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

CHARACTERISTICS OF ATTENDEES

For almost all venues and events, attendance rates for females were higher than for males. The differences were most apparent for Local, state and national libraries (50% of females compared with 35% of males) and Musicals and operas (22% compared with 15%).

1.3 Persons attending selected cultural venues and events, By sex - 2002
Graph: 1.3 Persons attending selected cultural venues and events, By sex—2002



Attendance patterns at the cultural venues and events varied considerably for the different age groups.


People aged 18-24 years were those most likely to attend Popular music concerts and the Cinema, while people aged 25-34 years were those most likely to visit Zoological parks and aquariums and Botanic gardens. By comparison, people aged 55-64 years were those most likely to attend Classical music concerts and Musicals and operas.


People aged 65 years and over generally recorded lower attendance rates for all cultural venues and events than younger age groups.

1.4 ATTENDANCE RATES(a), By age - 2002

Age group (years)
18-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65 and over
Total

ATTENDANCE RATE (%)

Art museums and galleries
23.8
23.9
25.8
27.8
28.0
19.7
24.9
Other museums
22.3
27.0
29.1
25.3
25.7
18.3
25.0
Zoological parks and aquariums
43.2
51.9
49.1
36.7
32.8
20.1
40.0
Botanic gardens
42.6
45.5
43.4
41.4
42.2
33.1
41.6
Local, state and national libraries
47.2
42.0
47.4
41.9
36.9
35.7
42.1
Popular music concerts
43.8
33.2
25.9
24.9
20.3
10.4
26.4
Classical music concerts
6.3
6.6
8.1
10.9
13.2
9.7
9.0
Theatre
19.8
17.7
19.4
19.9
17.6
13.0
18.0
Dance performances
10.5
10.3
14.0
12.1
10.7
6.9
10.9
Musicals and operas
16.0
17.9
17.1
21.6
23.2
16.6
18.7
Other performing arts
23.3
24.0
20.9
20.6
19.5
12.9
20.4
Cinema
92.1
81.0
76.7
69.9
56.7
38.6
69.9

NUMBER ('000)

Total population
1 904.9
2 907.2
2 932.8
2 644.6
1 884.1
2 229.7
14 503.3

(a) Number attending in the 12 months before interview as a percentage of the population in the relevant age group.
ABS, Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, 2002 (cat. no. 4114.0).



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