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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2004 (Reissue)  
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Contents >> Participation and Attendance >> Frequency of Attendance

FREQUENCY OF ATTENDANCE

Some venues and events were more likely to attract repeat visitors than others. About two-thirds (66%) of library attendees reported visiting at least five times during the 12 month period before being interviewed. Similarly, Cinemas were popular with over half (56%) the patrons having attended at least five times in 12 months.


The venues or events where the majority of people attending had been only once in the 12 month period were Museums other than art museums, Musicals and operas, and Other performing arts.

1.5 FREQUENCY OF ATTENDANCE AT CULTURAL VENUES AND EVENTS - 2002

Frequency of attendance(a)
Once only
2-4 times
5 times or more
Total
%
%
%
%
'000

Art museums and galleries
39.8
43.5
16.7
100.0
3 606.6
Other museums
52.6
37.2
10.2
100.0
3 623.2
Zoological parks and aquariums
47.2
43.5
9.3
100.0
5 808.3
Botanic gardens
37.0
44.8
18.1
100.0
6 034.2
Local, state and national libraries
6.5
27.3
66.3
100.0
6 110.2
Popular music concerts
36.1
43.3
20.6
100.0
3 833.6
Classical music concerts
41.8
41.7
16.5
100.0
1 298.9
Theatre
47.8
41.1
11.1
100.0
2 607.1
Dance performances
49.4
36.3
14.3
100.0
1 581.0
Musicals and operas
54.2
40.8
4.9
100.0
2 705.8
Other performing arts
58.3
33.3
8.4
100.0
2 955.7
Cinema
9.9
34.2
55.9
100.0
10 137.7

(a) In the 12 months before interview.
ABS, Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, 2002 (cat. no. 4114.0).


Table 1.6 shows attendance rates recorded in 2002, compared with attendance rates from previous ABS surveys conducted in 1991, 1995 and 1999. Generally, attendance rates in 2002 were slightly higher than in the earlier years. While it is important to note that some changes in survey collection methods have occurred across some of the years, these changes are likely to have had minimal impact on the results.

1.6 ATTENDANCE AT SELECTED CULTURAL VENUES AND EVENTS(a) - 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2002

1991
1995
1999
2002

ATTENDANCE RATE (%)

Art museums and galleries
23.9
22.1
20.9
24.9
Other museums
30.0
27.4
19.6
25.0
Zoological parks and aquariums
na
35.0
33.8
40.0
Botanic gardens
na
38.4
36.4
41.6
Local, state and national libraries
na
37.4
36.8
42.1
Popular music concerts
28.6
26.4
24.7
26.4
Classical music concerts
8.2
7.8
9.0
9.0
Theatre
17.8
16.0
16.0
18.0
Dance performances
11.2
9.9
8.8
10.9
Musicals and operas
20.1
19.3
16.3
18.7
Other performing arts
na
18.5
17.8
20.4
Cinema
na
60.4
65.6
69.9

na not available
(a) In the 12 months before interview.
ABS, Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, 2002 (cat. no. 4114.0).


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