Byron Writers Festival is a non-profit organisation, and most of our revenue is self-generated – with a majority coming from Festival ticket sales. So each year we think carefully about how to make the Festival accessible to our audience, while also covering our costs.
We know that not everybody can afford (or wants) a 3-day pass. That’s why we have created a number of different ticket types – including our Sunday Locals’ and Sunday Family passes – so people from all walks of life can enjoy the stories, discussion and debate that make up the Festival program.
What type of ticket should I buy?
Byron Writers Festival is set up a bit like a music festival, with six stages that you can move between as you please, featuring panel discussions and conversations. If you buy a 3-Day pass or a 1-Day pass you will get access to all sessions happening in the main Festival program for your chosen days (for 3-Day pass holders that’s around 115+ sessions to choose from!).
Satellite Events are individually ticketed events during Festival week in venues across the region (a few of them are free). Access to Satellite Events is not included in 3-Day and 1-Day passes.
If you want to bring your little ones along to meet their favourite childrens’ authors, tickets to Kids Big Day Out at the main Festival site on Sunday 4 August are only $40 for one child and accompanying adult (add $20 for each additional child). Our new Sunday Family Pass gives access to 2 adults and 1 child for $120 (add $20 for each additional child).
Ticket types and prices are explained here:
Extra Early Bird Tickets (NEW, 3 – 9 April 2019)
Purchase your 3-day Pass at the lowest possible price. Extra Early Bird tickets give access to Festival sessions in the main program, excluding workshops and separately ticketed events. Please note no guests will be announced when Extra Early Bird tickets go on sale.
3-Day Extra Early Bird Pass: $225 Members / $265 General
Early Bird Tickets (8 – 14 May, 2019)
Our second release of discounted 3-day Passes, with first guests announced. Early Bird tickets give access to Festival sessions in the main program, excluding workshops and separately ticketed events.
3-Day Early Bird Pass: $235 Members / $275 General
General Release Tickets (from 12 June, 2019)
If you would rather wait until the full program is announced before you commit, you can choose from our full suite of general release tickets. These tickets give access to Festival sessions in the main program, excluding workshops and separately ticketed events.
3-Day Pass: $255 Members / $299 General 1-Day Pass: $110 Members / $135 General
Sunday Locals’ pass, discounted price (from 12 June, 2019) – SOLD OUT
Looking after our locals in 2019! Discounted tickets for Sunday – save $55 per ticket – available to residents of the Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas. Tickets are available for purchase online, over the phone or from the festival office. Purchasers will need to present proof of address (maximum two tickets per person) upon ticket collection at the Festival Box Office. Limited release, available until sold out. Supported by Stone & Wood
Sunday Pass: $80 General
Kids Big Day Out Passes (from 12 June, 2019)
Gain access for one child and one accompanying adult to the children’s program on Sunday in the Greenstone Partners Marquee only. Children must be accompanied at all times.
$40 for 1 child and 1 adult ($20 for each additional child)
Sunday Family Passes (NEW, from 12 June, 2019)
Gain access for one child and two adults on the Sunday. One adult can enjoy the full program of sessions on Sunday while the other adult accompanies your child(ren) to the Kids Big Day Out program. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult at all times.
$120 for 1 child and 2 adults ($20 for each additional child)
Workshop and Satellite Event tickets
A program of separately ticketed workshops and Satellite events – some of them free – runs in the lead-up to the main Festival weekend and on weekend evenings. Ticket prices vary and details will be released when the full program is announced in June.