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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
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Contents >> 1.0 Participation and Attendance - Introduction >> Attendance at selected cultural venues and events

ATTENDANCE AT SELECTED CULTURAL VENUES AND EVENTS


In 1991, the ABS conducted its first survey on attendance patterns of Australians at cultural venues and events. The survey has been repeated several times since then, most recently in 2005-06.


That survey found the most popular venue to be the cinema for people aged 15 years and over. Some 65% of adult Australians attended the Cinema at least once in the 12 months before their survey interview.


Other popular venues included Zoological parks and aquariums ( an attendance rate of 36%), Local, state and national libraries (34%) and Botanic gardens (34%).


Of the performing arts activities, Popular music concerts had the highest attendance rate, with 25% of Australians aged 15 years or more attending at least one concert in the 12-month period.

1.2 Persons attending selected cultural venues and events(a) - 2005-06

Number of people attending
Attendance rate(b)
Venue or activity
'000
%

Art galleries
3 630.7
22.7
Museums
3 611.9
22.6
Zoological parks and aquariums
5 699.8
35.6
Botanic gardens
5 390.9
33.7
Local, state and national libraries
5 454.5
34.1
Popular music concerts
4 035.9
25.2
Classical music concerts
1 508.1
9.4
Theatre performances
2 723.2
17.0
Dance performances
1 625.0
10.2
Musicals and operas
2 613.9
16.3
Other performing arts
2 655.0
16.6
Cinema
10 431.4
65.2

(a) In the 12 months before interview.
(b) Number attending as a percentage of the population aged 15 years and over.
ABS, Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4114.0).


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