the city's venues.

"At the moment, we do know for sure that some people are travelling as far as Brisbane, Lismore and Sydney, and because of what we're doing, they're not feeling like they have to buy a ticket," he said.

"Those coming to Toowoomba are still great from a tourism perspective, but not necessarily for Easterfest."

Mr Schenk said organisers were speaking with current supporters and venues to discuss possible strategies to help the festival.

Those plans and possible changes are yet to be determined, but Mr Schenk said things were on track for a bigger event next year.

"We've pre-sold more tickets for next year's festival already than we had for this year's event at the same time," he said.

Topics:  easterfest toowoomba

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