The Rencontres d’Arles : Report 2011
The 42 nd edition of the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival breaks attendance records.
84,000 people visited the exhibitions in Arles from 4th July to 18th September 2011, a 15% increase (11,000 visitors) from 2010.
Crowds of visitors occurred over three different periods: 13,000 professionals attended the opening week, a great flow of visitors remained throughout the summer with a record week around 15 th August (8,500 visitors) and over 8,200 students, 630 teachers and 270 classes during Back to School with Images in September.
This 42 nd edition confirms the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival’s place as a unique hub for professional exchange as well as an educational platform for a very wide audience, which is curious about photographic creativity of all kinds.
In 2011, French visitors made up 90% of the Rencontres d’Arles’ audience. 28% of them were first time visitors to the festival whereas 72% had already visited the Rencontres d’Arles over the past five years.
The budget of the 2011 Rencontres d’Arles was €5.5 million excl. VAT. 46% of which came from public funding, 37% from own revenues (mainly from ticket and merchandising sales) and 16% from private partnerships. The average price for a ticket is €27 for 47 exhibitions. Entrance to the exhibitions is free for visitors under 18, residents of Arles, members of RSA, AAH, ASS and people with limited access abilities.
350 people (contractors excluded) helped produce this 42nd edition.