4114.0 - Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
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CHILDREN'S ATTENDANCE

During the 12 months before interview in 2017-18, 2.9 million children aged 5 to 14 years attended at least one cultural venue or event outside of school hours (94.3%). The most popular cultural venue or event for children was going to the Cinema or drive-in, with 87.7% of children going at least once. The second most popular venue or event was Libraries and archives (53.1%), followed by Museums (45.2%). Musicals and operas was the venue or event with the lowest attendance rate for children, at 14.7%.

Graph 1. Attendance rates for children aged 5-14 years, by selected cultural venues and events (a), 2017-18
Graph 1. Attendance rates for children aged 5-14 years, by selected cultural venues and events (a), 2017-18
Footnote: (a) Attending outside of school hours


ATTENDANCE RATES

Australian Capital Territory children had the highest overall attendance rates (97.3%) as well as highest relative attendance rates for:

  • Cinemas and drive-ins (5.4 percentage points above the national rate)
  • Art galleries (14.9 percentage points above the national rate)
  • Live music concerts and performances (5.6 percentage points above the national rate)
  • Theatre performances (10.6 percentage points above the national rate) and
  • Musicals and operas (4.5 percentage points above the national rate).

Tasmanian children had the highest relative attendance rates for Museums (20.4 percentage points above the national rate) and Dance performances (3.8 percentage points above the national rate). Western Australian children had the highest attendance rates for Libraries and archives (5.3 percentage points above the national rate), and South Australian children had the highest attendance rates for Other performing arts (25.0 percentage points above the national rate).

Their very high Other performing arts attendance rates resulted in South Australian children topping the overall Performing arts attendance rates, with a rate of 70.1%. This compares with the national rate of 56.7%, and is still well ahead of the next highest overall Performing arts attendance rate of 64.0%, held by Tasmanian children.

Overall, attendance rates increased slightly for older children. This was driven by attendance at Cinemas or drive-ins, which was the most popular activity for all children, and slightly more popular for 12-14 year olds (who had a 89.7% attendance rate) than for 5-8 year olds (who had a 85.5% attendance rate).

Compared to older children, 5 to 8 year olds had relatively high rates of attendance at Museums (4.6 percentage points above the total children's rate) and Libraries and archives (4.2 percentage points above the total children's rate).


FREQUENCY OF ATTENDANCE

Similar to the patterns of attendance for adult attendees, Libraries and archives had different attendance patterns for children when compared with other venues and events. Around half (52.1%) of the children who visited a Library or archive attended more than 5 times in the 12 month period.

Cinemas and drive-ins also attracted high rates or repeated attendance, however children attending Performing arts events or visiting an art gallery or museum were most likely to attend only once in the 12 month period.

Graph 2. Children aged 5–14 years attending selected cultural venues and events, by frequency of attendance


Footnote: (a) Attending outside of school hours