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Wondering which ticket is right for you? Read on for our quick guide to the 2019 Byron Writers Festival.

A festival for your mind!

Byron Writers Festival is set up a bit like a music festival, with six stages that you can move between as you please, featuring concurrent panel discussions and conversations with more than 140 writers and thinkers from around Australia and the world. The Festival has a number of different ticket types, so people from all walks of life can enjoy the stories, discussion ,and debate that make up the Festival program.

3-day pass

A 3-day pass gives you access to all sessions (121 of them!) happening in the main Festival program across the whole weekend. This pass is a great choice if you would like the time and space to fully immerse yourself in the Festival and wish to attend for more than just one day.

1-day pass

A 1-day pass gives you access to sessions happening in the main Festival program for your chosen day – Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. This pass is the best choice if you have limited time but still want the Festival experience.

The hardest part about purchasing a 1-day pass is choosing which day! Rest assured the Festival program is designed so that a range of topics and themes are covered each day and as it’s often the names you don’t recognise that leave the biggest impression, you really can’t go wrong.

Kids Big Day Out passes

The Kids Big Day Out pass admits one child (6–12 years) and one accompanying adult to the Kids Big Day Out marquee at the Festival on Sunday 4 August for $40. Additional children are $20 each, and preschoolers are free. This pass is suitable only if you plan on attending the Kids Big Day Out program with your children.

Sunday family pass

The new Sunday family pass admits one child (6–12 years) and two adults to the Festival site on Sunday 4 August for $120. Additional children are $20 each, and preschoolers are free. This pass is a great option if you love the idea of sharing the kids’ program with your children but also wish to catch other sessions in the main program.

Please note that with this pass children gain access to the Kids Big Day Out program only, which takes place on Sunday in one marquee from 8.45am till 2pm. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult at all times. Adults gain access to the whole Sunday program, but cannot leave their children unsupervised, so will need to tag team with the other adult admitted on the pass.

Workshop and satellite event tickets

A program of separately ticketed workshops and satellite events takes place over the Festival weekend throughout the Northern Rivers region. Satellite events feature a curated selection of Festival guests, and some of these events are free – the perfect solution if you can’t make it to the main Festival, or have never been before and are curious to get a taste of the writers festival.

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Welcome to Byron Writers Festival 2019! 

Now more than ever our world needs writers, environmentalists, poets, commentators, politicians, and artists who together can shape stories of hope, courage, and change. At Byron Writers Festival 2019 we proudly bring more than 140 writers together to create a program brimming with diverse voices.


You’ll love the Byron Writers Festival if…

Check out what's to love at the Byron Writers Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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