Photo credit: Jay Newman

Britt Festival celebrates successful season despite wildfires, pandemic

Photo credit: Jay Newman

MEDFORD, Ore.- The Britt Music & Arts Festival is celebrating a successful close to its 2021 season despite the impacts of wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

It says ticket sales for the Britt Presents series started strong with high membership enrollment, and the first sold-out show shortly after. It says despite a slump in ticket sales due to August wildfire smoke, they rebounded toward the end of the season.

“We had to be ready to pivot and react to whatever the circumstances warranted and we are proud.” Said Britt CEO, Donna Briggs. 

During the shortened season, Britt presented 15 popular Britt Presents concerts, seven Britt Festival Orchestra concerts, and nine online BrittKids Koncert videos. Four of the 15 Britt Present concerts also sold out: Trampled by Turtles, ZZ Top, Rebelution, and Lee Brice.

Photo credit: Jay Newman

The festival is celebrating growth compared to previous years. It says overall attendance for its concerts was up when compared to 2019. Attendance for the 15 Britt Presents concerts was 26,859, with an average attendance of 1,790 patrons per concert.

The Britt Membership drive for 2022 began October 8th. The public can learn more about supporting Britt at http://www.brittfest.org/supportbritt.

Grace Smith is co-anchor for NBC5 News at 6. The Chicago native is a recent graduate of University of Miami with a Communication Honors degree specializing in Broadcast Journalism. She minored in Creative Writing and focused her senior thesis on social media usage and engagement. During her time at the University of Miami, she anchored multiple award-winning student television programs, covering everything from music festivals to the Super Bowl. Though she loved Miami's beaches, she's thrilled to be in the Pacific Northwest where she can experience all four seasons and have a real Christmas tree! When she’s not at work, you can find Grace glued to any television showing live sports (especially if it's the Chicago Bears) or attempting a new recipe as she learns to cook.
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