4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010  
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ATTENDANCE AT SELECTED CULTURAL VENUES AND EVENTS

In 1991, the ABS conducted its first survey on Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events (cat. no. 4114.0). The survey has been repeated several times since then, the most recent results being for the period 2005-06.

In 2005-06, 65% of adult Australians attended the cinema at least once in the 12-months before their survey interview, making the cinema the most popular cultural venue.

Other popular venues included zoological parks and aquariums (an attendance rate of 36%), local, state and national libraries (34%) and botanic gardens (34%).

The survey also included the following cultural events: popular music concerts, classical music concerts, theatre performances, dance performances, musicals and operas, and other performing arts. Of these 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.
Source: Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4114.0).



Characteristics of attendees

Female attendance rates were higher than males at all selected cultural venues or events. The difference was most apparent for local, state and national libraries (41% of females compared with 27% of males) and musicals and operas (21% compared with 12%).

1.3 Persons attending selected cultural venues and events(a), By sex - 2005-06
Graph: 1.3 Persons attending selected cultural venues and events(a), By sex—2005–06



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

People aged 15-24 years were those most likely to attend popular music concerts and the cinema, while people aged 25-44 years were those most likely to visit zoological parks and aquariums. By comparison, people aged 45-64 years were those most likely to attend classical music concerts and musicals and operas.

1.4 ATTENDANCE RATES(a), By age - 2005-06

AGE GROUP (YEARS)
15-17
18-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65-74
75 and
over
Total

ATTENDANCE RATE (%)

Art galleries
23.1
17.6
22.5
23.4
26.6
25.8
21.5
15.6
22.7
Museums
25.2
15.7
23.6
27.2
25.1
24.9
19.2
11.0
22.6
Zoological parks and aquariums
42.0
35.4
46.5
46.0
32.0
31.0
22.7
11.0
35.6
Botanic gardens
21.0
28.7
37.6
35.9
35.2
37.4
34.9
23.5
33.7
Local, state and national libraries
45.8
33.9
32.7
37.3
33.6
30.3
33.6
29.9
34.1
Popular music concerts
31.2
40.0
30.9
25.1
26.5
18.7
12.9
6.5
25.2
Classical music concerts
6.4
6.0
7.0
8.3
12.4
12.8
11.8
9.6
9.4
Theatre performances
24.5
15.8
15.4
15.5
20.3
20.1
16.8
7.6
17.0
Dance performances
18.9
8.2
9.4
12.3
12.8
8.5
6.7
4.3
10.2
Musicals and operas
18.1
13.7
13.6
17.0
19.0
19.9
16.0
11.5
16.3
Other performing arts
20.0
16.1
19.0
19.3
17.3
15.9
11.7
7.1
16.6
Cinema
93.1
84.5
75.7
68.6
62.7
55.6
44.8
26.7
65.2

(a) Number attending in the 12 months before interview as a percentage of the population in the relevant age group.
Source: Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4114.0).



Frequency of attendance

Some venues and events were more likely to attract repeat visitors than others. More than two-thirds (71%) of local, state and national library attendees reported visiting at least five times during the 12-month period before being interviewed. Similarly, cinemas were popular with over half (54%) 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 other performing arts, musicals and operas, dance performances and museums.

1.5 FREQUENCY OF ATTENDANCE AT CULTURAL VENUES AND EVENTS - 2005-06

FREQUENCY OF ATTENDANCE(a)
Once
only
2-4
times
5 times
or more
Total
%
%
%
%
'000

Art galleries
36.5
46.1
*17.3
100.0
3 630.7
Museums
50.4
38.9
**10.6
100.0
3 611.9
Zoological parks and aquariums
47.9
43.4
**8.7
100.0
5 699.8
Botanic gardens
37.7
45.1
*17.1
100.0
5 390.9
Local, state and national libraries
4.9
24.1
71.0
100.0
5 454.5
Popular music concerts
34.7
46.8
*18.5
100.0
4 035.9
Classical music concerts
42.1
*42.0
**15.8
100.0
1 508.1
Theatre performances
46.6
41.9
**11.5
100.0
2 723.2
Dance performances
54.4
*37.0
**8.6
100.0
1 625.0
Musicals and operas
54.6
39.0
**6.3
100.0
2 613.9
Other performing arts
63.8
*29.4
**6.9
100.0
2 655.0
Cinema
9.5
36.4
54.1
100.0
10 431.4

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) In the 12 months before interview.
Source: Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4114.0).



Table 1.6 shows attendance rates recorded in 2005-06, compared with attendance rates from previous ABS surveys conducted in 1995 and 1999. Attendance rates in 2005-06 were similar to the earlier years. It is important to note that some changes in survey collection methods have occurred across the years and this may affect the validity of comparisons.

1.6 ATTENDANCE AT SELECTED CULTURAL VENUES AND EVENTS(a) - 1995, 1999 and 2005-06

1995
1999
2005-06

ATTENDANCE RATE (%)

Art galleries
22.3
21.2
22.7
Museums
27.8
19.9
22.6
Zoological parks and aquariums
35.3
33.9
35.6
Botanic gardens
38.5
36.1
33.7
Local, state and national libraries
38.4
38.1
34.1
Popular music concerts
26.9
25.4
25.2
Classical music concerts
7.7
8.8
9.4
Theatre performances
16.6
16.5
17.0
Dance performances
10.0
9.0
10.2
Musicals and operas
19.3
16.3
16.3
Other performing arts
18.7
17.8
16.6
Cinema
62.1
67.0
65.2

(a) In the 12 months before interview.
Source: Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4114.0).






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