Christmas concerts are keeping Australian artists employed

For the performing artists who get busier than ever at this time of year, the main focus of their work is bringing good cheer.
Christmas. A clapping and joyful standing audience looking around, while a performer with a red dress throws their arms in the air on the stage behind them.

Christmas carol concerts are Australia’s most popular arts event. Sydney’s Carols in the Domain regularly attracts a live audience of tens of thousands, with a million watching the follow-up broadcast. 

Outside of sports pre-show and half-time entertainment, it is the most popular showcase of Australian musical talent. It is comparable only to the national broadcast audience for the grand finale of The Voice, which attracted just over a million viewers this year. Many more Australians will attend local church, school and community concerts showcasing amateur and professional musicians.

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David Burton is a writer from Meanjin, Brisbane. David also works as a playwright, director and author. He is the playwright of over 30 professionally produced plays. He holds a Doctorate in the Creative Industries.