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 a new discounted Sunday “locals” pass – 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!).
Feature Events are individually ticketed events during Festival week in venues across the region (a few of them are free). Access to Feature 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 5 August are only $40 for one child and accompanying adult (or $60 for two kids, $80 for three kids).
Ticket types and prices are explained here:
Early Bird Tickets – SOLD OUT
Purchase your 3-day pass early to save money. A limited release of Early Bird tickets are on-sale before the full Festival program is announced. Early Bird tickets give access to Festival sessions in the main program, excluding workshops and separately ticketed events.
Early Bird 3-Day General: $268
Early Bird 3-Day Members: $233
General Release Tickets
If you would rather wait until you 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 General: $299
3-Day Members/Students: $254
1-Day General: $132 (Includes Festival entry on your selected day. Available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday until sold-out)
1-Day Members/Students: $111 (Includes Festival entry on your selected day. Available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday until sold-out)
Sunday ‘Locals’ pass, discounted price: $80 – SOLD OUT
Looking after our locals in 2018! Discounted tickets for Sunday – save $50 per ticket – available to residents of the Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas. Tickets are only available for purchase from the festival office, and purchasers will need to present proof of address (maximum two tickets per person). Limited release, available until sold out.
Kids Big Day Out passes (KBDO)
40 – 1 child & 1 accompanying adult
$60 – 2 children & 1 adult
$80 – 3 children & 1 adult
Includes access for an accompanying adult to the children’s program on Sunday in the Greenstone Partners Marquee only. Children must be accompanied at all times.
Workshop and Feature Event tickets
A program of separately ticketed workshops and feature events – some of them free – runs in the lead-up to the main Festival weekend. Ticket prices vary and details will be released when the full program is announced in June.