4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2007  
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The ABS conducted a survey during 2005–06 to collect information about attendance at 12 types of cultural venues and events including art galleries, museums, libraries, zoos and aquariums, botanic gardens, popular and classical music concerts, a range of performing arts, and the cinema.

These cultural venues and events are very popular – 85% of people aged 15 years and over attended at least one during the survey year.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • Of the 12 types of venues and events included in the survey, the cinema was the most popular, followed by zoos and aquariums, and then libraries.
  • Around 10.5 million people aged 15 years and over went to the movies during the survey year. Of these movie-goers, one in five went more than 10 times.
  • Women were more likely than men to attend most of the venues and events. However, both sexes were equally likely to visit a museum or go to a popular music concert.
  • Residents of the ACT had the highest attendance rate for most cultural venues and events. However, Western Australians had the highest rate for zoos and aquariums, while South Australians were the most likely to visit a library.

Detailed findings from the survey are available in the ABS publication Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2005–06 (cat. no. 4114.0).