4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Oct 2006  
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SOCIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF CULTURAL ATTENDEES

People choose to spend their leisure time in various ways. Some people's choices include visiting cultural venues, attending cultural events and participating in cultural activities. Information about these choices, and also the choices of people who do not access arts and cultural heritage services, is important for policy makers and service providers. In addition to understanding the interests of consumers, it is also important to research and understand the reasons for other people not consuming arts and cultural heritage services.

The NCCRS has completed an analysis of the characteristics of attendees at selected cultural venues and events, and also a separate analysis of the characteristics of frequent attendees. These analyses aim to explore the key questions:

  • Why do people attend, or not attend, cultural venues and events?
  • What are the barriers and motivators?
  • Do the barriers and motivators differ between different cultural venues and events?
  • Why do some people attend cultural venues and events more frequently than others?

The report The Social and Demographic Characteristics of Cultural Attendees will soon be released on the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group web site at www.dcita.gov.au/swg. For further information about this report please contact Katrina Baker on (08) 8237 7449 or email <katrina.baker@abs.gov.au>.