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Thousands crowd along South Bank for Brisbane’s Riverfire

Mr Cush said more than 110,000 visitors came to the festival, which contributed to a gross economic impact of $40 million, despite having to cancel the popular event Fire Gardens because of the statewide fire ban.

David Berthold, who marked the end of his five-year reign as the festival’s artistic director, said there was a remarkable amount of diversity in this year’s program, which included about 84 productions.

Invisible Cities and Rite of Spring were two monumental works from global artists redefining the art of the possible and to have them sitting side-by-side in the final week was a great marker of maturity for Brisbane Festival,” he said.

“Brisbane has never seen anything like Invisible Cities.

“To sit in that vast warehouse was to witness not only an indisputably great work of performance but also, to take part in a moment when the Festival came of age.”

Incoming artistic director Louise Bezzina will replace Mr Berthold to shape next year’s Brisbane Festival.

“I look forward to announcing new collaborations that will unite the city and broaden Brisbane Festival’s reach and revealing new spaces to inhabit including a new festival hub within South Bank,” she said.

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