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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
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Contents >> Participation and attendance >> Children's Involvement in Cultural Activities

CHILDREN'S INVOLVEMENT IN CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Many children take part in cultural activities during school hours often as part of compulsory lessons. Some children also undertake cultural activities in their own time. According to the 2009 ABS survey of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities (ABS 2009a), approximately one-third (34%) of children aged 5-14 years were involved in at least one of four selected organised cultural activities outside of school hours. In the 12 months to April 2009, Playing a musical instrument was the most popular of the selected cultural activities (535,400 children), followed by Dancing (390,400), Singing (164,700) and Drama (126,700).

Almost twice as many girls as boys (45% compared with 23%) participated in at least one of these activities. Whilst the participation rates of girls (21%) and boys (19%) were similar for Playing a musical instrument, girls were much more likely to take part in Dancing than boys with participation rates of (26% and 3% respectively).

1.12 CHILDREN'S PARTICIPATION IN ORGANISED CULTURAL ACTIVITIES(a) - 2009
Graph: 1.12 CHILDREN'S PARTICIPATION IN ORGANISED CULTURAL ACTIVITIES(a)—2009






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