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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2004 (Reissue)  
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ATTENDANCE

According to the ABS Survey of Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, over one-half (53%) of the population aged 18 years and over attended at least one type of performing arts performance in the 12 month period prior to interview in April 2002. Over a quarter (26%) of the population had attended Popular music concerts, while about one-fifth had seen Musicals and operas (19%) and Theatre performances (18%).

12.1 ATTENDANCE RATES FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS(a) - 2002
Graph: 12.1 ATTENDANCE RATES FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS(a)—2002



The attendance rates for females exceeded those of males for all events except popular music concerts. For most events, attendance was correlated with age. The best example of this is Popular music concerts, where attendance peaked with the youngest age group (44% for 18-24 years olds), dropping progressively with each older age group, to 10% for those aged 65 years and over.

12.2 ATTENDANCE AT PERFORMING ARTS VENUES AND EVENTS(a), By selected characteristics - 2002

Classical music concerts
Popular music concerts
Theatre performances
Dance performances
Musicals and operas
Other performing arts

NUMBER ('000)

Males
552.3
1 910.6
1 100.1
600.8
1 084.7
1 380.7
Females
746.6
1 922.9
1 506.9
980.1
1 621.1
1 575.1
18-24 years
119.5
834.0
376.5
199.6
304.7
444.2
25-34 years
190.7
966.4
515.0
298.2
520.4
698.5
35-44 years
237.1
760.9
567.7
409.3
502.3
613.4
45-54 years
287.0
658.1
527.4
319.2
571.5
544.7
55-64 years
248.6
382.6
330.7
201.2
437.6
367.8
65 years and over
216.0
231.6
289.8
153.4
369.4
287.2
Six state capital cities
976.9
2 519.4
1 758.0
1 021.0
1 879.6
1 998.6
Rest of Australia
321.9
1 314.1
849.1
560.0
826.2
957.1
NSW
487.6
1 322.8
858.3
539.4
935.3
955.5
Vic.
319.8
994.2
705.6
364.8
772.9
759.6
Qld
177.5
621.6
433.2
294.1
466.7
516.2
SA
103.1
284.0
181.6
114.8
181.0
277.6
WA
138.3
421.7
293.0
177.3
229.1
322.7
Tas.
31.2
87.1
60.1
33.9
54.1
63.1
NT
10.1
26.3
16.4
15.6
19.4
18.8
ACT
31.3
76.0
58.9
40.9
47.1
42.2
Total
1 298.9
3 833.6
2 607.1
1 581.0
2 705.8
2 955.7

ATTENDANCE RATE (%)

Males
7.7
26.6
15.3
8.4
15.1
19.2
Females
10.2
26.2
20.6
13.4
22.1
21.5
18-24 years
6.3
43.8
19.8
10.5
16.0
23.3
25-34 years
6.6
33.2
17.7
10.3
17.9
24.0
35-44 years
8.1
25.9
19.4
14.0
17.1
20.9
45-54 years
10.9
24.9
19.9
12.1
21.6
20.6
55-64 years
13.2
20.3
17.6
10.7
23.2
19.5
65 years and over
9.7
10.4
13.0
6.9
16.6
12.9
Six state capital cities
10.6
27.3
19.0
11.1
20.4
21.7
Rest of Australia
6.1
24.9
16.1
10.6
15.7
18.1
NSW
10.0
27.0
17.5
11.0
19.1
19.5
Vic.
8.7
27.1
19.3
10.0
21.1
20.7
Qld
6.6
23.0
16.0
10.9
17.3
19.1
SA
9.1
25.0
16.0
10.1
16.0
24.5
WA
9.7
29.6
20.6
12.4
16.1
22.6
Tas.
9.0
25.2
17.4
9.8
15.7
18.3
NT
9.5
24.9
15.6
14.8
18.4
17.8
ACT
13.5
32.9
25.5
17.7
20.4
18.3
Total
9.0
26.4
18.0
10.9
18.7
20.4

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


Popular music and classical music concerts were the events most likely to attract multiple visits, with around 60% of people attending more than once over a 12 month period. This fell to about 40% for those who attended more than twice and around 25% for those who attended more than three times.

12.3 FREQUENCY OF ATTENDANCE AT PERFORMING ARTS VENUES AND EVENTS(a) - 2002

Classical music concerts
Popular music concerts
Theatre performances
Dance performances
Musicals and operas
Other performing arts

NUMBER ('000)

Once
543.2
1 385.2
1 246.8
781.2
1 467.3
1 723.7
Twice
276.5
857.5
692.1
319.2
708.7
584.8
3 times
165.4
530.5
247.3
159.5
280.9
291.2
4 times
99.5
270.9
131.5
95.1
115.1
107.1
5 times
69.5
218.5
94.3
67.4
55.0
66.5
6-10 times
92.3
309.0
131.6
87.6
52.4
107.1
11 times or more
52.5
262.1
63.5
71.1
*26.4
75.4
Total
1 298.9
3 833.6
2 607.1
1 581.0
2 705.8
2 955.7

ATTENDANCE RATE (%)

Once
41.8
36.1
47.8
49.4
54.2
58.3
Twice
21.3
22.4
26.5
20.2
26.2
19.8
3 times
12.7
13.8
9.5
10.1
10.4
9.9
4 times
7.7
7.1
5.0
6.0
4.3
3.6
5 times
5.4
5.7
3.6
4.3
2.0
2.2
6-10 times
7.1
8.1
5.0
5.5
1.9
3.6
11 times or more
4.0
6.8
2.4
4.5
*1.0
2.6
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) In the 12 months before interview.
ABS, Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2002 (cat. no. 4114.0).



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